Archive for the ‘South America’ Category

Back from Vacation = Latin Funk Fire

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Back in action after a long break of working and traveling in Colombia, an absolutely mind-blowing country! I managed to find some cool records during my time down there, so stay tuned for a heavy mix or dedicated Colombian music post!

For now, I wanted to return to form with some hard-as-fuck Latin Funk for everybody. Porfi Jimenez is no stranger to Musica Del Alma, as I’ve already featured one of his songs here before. Here’s yet another solid album from this heavyweight Latin musician. Not only does contain one of the hardest Latin Funk songs out there, it’s also a snapshot of Porfi and his orchestra playing some of the best Salsa Dura Venezolana of their careers.

“Coro” is one of those impossible-to-deny heavy funk tracks. A beautiful Spanish colonial city in western Venezuela, Coro’s prolific music scene in the 1970s undoubtedly inspired Porfi to dedicate a bass guitar-heavy funk burner of a track.  I finally tracked down a copy of this LP for $10 a couple months back after having it elude me for years.

As with many great Salsas, wait for things to really heat up about halfway through “Mi Consentida”.  This is a highly recommended salsa track that lives up to the high standards Venezuelan bands set for the genre in the 70s and 80s.

**Stay tuned to the blog: I’ve got a number of nice posts lined up for the next couple weeks!!**

Porfi Jimenez y su Orquesta: “Coro” y “Mi Consentida”
From the La Machaca LP (Velvet, 1972)

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Paraguayo Psychedelic Soul

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Back this week with some excellent soulful South American psych.  Los Jokers hail from Paraguay, a small country (by South American standards) nestled in between Brazil, Argentina and Bolivia.  Recorded here on the Argentinian Parnaso label, Los Jokers give us the spectacular “Solamente Soul”, the clear winner on an otherwise hit or miss LP.

I first heard “Solamente Soul” on a mix by DJ Ferrari who always generously shares excellent and rare music, and was finally able to track down a copy for myself from a friend who recently returned from an extended trip to Brazil.  Props to both of those dudes.  I love this one!

UPDATE: I just added one more song from the LP called “Dientes de Perro” (or Dog Teeth), labeled on the LP sleeve as “Afro Beat”.  Hope you dig this too.

Los Jokers (Paraguayos): “Solamente Soul” & “Dientes De Perro”
From the S/T LP (Parnaso, 1973)

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NOTE: There are two different covers for this LP.  One as shown here, and another with a small photo of the band surrounded by a red border.

Colombian Afro Funk: Then and Now

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

Colombian-based musician/DJ Quantic recently released a fantastic new album (along with his Combo Barbaro) entitled Tradition in Transition, which I heartilly encourage everyone to pick up ASAP.  They also just put out a 7″ that features a non-album cut called “Enyere Cumbara”, which itself is a cover of a Julian y su Combo song out of Cali, Colombia.  The original is a mega rare slice of South American Afro Funk with Salsa-informed horns and an infectious underlying conga/tambourine rhythm track.

Quantic and company create a dancefloor-ready cover version that lives up to the original, but places the beautiful piano of Alfredo Linares (who coincidentally played on the original version, too!) at the forefront of the track.  Please check it out and then cop the limited edition original vinyl here.

Julian y su Combo: “Enyere Kumbara”
From the Noche de Fiesta LP (INS, 1975)

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Quantic y su Combo Barbaro: “Enyere Kumbara”
From the UK 7″ (Tru Thoughts, 2009)

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Porfi Jimenez- Venezuelan Heavyweight

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Walking through the scenic Spanish architecture of the old section of Quito, Ecuador’s capital city, during the summer of 2007 I noticed an aging  metal sign entitled “Bazaar” hanging over a short, sunken doorway.  Upon entering the dark and gloomy room filled mostly with shoes and clothes I noticed an elderly woman sitting on a bench entranced in the making of a colorful handmade textile.  “Tiene algo discos, senorita?” I asked in my then poor Spanish.  “Si, si, si” was the reply I got and she popped up from her bench and pointed beneath the antique wooden object she had been sitting on only to reveal thick stacks of the objects I had been madly trying to track down all morning.   I began to sift through the diverse collection of music, confused at how I could pull out an Alpha Blondy LP, an Eric B. and Rakim 12″, and some random cuban records from the same pile.  Eventually I came across this gem of an album by Venezuela’s Porfi Jimenez, along with some other excellent salsa records.

Born in the Dominican Republic, Jimenez eventually found himself performing and recording in Caracas, Venezuela, where he was a strong advocate of a newly emerging brand of Latin music called Salsa.  Here we focus on his excursion into a funky brand of psychedelic Salsa, with a song called “Echate Pa Ca”.  Love the guitar on this one!

Porfi Jimenez y Su Orquesta: “Echate Pa Ca”
From the El Rico Sabor de Porfi Jimenez LP (Velvet, Ecuador Press, 1973)

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