Archive of posts tagged with "cumbia"

November 16th, 2009

Se Llama Sonido

Tonight at Beat Research: the one-and-only Sonido Martines !

For those who don’t know, Sonido has been a driving force in the recent (re)surgence in cumbia interest outside of its longtime hotspots. He co-authors La Congona New Cumbia with Sñr Rupture, and he’s largely responsible — at least by my ears — for brokering the screwy sounds of “cumbia rebajada” to listeners more familiar with Houston-style slrrrddness. His Rebajadas Come to Brooklyn mixtape has been a mainstay in my car (where better for a CDr?).

Most notably — and what brings him to Boston — Sonido has compiled (and contributes to, in his own remixxy manner) a vivid, vivrant cumbia compilation for Soot Records (pictured above). Based in Buenos Aires but traveling widely across Latin America, Sonido, a traditional and digital digger, is well positioned to present La Nueva Cumbia Argentina. But, y’know, the folks over at Soot Records have a way with words, and I have to get over to South Station to rendezvous with Sonido, so I’mma let them finish (but hope to see some loco locals en el club tonight!) —

Nueva Cumbia Argentina is set to be the most important cumbia compilation of 2009. It includes major figures Damas Gratis and DJ Taz, whose work kickstarted both cumbia villera the new cumbia/cumbia digital scene. The comp then reaches forward to the scene’s latest developments, like El Hijo de la Cumbia, who got his start producing for big-name Mexican cumbia soundsystems before going solo. Buenos Aires implodes! This comp gathers delicious fragments for the dancefloor, with a lot of sweet female voices to boot.

Sonido Martines was the perfect person to organize this compilation, The Argentine has spent the last decade traveling between Bolivia, Buenos Aires, Bogota, and Lima, organizing parties and connecting scenes in the emerging independent cumbia movement. He’s currently collaborating with national radio in Argentina on a series about cumbia and tropical music! Martines is recognized as one of South America’s premiere record diggers, finding obscure vinyl LPs and hot-off-the-harddrive digital bangers. The result is the best snapshot of what’s happening in nueva cumbia to date, from cumbia villera’s populist explosion to sultry cumbia-electronica hybrids.

+ further reading
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April 26th, 2009

Muy Adhoc a los Microbuseros

That was quick.

Reflecting on our latest pandemic scare and remembering such topical tropical fare as 2003’s Sars Riddim, I wondered aloud “about 4 hours ago” who would be the first to come up with a swine flu inspired track.

/Jace chatted me up shortly thereafter to say that he had already been sent a cumbia tune about swine flu. !QUE PRONTO! Seems like record time for this sort of thing (if not too surprising for the YouTube era). So when Siddhartha Mitter wondered the same “about 1 hour ago,” noting that “brothers in côte d’ivoire got to bird flu before m.i.a. did,” I went in search and very quickly found this —

Interestingly, most commenters seem pretty upset by the thing, offended by what they see as an opportunistic show of bad taste at a time of tragedy. (Not sure whether this has anything to do with the song’s bizarre incorporation of the Indiana Jones theme.) This is true of the comments on the vid above as well as on this instantiation (w/ inferior img accmpnmnt).

I did appreciate this perspective, though —

jaja muy adhoc a los microbuseros… totalmente microbusera, jajaja xD xD ;)

I suppose that’s like a subgenre of cumbia, la microbusera. !QUE ADHOC!

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March 11th, 2009

Mix, A Lot

With their latest greatest up-to-the-timeness (actually, an overview of 08), the Heatwave remind me that I should really bring more of the many mixes I enjoy to yr attn.

These days, and for the last several years really — ever since the rise of the mp3/blog mix (h/t L-R?) — I listen to music mainly in mixed form. I download mixes at the rate of about one per day (though it feels like more than that). They range anywhere from 15 minutes to 2.5 hrs and from genre-hopping/mashing exercises to downright “purist” explorations of a particular style, subgenre, or artist.

Mixes are like little worlds to themselves, opening up for me to enter and inhabit. I enjoy the way they can transport me like that — especially when walking, driving, and cooking.

Although I do a great deal of tagging and annotating and sharing my web wanderings, I don’t take the time/effort to shed some shine on every mix I dig. But I wish I did. So here’s an attempt to call attn to a few faves from the last month/year that have caught my ear and remain on rotation —

  • Timeblind’s Flora had my earbuds on lock for much of the winter. Centered on dubsteppy sounds, but ranging into reggae, hip-hop, and some srsly off-kilter techno, among others, it somehow suited early evenings and long nights.
  • So did Lone Wolf’s Nightwind, released last spring and still holding a precious spot on my not-so-spacious 4gb iPhone. (For the record, though, I think I most enjoyed it mid-morning on a coffee buzz.) Full of trancey hip-house&b bangers mixed up and sloooooooooooowed down, the tracks keep opening up in unexpected ways. (If ur into “screwed oddities,” you might also like this.)
  • More recently, I’ve been really getting into all the house and techno coming out of (or filtered thru / inspired by) Africa, especially South Africa. Check Spoek Mathambo’s H.I.V.I.P. (!) mixes (here and here) for wonderfully weird refractions off the global disco ball. Also well worth your time: DJ Zhao’s Ngoma 2 and 3, as well as the “obscurer” followup mix it elicited from DJ Deep. (If you haven’t heard Zhao’s sui generis Fusion 1 btw, it’s absolutely arresting in its old “world” meets nu-whirled aesthetic.) One final tip of the cap to Zhao for pointing me to this DJ Cndo track, which says “funky” house its own awesome way and makes me wish for a South African house invasion.
  • I’ve also been enjoying funky house per se, esp the epic Marcus Nasty sets for Rinse FM and 1extra, this excellent intro/overview by Dj OneDrop, and last but beast, Grievous Angel’s recent radio rip. (Speaking of which, if totally tangentially, don’t miss DJ /Rupture’s NYC radio mambo violento set, remastered and reblogged here.)
  • Finally, far as spotlights go, I wanna shine a lil light on Nicholas Jaar’s recent mix for Air Drop Records. Talk about funky house! What really grabs me about this one, though, is the constant presence of samples from all over the place, especially horns, voices, and percussion — good “earthy” sounds. They add a great deal to the musical and affective texture, especially in contrast to the more mechanical sounding synthwerk, and Jaar does a very nice job weaving them in and out over some smooth-but-bumpy mnml-ish grooves. Sound design indeed!

Finally, just to illustrate/document my willy-nilly collection of mixes (and point you in further directions), here’s a list of all the ones I’ve downloaded since Jan 1 2009, in whatever random order resulted from copying&pasting out of my finder. Google em if ur curious, most should still be up somewhere —
teleost – process part 122.mp3
subfm mix feb 2009 (Timeblind).mp3
Rinse FM – Blackdown & Dusk (29-01-2009).mp3
playa blanca mixtape.mp3
Pandai’a Studio Mix (Feb 09).mp3
nzzustamixx Ruffull.mp3
noah gibson – process part 121.mp3
Moulay El-Hassan_ Essaouira.mp3
Mishka presents Keep Watch Vol.
Luny Tunes Presents Calle 434 (2009).rar
kid kameleon – nse 12.28.08.mp3
Fairtilizer 24798 – UMB – GLOBAL GHETTOTECH.mp3
Cumbias con bass.mp3
Butterz Ft. Terror Danjah – 13-02-09 –
FACT Mix 30 – Joakim (Feb 09).mp3
djmicron- intertwined mix 10JAN2009.mp3
VA – I Ride on Gilded Spinners
Actionable Flattery
baile funk ol skoolmix.mp3
auratheft – Oceans 11. Jamaican Soul Jazz Originals. Volume II.mp3
Afrocan House Mix.mp3
Adelaide Deep.mp3
dj zhao – NGOMA VOL. 2.mp3
dj zhao – NGOMA 3_ Zulu House, Afro Electro, UK Funky.mp3
Dj Sin-Cero – Presenta Guelo Star La Pelicula Viviente ((The Oficial Mixtape)) (2009).rar

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March 7th, 2009

Covers, Blurbs, y Otras Traducciones

Amazing how an Amazon link makes our book finally feel real. (Pre-orders in teh house!)

And though they don’t have any imgs yet, I’m happy to report that I do, and — having lobbied HARD for this particular photo by Miguel Luciano to grace our cover — I’m thrilled to share it with y’all:

On the other hand side, I may be as excited about the back cover as the front, since we were able to land such luminary thinkers and wordsmiths re: music and race and nation as Jeff Chang, Mark Anthony Neal, Juan Flores, and Residente (!).

Since I’m in a sharing mood, here’s a pdf of an article by Flores that makes a wonderful argument about diaspora “as source and challenge” what with its many “cultural remittances” “from below.” (Incidentally, Centro is offering many more pdfs at their site; see, e.g., the 2004 issue on “Rican Structing Roots / Routes,” from which this piece comes.)

Flores’s narrative centers on salsa and rap, but I’ve found the thesis utterly illuminating wrt reggaeton (as readers of my chapter in the book will see) —

>> Flores, Juan. “Creolité in the ‘Hood: Diaspora as Source and Challenge.” Centro Journal 16, no. 2 (2004): 282-93.

& while I’m at it, here are two excerpts featured on a relatively recent Tego mixtape (almost a year old now, actually). I offer these up as each wonderful examples of how reggaeton “works,” if you will, consistent with the rich remix/reference culture that it is.

The first is a reworking of Fabolous’s unavoidable track from last year (and/or 2007), “Make Me Better” (incidentally, is it just me or does that central string motif sound awfully close to a recurring bit from the Lost score?). We hear here, among other things, how reggaeton artists — just as their “underground” bredren did in the 1990s — continue to version contemporary US/urban pop, translating and transforming the sounds that surround us:

>> Tego Calderón (feat. De La Ghetto), “Tú Me Haces Sentir”*

As you hear toward the end there, that track leads into a rowdy cumbia parody (sounding remarkably similar to a Manu Chao song in the chorus). I like how it shows reggaeton’s ability to incorporate / allude to other genres — and the “cultural work” inherent to such (re)figurations — not to mention how it shows off reggaeton’s (and Tego’s) sense of humor, with El Negro Calde putting on an extra coarse accent for “realism”:

>> Tego Calderón, “El Hijo’e Puta Sin Saludar”*

* for some reason, the tracks above sound distorted when listened to through the player; click on the song titles to hear more clearly.

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September 10th, 2008

Hokey Mom Playing Cards

I think I’ve finally got my linkthink flow resolved, so there should be a more consistent stream of delishish posts from here on out. For whatever glitchy reason, my recent taggage has gone un(re)published here, so I’m going to paste it in below just to throw all you loyal readers a bone or two. Plz pardon the wonky formatting and lack of linkage. &thx, as always, for bearing with me during a wane-y stretch. Mo’ wax to follow, y’all —

# YouTube – lobolansky’s Videos
copious collection of reggaeton-related videos

# WFMU’s Beware of the Blog: THE MIX MACHINE #1: DR. DRE – ’85 LIVE!
awesome — another dr.dre roadium mixtape unearthed/digitized :: these were blowing my mind a couple summers ago when umeancompetitor was digging and offering them up :: and there’s promise of many similar offerings — i.e., vintage mixtapes — in the future via this WFMU blogger :: any way to get an rss for just this series?

# ZZK Mixtape Vol 4 – El Remolon Pibe Cosmo
new mixx of mashy digital cumbia from el remolon via the zzk crew

# Thomas Friedman says Africa is a country « Africa is a Country
africa is a country. the world is flat. thomas friedman is a tool.

# A Carnival Approaches, and the Sequins Fly –
article on costume prep for brooklyn carnival

# No Yamaye Taíno Heroes in Jamaica – The Jamaican Coat of Arms Debate (Jamaica)
“During a recent stay in my island home of Jamaica a local television announcer posed a question about the island’s Coat of Arms. The query was, “Should Jamaica change its Coat of Arms?” One interviewee said, “The Coat of Arms should have black people on it.” The theory was that the island’s Coat of Arms should have images that reflect the island’s African Jamaican majority. Another opinion was, “The Coat of Arms should remain as it is.” A friend from a leading Puerto Rican Taíno organization once stated to me with amazement and pride that Jamaica is the only Caribbean nation that has indigenous people on its Coat of Arms.”

# svartens .info: Barack Obama for President 2008
blogpost / imeem playlist collecting obama-inspired songs — current count: 164 167

# Born Digital – Understanding the first generation of digital natives
“The first generation of “Digital Natives” – children who were born into and raised in the digital world – are coming of age, and soon our world will be reshaped in their image. … _Born Digital_ is an initiative of the Digital Natives project, an interdisciplinary collaboration of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and the Digital Natives logoResearch Center for Information Law at the University of St. Gallen. The aim of the Digital Natives project is to understand and support young people as they grow up in a digital age.”

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August 11th, 2008

Linkthink #74943: The Future Is Later

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July 31st, 2008

Linkthink #6409: Tierra del Fuego

videyoga :: cabide DJ com nariz! (grandmaster flash would approve)


July 30th, 2008

Linkthink #1033: Oldies One Oh Three

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July 28th, 2008

Linkthink #0443: New American Menschery

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July 22nd, 2008

Linkthink #833: Beyond a Boundary

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July 17th, 2008

Linkthink #328: Me So Corny

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