This EP was almost part of last week’s Sexxy Saturday Cumbia but I chose to keep it for a separate post. Because this one needs some extra attention. When I saw this EP appearing last week on my Soundcloud stream I was immediately in love with everything about it! But who is La Dame Blanche?
La Dame Blanche is the new solo project of the Paris based Cuban latin-jazz vocalist Yaite Ramos Rodriguez who features in many tunes from the reggae and cumbiamuffin artist Dj Sargento. A familiar artist for early followers of Generation Bass!
For this first EP, released on the label Wakan Tanka Records, she teamed up with the Argentinean nu-cumbiambero El Hijo de la Cumbia and with the experimental hiphop producer Babylotion. The result is an excellent EP with high-quality music, accompanied by poetic, socially conscious lyrics.
‘La Revancha’ is an energetic organic cumbia-hiphop tune with powerful vocals reminiscent of La Mala Rodríguez.
‘XVII Estrellas’ is a track where the main emphasis is on the lyrics, supported by a minimalistic but mesmerising ‘synth-hop’ beat.
‘La Frontera’ is a thoughtful, emotional song with a classic soulful hiphop beat and skillfully performed protest message, continuously switching between singing and rap and any area in-between.
‘No Tengo’ is the last track of the EP, where a cumbia dub beat subtly brings back the cumbia element!
The four original mixes are supplemented with an instrumental and an acapella version of the main track ‘La Revancha’.
Get the EP on the artist’s bandcamp!