Waiting n Swan

Last year I decided to record an album of songs that mix elements of the Tangos Flamenco rhythm with Reggae beats.

Reggae and Tangos Flamenco -- not to be confused with the Argentine Tango -- are deeply connected. Tangos has a lilt and features the same avoidance of beat one that Reggae and Salsa have, and to my ears it always sounded very different from other Flamenco forms.

I read that some believe the Caribbean rhythm was brought to the Spanish port Cadiz by sailors from merchant vessels, and that the catchy rhythm soon traveled to Andalusia, where it blended with local musical styles and became Tangos Flamenco. The word ‘tangos’ itself might be derived from the onomatopoeia ‘tang’ which resembles ‘the sound of the drum‘, while in some parts of South America the word ‘tangosa’ refers to Africans dancing to the beat of drums.

The deep roots of these three rhythms, Tangos, Reggae and Salsa, of course, lie in Africa.

Regarding the title of the new album, “Waiting n Swan”, the word “waiting” refers, of course, to the song “Waiting in Vain” and the phrase “n Swan” is Caribbean creole meaning “and so on”.

  • “Waiting n Swan”

    Ottmar Liebert

    SSRI 902021 (2015)

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Songs

TrackTimePreview
1. Is This Love (Li Mo Mix) 4:44
2. Heart Still/Beating (Reggae Version) 5:59
3. Swan 0:31
4. Could You Be Loved 4:54
5. No Woman No Cry 5:46
6. Jamming 4:56
7. Three Little Birds 5:14
8. Barcelona Nights (Reggae Version) 4:36
9. Them Belly Full (But We Hungry) 5:19
10. I Shot the Sheriff 4:13
11. Lively Up Yourself 3:37
12. Waiting in Vain 6:51

Writing + Publishing

Tracks #1, 4, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12 written by Bob Marley. Published by Blue Mountain Music Ltd o/b/o Fifty Six Hope Road Music Ltd & Blackwell Fuller Music Publishing LLC. All rights adm. by Kobalt Songs Music Publishing (ASCAP)

Track #5 written by Vincent Ford. Published by Blue Mountain Music Ltd o/b/o Fifty Six Hope Road Music Ltd & Blackwell Fuller Music Publishing LLC. All rights adm. by Kobalt Songs Music Publishing (ASCAP)

Track #9 written by Carleton Barrett & Lecon Cogill. Published by Blue Mountain Music Ltd o/b/o Fifty Six Hope Road Music Ltd & Blackwell Fuller Music Publishing LLC. All rights adm. by Kobalt Songs Music Publishing (ASCAP)

Track #2, 8 written by Ottmar Liebert. Published by BMG/Chrysalis Music o/b/o/ R2M Music & Luna Negra Music (BMI)

Track #3 written by Ottmar Liebert. Published by Luna Negra Music adm. by Holland Walk Muse (BMI)

Credits

Producer: OL + Jon Gagan 4 SSRI

Engineer: OL + Jon Gagan

Studio: Oto-Mare + The Electric Company

Mastering: OL @ Oto-Mare

Mixed by: OL @ Oto-Mare

Mix Medium: Digital

Record Medium: Digital

OL - Flamenco Guitar, Luitar, Drum Programming + Palmas
Jon Gagan - Electric Bass Guitar, Pick Bass, Upright Bass, Keyboards + Sound Design
Chris Steele - Drumkit, Cajon + Percussion

with
Mark Clark - Timbales + Percussion Colors 
Robby Rothschild - Cajon, Djembe + Silverware
Char Rothschild - Accordion
JQ Whitcomb - Trumpet

Photography: Greg Gorman + OL
Design: OL
Layout: Matt Gannon