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