This is one of Ngoma's oldest songs, very much influenced by Marcos' time living in Guatemala and playing guitar in an otherwise all-Garifuna band. When he came to Vancouver in 1989, he noticed that kind of energy was missing in the music scene and it inspired him to bring it through his newly formed group Ngoma. The song is in D major.
Ngoma played every province in the maritimes, including Newfoundland, in a variety of tours over the years. This would be one of the earlier tours to this part of the world. The tenor sax player is from Liverpool, UK, who we found from an ad in a local paper as our trumpet player Wendie couldn't come on tour with us that year.
We drove straight from Vancouver to Halifax for the Halifax Busker's Fest, and this took four days of non-stop driving. You can see how tired we still are, as this was filmed not long after after we arrived in the city.
Marcos X - congas
Sean Dimitrie - guitar
Tia Real - vocals and percussion
Vicki Rae - bass and vocals
Karine Zamor - vocals and percussion
Mike Eby - alto sax
Paul Strachlan - tenor sax
Allain Allain - drums