Rei Momo

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Rei Momo
Rei Momo.jpg
Studio album by David Byrne
Released 3 October 1989
Genre Latin, worldbeat, alternative rock
Length 63:37
Label Luaka Bop/Sire
Producer David Byrne and Steve Lillywhite
David Byrne chronology
The Last Emperor
(1987)The Last Emperor1987
Rei Momo
(1989)
The Forest
(1991)The Forest1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[2]
LA Times 3.5 stars[3]

Rei Momo is an album by David Byrne, released on 3 October 1989 that features many Afro-Cuban, Afro-Hispanic, and Brazilian song styles including merengue, Cuban Son, samba, mambo, cumbia, cha-cha-chá, bomba, and charanga.

Initially, the album was released with three more tracks on the cassette tape than the LP; all songs are present on the compact disc.

Performed track 4 on Saturday Night Live's Thanksgiving show 1989.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by David Byrne; except where indicated

  1. "Independence Day" – 5:45 (Cumbia) (feat. Kirsty MacColl)
  2. "Make Believe Mambo" – 5:23 (Orísa) (feat. Kirsty MacColl & Willie Colón)
  3. "The Call of the Wild" (Byrne, Johnny Pacheco) – 4:55 (Merengue)
  4. "Dirty Old Town" – 4:12 (Mapeyé)
  5. "The Rose Tattoo" (Byrne, Willie Colón) – 3:50 (Bomba/Mozambique)
  6. "Loco de Amor" (Byrne, Pacheco) – 3:51 (Salsa/Reggae) (feat. Celia Cruz)
  7. "The Dream Police" – 3:00 (Cha cha cha) (feat. Kirsty MacColl)
  8. "Don't Want to Be Part of Your World" – 4:55 (Samba) (feat. Kirsty MacColl)
  9. "Marching Through the Wilderness" (Byrne, Pacheco) – 4:30 (Charanga) (feat. Milton Cardona)
  10. "Good and Evil" – 4:35 (Rumba/Llesa)
  11. "Lie to Me" – 3:40 (Merengue) (feat. Kirsty MacColl)
  12. "Office Cowboy" (Byrne, Arto Lindsay) – 3:40 (Pagode) (feat. Herbert Vianna)
  13. "Women vs Men" – 4:06 (Bolero)
  14. "Carnival Eyes" – 4:04 (Mapeyé) (feat. Milton Cardona)
  15. "I Know Sometimes a Man Is Wrong" – 3:11

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
Worldwide 1989 Luaka Bop/Sire CD 25990
LP
Cassette tape 4-25990
1995 CD 7599-25990-2

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