Tennerz: Stan Zeff featuring Princess La Tremenda – Guerreiro (Main Mix (Tambor Music)
Nope, we didn’t do a mistake… The title of this gem is most definitely ‘Guerreiro’. And not what the artwork shows, displaying it in the plural form. Unless somebody has done a mistake when listing it on Traxsource which, I think, is the case. But who cares at the end, as the main thing resides on what we’re offered to have a listen to at the end. And the result is pretty much worth the check as you might guess. With big ups to Atlanta Tambor Party resident DJ Stan Zeff who produced it.
Here we go with an instant crystal clear overall feeling. From Princess La Tremenda‘s sultry performance. To the arrangements of ‘Guerreiro’. All in all sounding like an irresistible dive into Brazilian/West African vibes. Its chord parts somehow bringing us back to the souvenir of Mory Kante‘s famous Kora harp play. With the whole serving as the perfect environment for the theme of the song. ‘Guerreiro’ meaning ‘Warrior’ in Portuguese. Meanwhile evoking the trials and tribulations that we go through in relationships. Therefore suggesting the existence of (at least) 2 protagonists. And bringing us back to the title of this song which, most likely, should be in plural…
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Originally from New York City, Princess La Tremenda began her professional career in Atlanta, GA. Back then, she would write and do background vocals for various artists. And this, in various genres, from R&B to Latin Jazz. The middle child of a military family, constant moving around during her formative years gave her an appreciation for various cultures. But also simultaneously diversified her musical influences.
Princess La Tremenda forged her experience through performing live at weddings and conventions around Atlanta. And Although she loved the Jazz and Soul music of her upbringing, she really found her calling elsewhere. And more precisely, while performing in Spanish or Portuguese.
She gained notoriety while jamming with an Afro-Cuban/Salsa group. Meanwhile establishing a solid connection with members of Cuban band Los Muñequitos de Matanzas. It was through these encounters that the nickname, ‘La Tremenda’, saw the light. A reflection of her confidence while immersed in the Afro-Latin culture.
She considers herself a folklorist of Pan African music. After a trip to Brazil, she eagerly learnt Spanish and Portuguese. This allowing her to incorporate these languages into her already evolving music style.
By 2008, Bill Summers invited her to create Spanish lyrics for his Latin Jazz composition ‘Conspiracy/Conjura’. Then, 5 years later, she released ‘Odara’. An EP which she co-wrote and produced along Carlos ‘Boca’ Silva, himself a former guitarist of Djavan.
‘Odara’ fuses Afro-Brazilian rhythms with Reggae and Soul music to create a unique sound. It features an alternative mix of ‘Mandigueira’ by the likes of Salah Ananse. Soon after, she embarked on the ‘Kulture Klub’ East Coast tour. Sharing the bill with various artists. From Forro da Madame to Darryl Reeves and Atlanta Brass Band to name a few.
Unafraid to explore new avenues of music, La Tremenda combines her world-class sonoric experience with energetic and interactive live shows that stand as her mark. She has graced international stages between North and South Americas well as Europe. This along with artists such as Derek Trucks, Victor Manuelle and Geronimo Santana.
In 2014, La Tremenda gained international exposure in Brazil. There, she most likely amazed the judges on season 3 of the Rede GLOBO show The Voice Brasil. Meanwhile, earning a top spot in the semi-finals on Team Carlinhos Brown. This getting her to sing along with Carlinhos Brown during a Carnaval at Salvador de Bahia in front of a 500,000 attendance.
We catch her for the very first time on these shores. Meanwhile sharing the duties with Atlanta Tambor Party resident DJ Stan Zeff on the irresistible ‘Guerreiro’…
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