HELP US KEEP REPORTING. DONATE TO ORLANDO WEEKLY PRESS CLUB.

Wednesday, September 23, 1998

Review - Rumba Baby Rumba!

Artist: Bio Ritmo

Posted on Wed, Sep 23, 1998 at 4:00 AM

Rumba Baby Rumba!
Label: Triloka/Mercury
Media: CD
Format: Album
WorkNameSort: Rumba Baby Rumba!

Just as the so-called neo-swing bands don't aim to attract jazz purists, Bio Ritmo probably isn't planning to sow roots in Spanish Harlem. By indulging in a little Ricky Ricardo schtick, Bio Ritmo aims to cross over as only a salsa band from Richmond, Va., can.

To their credit, Bio Ritmo understands their audience well enough to offer a set of catchy melodies -- sung mostly in English -- that don't inspire anything more than smiles and dance-floor hip-swaying. When the band plays it straight, it relies on clichéd riffs that merely competent playing can't save. But songs like the salsoul-sounding "Call Me Up (644-7215)" and the goofball Caribbean-flavored "Ugly" succeed most convincingly.

Like the Squirrel Nut Zippers, Bio Ritmo transcends rote revivalism by allowing their natural eccentricities and modern inclinations to strut.

Tags:

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

October 21, 2020

View more issues

Calendar

© 2020 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation