Radio Bemba Sound System

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Radio Bemba Sound System
Radio Bemba Sound System.jpg
Live album by
ReleasedSeptember 17, 2002
RecordedSeptember 4-September 5, 2001
GenreLatin, reggae, ska
Length1:04:24
LabelVirgin Records
ProducerRenaud Letang
Manu Chao chronology
Próxima Estación: Esperanza
(2001)
Radio Bemba Sound System
(2002)
Sibérie m'était contéee
(2004)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars [1]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[2]
Pitchfork Media(8.0/10) [3]

Radio Bemba Sound System is a live album by Manu Chao that was released in 2002. It is the accompanying CD to the performer's live DVD Babylonia en Guagua, filmed over two nights (4–5 September) in 2001 during the tour for Proxima Estacion: Esperanza. Many of the songs found on Radio Bemba Sound System, such as "Machine Gun", "Peligro","Mala Vida","King Kong Five" and "The Monkey", are songs originally recorded by Manu Chao's previous band, Mano Negra. However the arrangements performed with Radio Bemba Sound System are more reggae-, ska-, and rock-oriented.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Intro" – 0:50
  2. "Bienvenida a Tijuana" – 01:55
  3. "Machine Gun" – 02:13
  4. "Por Dónde Saldrá el Sol?" – 02:41
  5. "Peligro" – 03:09
  6. "Welcome to Tijuana" – 02:50
  7. "El Viento" – 02:41
  8. "Casa Babylon" – 02:34
  9. "Por el Suelo" – 03:55
  10. "Blood and Fire" – 02:35
  11. "EZLN... Para Tod@s Todo..." – 01:41
  12. "Mr. Bobby" – 03:36
  13. "Bongo Bong" – 01:05
  14. "Radio Bemba" – 00:20
  15. "Qué Pasó Qué Pasó" – 00:54
  16. "Pinocchio (Viaggio In Groppa Al Tonno)" – 00:45
  17. "Cahí en la Trampa" – 02:10
  18. "Clandestino" – 02:59
  19. "Rumba de Barcelona" – 03:31
  20. "La Despedida" – 04:02
  21. "Mala Vida" – 02:26
  22. "Radio Bemba" – 00:34
  23. "Qué Pasó Qué Pasó" – 01:10
  24. "Pinocchio (Viaggio In Groppa Al Tonno)" – 00:45
  25. "La Primavera" – 03:32
  26. "The Monkey" – 01:59
  27. "King Kong Five" – 02:44
  28. "Minha Galera" – 03:17
  29. "Promiscuity" – 01:44

Personnel[edit]

Radio Bemba Sound System is also the name of Manu Chao's backing band, named for the communication system used in the Sierra Maestra by the Castro-and-Guevara-led rebels in the Cuban Revolution.

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[4] Gold 20,000^
Belgium (BEA)[5] Gold 25,000*
France (SNEP)[6] 2× Gold 269,500 [7]*
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[8] Gold 20,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

  1. ^ Radio Bemba Sound System at AllMusic
  2. ^ Hermes, Will. "Music Review: Radio Bemba Sound System", Entertainment Weekly, October 25, 2002.
  3. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  4. ^ "Discos de oro y platino" (in Spanish). Cámara Argentina de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – albums 2005". Ultratop. Hung Medien.
  6. ^ "French album certifications – Manu Chao – Radio Bemba Sound System" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique.
  7. ^ http://www.infodisc.fr/Ventes_Albums_Tout_Temps.php?debut=1468
  8. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Manu Chao; 'Radio Bemba Sound System')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien.