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We’re big Nidia Gongora fans over here.
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DJ Meistro drops a new free remix as we ramp up to the release of our next 12-inch. This time the re-rub treatment is given to Colombian salsa giant Fruko.
Catch up on all of our free treats as well as our official releases on our tracks page.
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SENCILLO DEL nuevo disco de SON PALENQUE - kamajanes de la musica palenquera -
Con PALENQUE RECORDS & La Silueta Ediciones
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Explosion Negra - “Rumberologo”
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Mario Galeano Toro bringing together the past, present and future of Colombian music through tactile mastery on the Native Instruments Maschine. Fuego.
Son Palenque on Amplificado.tv
Great cumbia documentary. Aprender algo.
En el día internacional del folclor saludamos a todos los que mantienen vivas las expresiones culturales de sus pueblos.
Un documental #HechoenLapost
http://www.soundwayrecords.com/ Ondatrópica’s debut album is released on 16th July on CD, 2xCD, 3xLP & download through Soundway Records.
Conceived by Colombian musician Mario Galeano, the force behind the band Frente Cumbiero, and English producer Will ‘Quantic’ Holland, Ondatrópica brings together an all-star cast representing both the classic and modern styles of la musica Colombiana.
Over 3 weeks in January 2012 at the famous Discos Fuentes studios in Medellín legendary figures from Colombian music joined a group of younger Colombian musicians that included members of both Mario’s band Frente Cumbeiro and Quantic’s Combo Barbaro. The plan; “to re-interpret the tropical musical heritage of Colombia with new approaches in composition, arrangement and production in a classic and mythical setting.
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Digging into more sources on Afro-Colombian music yielded the fascinating history of picós, or mobile outdoor sound systems.
Not only battling for tune exclusivity and overall sonic power, traits similar to their Jamaican and Brazilian counterparts, classic Colombian picos added a whole visual design component to their presention, as if every crew had their own graf writer.
Some more modern examples:
Another fascinating aspect is that champeta, a popular genre along the Colombian Caribbean coast, is derived from west african records brought to Colombia by sailors.
So wait a minute: Colombian champeta originates in Congolese soukous, which derives from Cuban rumba (mixed with some Greek influence), rumba beats originating themselves from African music… - Music City blog, “Picós y picoteros”
Already adding champeta to the Sol Power arsenal as you read this.
For more on picós:
May 21st is El Día Nacional de la Afrocolombianidad.
Check out the mix below and a TON of other resources to learn more about Afro-Colombian music courtesy of Sounds and Colors magazine.
(h/t la morena)
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