What is PUNK MAMBO and HARDCORE JUJU? It is a mix of soukous, mambo, chacha, samba, reggae, ska and cumbia; sautéed with some special ingredients and blended with the energy and wise guy antics of punk. The music of BABALOO has been descibed as the bastard child of King Sunny Ade and the Ramones or Tito Puente and the Sex Pistols. Babaloo will get you smiling and dancing.
The Village Voice
"These Boston mambo-samba punks transform every room they play into the Caribbean beachfront paradise on which they reside in their minds. It's a place where the sun always shines, the dancing never stops, the beer flows freely, and puffy clouds of smoke are twisted into magical shapes by the constant breeze."
The Boston Phoenix - Best Local Band 2002, 2001, 2000,
The Boston Phoenix - Best Local World Band 1999, 1998
"The self-proclaimed inventors of punk mambo and hardcore juju, Babaloo have won our readers over with their blend of styles and sounds. Their most recent album, "I'm in the Nude for Love," recorded in Carlisle, reaffirms Babaloo's command of Caribbean music styles and their flare for stirring in more flavors that an entrée at Rhythm & Spice. Start with some soukous and parranda, toss in some samba and Puerto Rican dance hall, sauté with reggae, rumba, and bossa nova, and you'll get a flavor resembling this Jamaica Plain-based band. But it's Babaloo's inimitable secret ingredients that keep Phoenix readers coming back for seconds. And thirds. And so on."
"Best Band in Boston! If Babaloo is playing anywhere near you, go. You'll love the frenzy their young, hottie crowd works itself into."