Showing posts with label CUMBIA FOREVER. Show all posts
Showing posts with label CUMBIA FOREVER. Show all posts

Thursday, 2 April 2020

Get Tropical While You Go Troppo

While a lot of you are self isolating and getting cabin fever by now, why not hold your own Gone Troppo Disco at home while you still have food, money and your life. I know a lot of people are struggling financially, food-wise, toilet paper-wise, job-wise and health-wise. My heart and prayers go out to you. I'm scared, I'm sad, I have ill elderly parents and relatives. I'm trying to send out some love and joy into the enveloping darkness. Just tryin to keep my chin up.

Haiti Direct: Big Band, Mini Jazz & Twoubadou Sounds, 1960​-​1978 -Various
This came out on the great Strut label seven years ago and I missed it completely. It's raw garage latino jamz from the 60s & 70s. It's non-stop dancing time music to soothe the soul. Apparently this combines tunes from the two big Haitian scenes of the day, the Twoubadou & Compas scenes. Not being au-fait with music from Haiti one iota all I can say is if you love your French Caribbean, Peruvian, Columbian & Panamanian music of the same era you are bound to dig this. For those musicology minded Twoubadou is a guitar based latin music that fuses Méringue and Cubano Guajiro genres. Compas is a scaled down style of Méringue that literally means beat. Compas music was made by the small bands or mini jazz combos that were the happening thing in the mid 60s. No matter what, you know it's gonna be killer grooves all the way. In isolation of course, perhaps you and your loved one/s should get a shindig started by raiding the liquor cabinet or partaking of something more mind enhancing. Then push back the table, put on your dancing shoes and cut the rug.

Cadence Revolution: Disques Debs International Vol. 2Various
Now this one was released just a couple of months back on Strut and it's killer Afro-Latin grooves. If you loved Disques Debs International Vol. 1 from last year you are gonna love this too. It's actually just a continuation of the Disques Debs International label's output as it picks up where Volume 1 left off  at the end of 1972. Cadence Revolution is once again put together by legendary compilation curator extraordinaire Hugo Mendez and features many of the label's best tunes from 1973-1981. This is more fabulous latin jamz, this time from Guadeloupe and Martinique in the French Caribbean. This compilation focuses on the Cadence sound which was a creole melting pot of genres such as compas, salsa, biguine, Dominican influences, Congolese styles, quadrille, gwo ka, reggae etc. It's just good vibes all round and you know what do do once the needle hits the groove on this baby. It's party time to forget about COVID-19 for a moment. Apparently there is going to be one more compilation in this series so I can't wait for that!

The Ranil Stay Safe & Sound Selection - Ranil
If you've been following Analog Africa on social media you will know they have been dropping one tune per day from this fantastic little compilation for the last ten days on bandcamp. They are giving out the love in these horrifying and weird times by giving away this compilation of Ranil tunes for free. You can also donate however much you like and they are going to put that money into a Peruvian health charity. Raúl Llerena Vásquez aka Ranil is a mysterious and fiercely independent musician from the isolated city of Iquitos which is surrounded by the Amazonian wilderness in Peru. Iquitos is the largest metropolis in the world that cannot be reached by road. Ranil's info online is pretty sketchy although he does appear on three Peruvian chica/cumbia compilations that I have. On Discogs they have some of his records listed but no dates for most of them. I'm assuming most of what is compiled here is from the 60s and 70s. Ranil plays his own idiosyncratic style of cumbia that is a latin-psych delight to the ears. Effervescence for your feet and body.

Ranil y su Conjunto Tropical - Ranil
Once you've heard the above freebie you'll have to get this one. It's another recent Ranil compilation from the great Analog Africa label. Cumbia party time to forget the bad time. Deep Peruvian twangin-psych-grooves of the Amazonian Gods!