I’m getting right back into the kind of Cumbia sounds which blew me right away back in the late 80’s man, Colombian Cumbia.
It’s just timeless stuff. I love the big band 1950’s type of vintage sound and man it’s still as FUNKY as hell.
There are 2 Colombian compilations that I swear by to this very day:
“SUENO COLOMBIANO”, full of material from the Discos Fuentes label which was released on Mango Records, a subsidiary of Island and compiled by Sue Steward in or about 1988/1989. Of course it was not just about Cumbia but covered a wide spectrum of Colombian music from Cumbia to Vallenato, Salsa, Caribe and Reggae and included artists such as Joe Arroyo, Corraleros de Majagual, Fruko and Latin Brothers.
“THE TROPICAL SOUNDS OF COLOMBIA”, again containing material from the Discos Fuentes label, released on Mango records but this time compiled by Jo Shinner. This one included a lot more Cumbia.
Sadly, both releases were deleted a long time ago.
But anyhow, that’s where I first heard the La Piojosa track by Sonora Cienguera. We, The JuKe BoYz (Peter Pozorek & DJ Umb), are currently remixing that track and we should have it ready very soon but for now you can hear a DEMO PREVIEW.
In the meantime, here’s loads of GREAT stuff I’ve lifted from my good mate from Colombia who runs the Radio Canalh Blog, it’s just BRILLIANT!
2. Dejala Corré, HIJOS DE LA NIÑA LUZ
3. Pavita FCT
4. Cumbia y guitarra LOS MIRLOS
5. Cariñosa Alfabetización FARFISA CORP.
6. Shove it SANTOGOLD (Toy Selectah refix)
7. Jaley-jaley FCT
8. Cumbia Africana SON PALENKE
9. A ti te adoro FCT
10. Lorica ROPAIN
11. Guarapera NANDO GARCIA
12. Esperma y Ron PEDRO LAZA
13. Donde estas cumbia FCT
14. La Nena JUAN PIÑA Y SUS MUCHACHOS
15. Aurita Bullanguera FCT
16. La Majaguita CUMBIA BARANOA
17. Blackboard Dubmbia FCT
1. Charlie Mingus – cumbia fusion
2. Systema Solaar – Crees que soy sexy ?
3. Sonido del Principe – Cartagena
4. Sabo – La noche (Joe Arroyo remix)
FINALLY, it’s COLOMBIA WEEKEND this weekend in London:
Colombiage 2009 is finally here. Don’t lose out on the opportunity to attend what will be an unforgettable celebration.
A weekend featuring the best in Colombian music, literature and film plus a programme of workshops for kids, free live entertainment, and a remarkable menu of exquisite Colombian cuisine, all under one roof and available to you. Visit or website for more information on: www.colombiage.com
The highlights for this year, among others, will be: Sergio Cabrera, La Mojarra Eléctrica, Ramón Chao, Lisandro Duque and Carolina Sanín with special programme of arty workshops for children on Saturday and Sunday morning: http://www.colombiage.com/programme
This is your last chance. Book your tickets now on the following link:http://www.riversidestudios.co.uk/cgi-bin/season.pl?f=Colombiage%2009
And avoid any disappointment. Or call the Riverside Studios box office line directly on: 0208 237 1111