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Cumbia en masse

We’ve decided to continue with our greatest initiative from last year. That’s these little excellent Spotify list with the very best of something. This week’s list is a tribute to the music hype of 2010. Cumbia. The genre started in the northern coast of Colombia and today there’s a cumbia style for almost every country in South- and Latin America.

Drums – check, flutes – check, timbales – check, mejoranera – check. Let’s go!

Ajvar.se Cumbia

Playlist 2010-10-09

Something new, something old, something borrowed, something blue and someone without a car. Just like that we ended up with one cumbía and one afrofunk set moving from Argentina to Senegal Ajvar one-hour-speed. But let’s talk bout the car song.

Li Maandouche L’Auto (He, Who Doesn’t Own a Car) by Bellemou & Benfissa, from the collection 1970’s Algerian Proto-Rai Underground. This is Rai Music from Algeria as you’ve not heard it before. In the early 1970’s, a new group of singers and musicians were operating on the northwest coast and what they pioneered was a sound that eventually reached worldwide status by the end of the decade. But their names are relatively unknown to this day outside Algeria. Due to censorship and government controlled music diffusion, this scene and lyrical style was forced underground and banned from broadcasts. However, that didn’t stop Messaoud Bellemou, the godfather of the modern Raï’s sound. Anyone vise enough to compose a tune bout a carless man is automatically rewarded a star at tha Ajvar walk of fame. 

  1. Andy Ash – Carnival De L’Spirit
  2. Clorofila – Babai
  3. El Hijo De la Cumbia – Para Bailar (Alika Y Nueva Alianza Remixed)
  4. Sabo & Cassady – La Curura
  5. Alex Pasternak – Pajariton
  6. The Binary Cumbia Orchestra  – La Inconformable
  7. Nickodemus – Conmigo feat Sammy Ayala
  8. Parranda 98 – La Familia
  9. Guerilla – La Popo
  10. One For Senegal – The Pleb
  11. Bio – Time To Face The Sun
  12. Nickodemus – Spoon Song
  13. Claus Doldinger’s Passport – Merbha
  14. Bellemou & Benfissa – Li Maandouche L’Auto (He, Who Doesn’t Own a Car)
  15. Clorofila – Discoteca Nacional

Playlist 2010-05-22

Tonight Ajvar went cumbia. Again. Only this time we had Dj Pilas from the Stockholm club “El Cumbión”, digging a little bit deeper into that afro-latin rhythm we know you just can’t get enough of.

Traditional cumbia originated from the Caribbean coast of eastern Colombia, mainly performed with  drums and claves. When cumbia entered Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico, Peru, Argentina…basically the rest of South America it developed into different styles. With new instruments such as guitar, mejoranera, violin, accordion,bass guitar, and modern flute. Difficult to mix. Fantastic to move to. And an excellent opportunity for mash-ups.

For example Sidestepper is a Colombian band centered around English DJ/producer Richard Blair and Colombian producer/songwriter Ivan Benavides. Their sound is influenced both by Afro-Colombian popular music styles like salsa and cumbia as well as electronic dance musics like dub and drum and bass. And the ultimate proof that cumbia and western popular culture are a match made in heaven has to be…Madonna vs Andreas Landero. Now that’s Music.

  1. Red Astaire – Mambo El Kingston
  2. Basement Jaxx – Samba Magic
  3. Amara Toure – N’Niyo
  4. Kool And The Gang – Summer Madness
  5. Roy Ayers – Everyone Loves The Sunshine
  6. Climaco Sarmiento Y Su Orchestra – La Pata Y El Pato
  7. Orlando Julius – My Girl
  8. Orlando Julius – Psychedelic Afro Shot
  9. Afrosound – Pacifico
  10. Six Pieds Sous Terre – On Beat
  11. Sidestepper – Paloma
  12. Sixto – El Gusto De La Mujeres
  13. Diomedes Diaz – La Vida
  14. Antonio Carlos Jobim – Berimbau
  15. Los Soneros De Gamero – Rosa
  16. Cumbia Lescanera ft. Pablo Lescano – El Remolon
  17. Ladron
  18. Tropical Soundclash – Rift Valley Groove
  19. Farolito – Gloria Estefan
  20. Banda De Los Hijos De Niña Luz –
  21. Senior Coconut – Tour The France
  22. El Remolon – Andreas Landero vs Madonna (Music)
  23. Fidel Nadal – Holly Emmanuel
  24. Calle 13 – Ladron

Check out Dj Pilas and Dj Mateos club El Cumbión

Ajvar 2009-12-12

  1. Gil Lopez & Sonny Bravo – Canuto
  2. Chris Ajilo & His Cubanos – Ariwo
  3. Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto – So Danco Samba
  4. Boby Benson & his Jam Session Orchestra – Calypso minor one
  5. Oriental Brothers International – Nwanyi di ya bu eze
  6. BE Batta & Eastern Sounds – Solo hit
  7. Ghedu Blay Ambolley – This Hustling World
  8. Kozmetika – Utisci
  9. Alcides – Viloeta (El Remolon Remix)
  10. Mastiksoul – Cumbia De Bogota
  11. Omar Faruk Tekbilek – Aksak (Amon Tobin Remix)
  12. Orchestre D’Essono – La Vie
  13. Cubanismo – Danzón “Daulena”
  14. Matias Aguayo – Minimal (El Remolon Remix)
  15. Sonido Del Principe – Pesebre
  16. Mustafa Ozkent ve Orkestrasi – Lorke
  17. Engine Earz Experiment – Introspector (Dancefloor edit)

Playlist 2009-11-22

Say hi to our new friend. We are with serato! And we’re loving it. Our life in the studio will from now on be a little bit smoother, less nervewracking and oh so much more mixed up. Your saturdayhour should sound better too. New techniques doesen’t mean old stuff’s out. Just listen to Lord Beginners calypso-tune  Mixed up Matrimony from the 1950’s. Lovley.

Album of the week is the fantastic digicumbia record Nueva Cumbia Argentina, put together by the cumbia-archeologist Sonido Martines. Hi’s remix of Los Destellos classic, and Ajvar-loved, Elsa could is one of a kind, infectious and groovin.

  1. Fania All Stars – Our Latin Thing
  2. The Unques – My Conversation
  3. Studio As One Vs Orkiestra Św. Mikolaja – Kolomyjka jarocinska
  4. Cal – Pour Enfants Et Personnes Sentible
  5. Maluca – El Tigeraso
  6. Kokolo – Condela
  7. Los Socios Del Ritmo – Jamaica Ska
  8. Lord Beginner – Mix Up Matrimony
  9. El Remolón – La Bonita
  10. El Remolón – Guajira
  11. Alika Y Nueva Alianza – Para Bailar
  12. Princesa – La Misma Moneda
  13. Los Duneos Del Pabellon – Damas Gratis
  14. Los Destellos – Elsa (Sonido Martines Remix)
  15. Novalima – Yo Voy (Seiji Remix)
  16. Helder – Felicidade
  17. Schlachtofbronx ft. Kein Vorspiel – Chupchick
  18. Los Dementes – Lindo Amanecer