@@@ CANALON DE TIMBIQUI: De Mar Y Rio (Llorona, 2019) All three of today’s listens come from this week’s WRIR playlist email. This group from Colombia has been active since 1974 and this first tune is a wooden marimba instrumental playing/improv, some simple hand drumming and some incredible singing. Yikes, beautiful, sad and joyous all wrapped in one. The intro gives way to a fuller arrangement. Oh boy, I’m not sure how much of this I have to hear before putting it on my year end list. The playing is sophisticated, the performance is superb and it’s just beautiful acoustic world music. It is true that I have a soft spot for marimba type instruments, the sounds just work for me. I think if you can’t see the beauty and goodness in this music there might be something wrong with you. Please check this record out.
@@@ LOS AFROINS: A Gozar Salsomanos (Vampisoul, 2019) To my ears this sounds like a reissue but a quick FuckGoogle doesn’t reveal much info. You can read a short bio on the record’s bandcamp page and it is indeed a reissue from 1974 from Colombia. I like it all right, the energy is high. There’s a wee bit of digital weirdness floating around the transients of the mix that fucks with my perception of the music. Ah, the second tune sounds much better and clearer and I’m enjoying it much more. That’s great, I don’t want to bum out on a technical issue on a record I just want to listen and enjoy. This is pretty great, I think they should have taken the first tune and put it much lower on the list. If you’re up for some classic salsa start with track 2 and enjoy.
@@@ POUR ME A GROG: THE FUNANA REVOLT IN 1990S CABO VERDE | various artists (Ostinato, 2019) This is a compilation record commemorating a revolt in Cabo Verde, hold up I got to get some info. Ah, it’s too long a story for me to quickly put here but you can read about it here. The music (if you click through and read) centers around an accordion type instrument that has been a long running part of their history. This is a music blog and not a history blog but Cape Verde is off the coast of Senegal in West Africa. The islands were colonized by the Portugeses so there’s a strong cultural connection between the island and Portugal. The music feels both Portugese and African, it’s very fresh. The production here is stunningly modern and mainstream sounding. It’s a bit shocking to have it sound like a Paul Simon record but I get it. If you’re up for a piquant blend of party/resistance music this record will hook you for sure! Check it out.
YTD recordings listened to: 584
Good music, not list worthy: 346
Not good music: 200
Honorable Mentions: 0
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