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"You want fierce? You better believe it!", Paul Saucedo, LA Weekly - LA Weekly


"No Dancing, Please!? But how can we resist, when Mento Buru are reeling out track after track designed to set listeners' hips swaying and toes tapping? This carefully crafted album, the Californians' first, elegantly showcases all the bandmembers' best qualities -- their excellent songwriting, stellar arrangements, fantastic musicianship, and phenomenally tight sound. The group seems to have spent considerable time deep in the Jamaican archives, as well as trawling through 2-Tone tomes, and the result of the research is a fusion of styles that has been well tested to please, bound up with some innovative elements of the band's own. As with so many of the hird wave bands, the many monikered aggregates that provided the backings for myriad Jamaican singles in the '60s -- the Skatalites, the Supersonics, the Soul Vendors, et al. -- are major influences. But not surprisingly, this predominantly Latino band brings its own purer Latino stylings and funkier flavors to its jazzy sound, as well as to its 2-Tone-fired skankers. It's this meld that sets the band apart on the scene and gives it a thoroughly distinctive sound. The fusions are absolutely exhilarating -- high-energy ska, sweet reggae, ig-band sounds swinging around a toasting DJ, 2-Tone frenzy, and so much more, all dappled with Latino colors and wrapped around memorable melodies and songs. A phenomenal debut from one of the most accomplished bands on the scene". - Jo-Ann Greene (All Music Guide) - All Music Guide


"Mento Buru is an incredibly put together band from California. Their music blends energetic and smooth ska beats with other forms like jazz, latin,and reggae. This CD will get any music lover's toes tappin and probably even up and dancing. Their horn section is outstanding, with a smooth and talented rhythm section, and well put vocals. And for those of us who thought that something like a flute wouldn't go well with ska, this album will make you think again. A definite quality pick for music fans". Grant Overmoyer (Amazon.com) - Amazon.com


"The debut CD from California's Mento Buru is a collection of thirteen tracks that show their diverse style. From ska, Latin jazz, reggae, swing, and old R & B they combine it all to form their own unique, original sound.

The CD starts out with "Setbacks." It starts out with very light piano, cool and gentle, and then with a few taps on the drums, everything slides into some danceable tunes. Their unique style will quickly get you dancing, and show you what they are all about. Their horns are very tight and demonstrate great talent. The guitar is infectious from it's very jazzy licks to it's skankable riffs, you'll be dancing all the way through. The vocals are strong, and have their own sound. They don't sound plain and usual, but have their own flavor to them. "Poonanny" has some very flavorful keyboards that carry a strong jazzy feel to them, while the vocals demonstrate a reggae influence. While your dancing you will try and sing along to the songs. They are infectious and fun. "Ain't That Right?" has the Latin feeling underlined throughout the song. The vocals are not as strong as on the other tracks, and are mushy. But that aside, the music will keep your interest. The horns are played with passion, and so are the rest of the instruments. You can swing, sway, and just have a great time during this song. This song would also make a good party song, played during your outside barbecue. "Faraway" is very soulful. It will reach down and make you feel happiness. The guitar keeps your feet moving, and makes you skank along with each strike played on the guitar. The song has a very 60's Motown feeling to it. It's one of those songs you can imagine playing next to the Temptations and others on the classic radio station. "Beer Song" has nothing to do with beer. The songs an instrumental, but it's the kind of song you can imagine hearing in the background as you sip on a tropical drink on some exotic beach on a very lush and beautiful Caribbean Island. Yes, it has very Caribbean feeling to it. Spicy and hot, you'll kick back and just dance crazily to the song. "Pa Pim Pim Pum/Spanish Grease" will take you back to the National Geographics documentary you saw discussing tribes in other nations for the first minute, and then the song will change paces and add the Caribbean feel to your life. Another song you could imagine hearing on the beach, or at a Hawaiian party with a pig roasting in a big pit. "Swank" closes out the CD with some nice ska. You'll finish the CD by skankin' and having a great ol' time.

The Moon Ska information sheet says "Moon Ska Records is proud to release the debut CD from one of California's premier ska bands..." and they aren't kidding. These guys play ska with spice. Hot and tangy, and sure to burn the tongue, these guys serve up a special blend of ska that is sure to please. The music will make you dance and have fun, and will also make you feel warm inside from all the pretty images of islands and tropical drinks that will form. After listening to the CD you might even jump on a plane and get that much needed vacation, bringing along your Mento Buru CD of course! I'll give this CD an A-". - Alex Steininger (In Music We Trust) - In Music We Trust


Discography

Full length CD's:
-No Dancing Please!", 1997
-"Mento Buru", 2001

Singles:
-"La Murga", 2007

Compilations:
-Cultivation '92 (A Kick Produkt),
-Cultivation No. 3 (BPAC Records)
-Experiments in Sonic Reaction (Maniclab Media)
-Skauthentic, Blackpool's Ska Comp. Vol. 3&4 (Steadybeat Recordings) -The Big Skang Theory (Le Silence De La Rue, French Comp.)
-Puro Eskanol Vol. 2 (Aztlan Records)
-Meanstreet Compilation 1999 (Meanstreet / Guitar Center)

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What started out as a bunch of friends jamming for backyard parties, has evolved into a cross-cultural phenomenon all over the USA!

Mento Buru formed in '91, started out as Triple R Sounds (Roots, Rock, Reggae) playing all roots music.

Changing the name to 'Mento Buru' in '92, with a new line-up and sound the band soon became a big music force in the Central Valley Music scene with splashes of ska and Latin sounds.

The band's live shows have become legendary along the west coast and were soon embraced by the SoCal music scene. Energetic, multi-instrumental, Mento Buru is best experienced live.

In '97 indie record label MOON SKA came calling to sign the band and released their first full-length CD, "No Dancing Please!" The album became an instant classic, under engineering ears of Matthias Schneeburger, famed soundman for Nirvana.

Mento has been gigging non-stop since '91 and shows no sign of stopping. This band lives to play live and always gives the audience everything it has boiling in it's stew of rhythm!! Mento Buru has opened and performed with Ozomatli, WAR, The Specials, Long Beach Dub All Stars, The Aquabats, Los Abandoned, Poncho Sanchez, Fishbone, Pete Escovedo, Keiko Matsui, The Yellow Jackets, Malo, Desmond Dekker, Tyrese, WC & The Madd Circle, Tamia, Black Uhuru, Pato Banton, The Skatalites, Papa Roach, and a slew of other Reggae, Punk Rock, Salsa, Jazz, Soul & Ska legends... Performance venues include Johnny Depp's Viper Room (Hollywood), B.B. King's Blues Club (Universal City), LATV Live! (Los Angeles), Temple Bar (Santa Monica), The Lounge (West Hollywood), SOhO (Santa Barbara), The Roxy (Hollywood), The Whiskey (Hollywood), Buck Owens Crystal Palace (Bakersfield), CSUB Jazz Festival (Bakersfield), SLO Brewery (San Luis Obispo), La Luz De Jesus Gallery (Hollywood),Wilson Theatre (Fresno), Las Palmas Theatre (Hollywood), Fox Theater (Bakersfield), The Centennial Garden (Bakersfield), Buffalo Club (Los Angeles), Luna Park (Hollywood), and Linda's Dollhut in Anaheim, Ca.

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