Big thanks to Posoule for Edmond Tigui’s original version of Ekang. Crazy good record! Let me return the favor. Here are Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto playing El Amor Amor, the track you posted from Los Viajes del Viento. (By the way: they say the author is “D.R.A.” meaning “not a clue”.)
So in Papicultor’s post of Golden Sounds’ cover of Ekan he made a request for the original. No problem. As he described this is one crazy song with a stuttering rhythm that seems like it shouldn’t even be rhythmic, but it totally is. And as you will hear this version is extremely raw in comparison with Golden Sound’s cover. A lot of it has to do with recording techniques/equipment used at that time, which now has become very desirable by many musicians and studio heads. I normally wouldn’t post a record with so many pops and clicks, but I think it just adds to the wonderful rawness of the sound.
I have to say though my favorite song is on the A side, Macnam-Mot. Everything from the horns to the guitars to the vocals are totally infectious—a wonderful example of Makossa music from Cameroon. Enjoy!
Sorry for the silence, and thanks to Posoule and especially Mister 3000 for holding it down in our absence.
Did you know that La Pelanga takes requests? (Ok, only if we like them and we have them, heheh.) Just drop us an email or leave a comment on any post. César asked me to post the original version of Shakira’s World Cup hit “Waka Waka”, and I’m happy to do that. Click here to watch the video of Golden Sounds’s “Zangalewa”.
Much has been said about FIFA’s choice of a Latina over soooo many talented African musicians, and about Shakira’s (cover/tribute/appropriation)? of this great song. (I’m sure she grew up hearing it in the radio like I did.) Google and ye shall find. Here is a good post by Boima about it.
But what I was really excited about when I picked up this record was the B-side, which contains a version of Edmond Tigui’s “Ekang”: a true Pelanga classic (on Juancho’s beautiful and beautifully titled “La Pelanga v.2”.) and one of the craziest 45s I’ve ever heard/seen. How many times do you have to hear this to understand where the rhythm is going?
Club Social Musical “El Aromito” was formed after the famed Centro Musical El Callao closed in the early 1990s. Today, Friday, August 20th, it celebrates its 16th anniversary today. For the occasion, I’m posting this recording from a few Fridays ago. I wish I could be there…
While perusing Netflix the other night to my delight I discovered Los Viajes Del Viento was available for rent/streaming. I had seen this amazing film by Ciro Guerra in the Spring as apart of San Francisco’s International Film Festival with Papicultor y China Tu Madre. Watching a second time left me just as inspired as after seeing it in the theater. If there was ever a Pelanga film festival this epic movie would be at the top of my list. Most reviews speak of the breathtaking Colombian landscape that Guerra beautifully captures, but the visuals are equally matched by the sounds of vallenato music.
One of the best examples comes during an annual festival where juglares (vallenato troubadours) duel each other for prize money. This type of duel is all about the lyrics, where each juglar disses the other while boasting their skills – essentially a freestyle battle! The previous year’s champion welcomes all challengers and ends up taking down his competitors 1 by 1 to a folkloric song called El Amor Amor (perhaps originally by Samuel Martinez or Francisco Rada?). Well that is until the Ignacio and his devil’s accordion steps into the ring. This recording is from the film that will be on the forthcoming soundtrack. Enjoy!
Last week I had the privilege of meeting Walter Goyburu. He’s the one on the left, wearing the white scarf. His son is on cajón, and the man on the right is the musical director of Centro Social Musical El Aromito, in Callao. I’ve unfortunately forgotten their names, but I blame this on the rum. Early in the evening, before the drinking began in earnest, we asked Walter to show us the difference between the classic and the modern styles of Peruvian creole guitar. This was his response.