Another Cork band, Expresso Mambo were Marc Parry (vocals/percussion), Mick Finnegan (guitar), Eoghain MacCarthy (guitar), Kamla Das (bass) and Johann DeWolf (drums). They recorded a Fanning session on 13/01/1987 featuring the tracks ‘Misfortune’, ‘I Know’, ‘When She Comes’ and ‘City Lights’
Wow – that track – it’s called ‘Reflections’ and I reckon it was recorded at Gunther Berkus’s home studio on a Fostex
8 track reel to reel and mastered on a Revox B77 – we did several mixes of that session – including some that were just for ourselves – but the one you have is what we used for cassette promo and that helped get us the gigs around the country and eventually get invited to do the Fanning session.
irishrock have their wires crossed slightly.. The real story, if truth be told, was that Marc Parry had been with Cargo Cult – but then took a hiatus to visit Africa (where among other things he landed a job as an extra part in the film ‘Out of Africa’) – that’s also when he came across African music and brought a mass of tapes and thumb pianos back to Ireland with him
Expresso Mambo didn’t happen straight off: Marc started appearing and guesting with the funk band Max Von Rap, of which Mick Finnegan was a member (NB also Rob McKahey of Stump had played drums on their Kawasaki single before departing to London). Before Max Von Rap did eventually break up, there was a time when Joe Rex started to play bass in John Borrowman’s Very Much In Love later renamed The Atrix (second edition); by the time they started playing gigs locally, Max Von Rap had more or less wound up.
It was only after John B. moved back to Dublin that I remember Marc calling around to me with some ideas about forming a new band based on african guitar sounds & rhthyms; he said it needed two guitarists for it to work – that’s when he approached Mick Finnegan and Mick was intrigued with the idea of trying out something new as well as the opportunity to work with his own numbers. By the time Reflections got written & recorded, Kamla Das had joined us on bass and Johann on drums.