Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca
L.A. County Holiday Celebration Featured Performers
Ricardo Lemvo has established himself as a pioneer with his innovative music. His blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms with Pan-African styles (soukous, Angolan semba and kizomba) has been described by the Los Angeles Times as “seamless and infectious.”
Lemvo hails from São Salvador Do Congo (M'Banza-Kongo), Zaire in Northern Angola. He grew up in Congo-Kinshasa where he was introduced to Cuban music by a cousin who owned a large collection of vintage Cuban LPs. Lemvo came to the U.S. more than 30 years ago to pursue a law degree but ended up devoting his life to music.
Lemvo is the embodiment of the Afro-Latin Diaspora which connects back to Mother Africa via the Cuban clave rhythm. He is truly multi-cultural and equally at home singing in Spanish, Portuguese, Kimbundu, Turkish, Lingala and Kikongo.