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!
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.
- Andy Ash – Carnival De L’Spirit
- Clorofila – Babai
- El Hijo De la Cumbia – Para Bailar (Alika Y Nueva Alianza Remixed)
- Sabo & Cassady – La Curura
- Alex Pasternak – Pajariton
- The Binary Cumbia Orchestra – La Inconformable
- Nickodemus – Conmigo feat Sammy Ayala
- Parranda 98 – La Familia
- Guerilla – La Popo
- One For Senegal – The Pleb
- Bio – Time To Face The Sun
- Nickodemus – Spoon Song
- Claus Doldinger’s Passport – Merbha
- Bellemou & Benfissa – Li Maandouche L’Auto (He, Who Doesn’t Own a Car)
- Clorofila – Discoteca Nacional
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.
- Red Astaire – Mambo El Kingston
- Basement Jaxx – Samba Magic
- Amara Toure – N’Niyo
- Kool And The Gang – Summer Madness
- Roy Ayers – Everyone Loves The Sunshine
- Climaco Sarmiento Y Su Orchestra – La Pata Y El Pato
- Orlando Julius – My Girl
- Orlando Julius – Psychedelic Afro Shot
- Afrosound – Pacifico
- Six Pieds Sous Terre – On Beat
- Sidestepper – Paloma
- Sixto – El Gusto De La Mujeres
- Diomedes Diaz – La Vida
- Antonio Carlos Jobim – Berimbau
- Los Soneros De Gamero – Rosa
- Cumbia Lescanera ft. Pablo Lescano – El Remolon
- Tropical Soundclash – Rift Valley Groove
- Farolito – Gloria Estefan
- Banda De Los Hijos De Niña Luz –
- Senior Coconut – Tour The France
- El Remolon – Andreas Landero vs Madonna (Music)
- Fidel Nadal – Holly Emmanuel
- Calle 13 – Ladron
Check out Dj Pilas and Dj Mateos club El Cumbión
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.
- Fania All Stars – Our Latin Thing
- The Unques – My Conversation
- Studio As One Vs Orkiestra Św. Mikolaja – Kolomyjka jarocinska
- Cal – Pour Enfants Et Personnes Sentible
- Maluca – El Tigeraso
- Kokolo – Condela
- Los Socios Del Ritmo – Jamaica Ska
- Lord Beginner – Mix Up Matrimony
- El Remolón – La Bonita
- El Remolón – Guajira
- Alika Y Nueva Alianza – Para Bailar
- Princesa – La Misma Moneda
- Los Duneos Del Pabellon – Damas Gratis
- Los Destellos – Elsa (Sonido Martines Remix)
- Novalima – Yo Voy (Seiji Remix)
- Helder – Felicidade
- Schlachtofbronx ft. Kein Vorspiel – Chupchick
- Los Dementes – Lindo Amanecer