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August 15, 1996 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's a common perception that black musicians are treated with more respect in Europe than in the United States. That has proved true for many American blues and jazz players who can pack houses overseas while being all but ignored in their own country. But Samba Ngo, an African-born musician who in 1986 moved to Santa Cruz after almost 20 years in Paris, says he finds himself more comfortable here, both musically and personally.
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October 14, 1998 | JIM WASHBURN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"It's a jungle out there," we who have never seen a jungle like to say of the chaos and coldheartedness of our increasingly uncivil civilization. But that is not at all what a jungle is about, according to Congolese musician Samba Ngo, who had the advantage of growing up in one. To him, the jungle means life.
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August 20, 1994 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Take the anthropomorphism of Disney's "The Lion King," roll it all up into one man and stick a guitar in his hand, and you might just come up with Samba Ngo. In a recent interview, the Zairian musician seemed to combine the enthusiasm of Simba, a laugh that's as infectious, if not so skewed, as Ed's, and the shamanism of Rafiki.
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August 15, 1996 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
It's a common perception that black musicians are treated with more respect in Europe than in the United States. That has proved true for many American blues and jazz players who can pack houses overseas while being all but ignored in their own country. But Samba Ngo, an African-born musician who in 1986 moved to Santa Cruz after almost 20 years in Paris, says he finds himself more comfortable here, both musically and personally.
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September 28, 1995 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Samba Ngo--African-born musician, musicologist and something of a musical philosopher--might find resonance in a passage from Ecclesiastes: There is no new thing under the sun. So it seemed for Ngo, now a resident of Santa Cruz, when he attended the Monterey Jazz Festival recently.
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October 14, 1998 | JIM WASHBURN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"It's a jungle out there," we who have never seen a jungle like to say of the chaos and coldheartedness of our increasingly uncivil civilization. But that is not at all what a jungle is about, according to Congolese musician Samba Ngo, who had the advantage of growing up in one. To him, the jungle means life.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 1994
Orange County library officials are proclaiming their summer reading program a success, saying that the storytelling sessions and musical performances have drawn more than 12,000 children during the past three months. The theme of this year's program, "Western Tales and Trails," highlights books and songs about cowboys, gold and living in the Old West. The reading series runs through Aug. 27. Children and their parents can still catch several performances at library branches around the county.
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August 22, 1994 | JIM WASHBURN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
County nightclubs would have to start lending out a lot of mighty fine books to offset the musical competition they're being given lately by the San Juan Capistrano Regional Library. For several seasons the library's Performing and Visual Arts series has brought a diverse range of performers to its stage, but this summer organizers seem to have turned up the heat.
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December 29, 1994
Our pop critics' favorite albums of the year run from Jann Browne's "Count Me In," Johnny Cash's "American Recordings" and Neil Young and Crazy Horse's "Sleeps With Angels," which all tied for the most votes, to relatively obscure releases by country singer Bob Woodruff and Cameroonian saxophonist Manu Dibango. Favorite concerts, meanwhile, included Buck Owens at the Crazy Horse, Love at the Coach House and the Offspring and the Pretenders at Irvine Meadows.
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September 28, 1995 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Samba Ngo--African-born musician, musicologist and something of a musical philosopher--might find resonance in a passage from Ecclesiastes: There is no new thing under the sun. So it seemed for Ngo, now a resident of Santa Cruz, when he attended the Monterey Jazz Festival recently.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 20, 1994 | BENJAMIN EPSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Take the anthropomorphism of Disney's "The Lion King," roll it all up into one man and stick a guitar in his hand, and you might just come up with Samba Ngo. In a recent interview, the Zairian musician seemed to combine the enthusiasm of Simba, a laugh that's as infectious, if not so skewed, as Ed's, and the shamanism of Rafiki.
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