When making world music, it helps to have international experience. And that's exactly hwat Mark de Clive-Lowe - known for short as MdCL - has, in his Japanese and New Zealander background. Since age four, he's been working on live music, composing and studio production taking in his experiences in everywhere from South Africa to Cuba as creative fuel.
On his latest work, he's taken on two tracks that will be included on a definitive a remix EP release on Fania Records as the Barengue Remixed EP.
Taking on Bobby Valentin's classic 1966 "Barengue Merengue," he's updated the jazzy salsa style of the man who was known as "The King of the Bass," for 2016. With an upbeat groove that's highlighted by the original's smooth piano and jazzy vocals, Clive-Lowe's take takes on a lighthearted moombahton beat. The work is certainly worldly, jazzy and infectious in its ease.