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
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
Cassette tape 4-25990
1995 CD 7599-25990-2