In January I shared an old school gospel record by The Savannah Community Choirthat got a good response so how about another for February? This time from the West Coast we have Brother Henderson’s Watts Community Choir doing a rendition of Burt Bacharach’s What the World Needs Now. To rearrange this tune from the popular Dionne Warwick version seems like a bold move for the time, but I guess when you got the Lord onyour side. Personally I’m loving this version more—sometimes gospel makes everything better. And you have to love this cover of the choir all in front of the Watts tower, fists up. ✊🏽
We’re finishing up a whole week of recommended new music as strongly as possible with the team up of Quantic & Nidia Góngora. These two have been continue their recent collaboration with this double LP released last year and it really is the epitome of how to perfectly meld modern production and folkloric music, in this case Currulao from the pacific coast of Colombia. In doing so they simultaneously breathe life into the different worlds they are rooted in and create something entirely new. This is just a taste of what critics are in all agreement is a stellar record. We’re cosigning onto that and of course thrilled for Nidia’s continued success.
Over the past few years there’s been an exciting wave of music that’s about combining the past with the present—traditional rhythms and/or vocals with current beats and production. One of the labels that has really made this a key part of their catalog is Soundway Records. A couple years ago they released this single Wejene Aola from producer and mullti-instrumentalist, Dexter Story featuring Kamasi Washington, where we get a perfect mix of East African funk and head nodding production work. #45Friday
Yesterday we featured new music from L.A. so only fair we check in on N.Y. and listen in on some more new indie latin music—specifically Latin-psych music that seems to have resurged lately. This new group out of N.Y., Combo Chimbita has my interest with this tropical-punk sound rooted in traditional Colombian rhythms. This is one of the more chill tunes, while the rest of the album goes even further into a psyched out frenzy. Let us know if you’re feeling this new wave.
I figure why not have stay with new music for the whole week, which leads me to this awesome new LP from La Chamba. If you’re into L.A.’s cumbia scene you know these cats have been repping Peruvian cumbia chicha for awhile now and have come a long way with their sound. This LP Ecos de la Selva is one of those you’ll never lift the needle off of—no fillers just great music straight through the whole record.
Up until yesterday’s post we’ve been sharing records from the 80s on back so why not continue on the new music wave. Here we have a 2017 release from Mali’s Oumou Sangaré, who through her music and being an entrepreneur is an outspoken advocate for women’s rights. Here’s one my favorites tracks from this LP, which forges a perfect blend between traditional and modern sounds to get you moving. I highly recommend picking this one up
It’s President’s Day here in the US and rather fume over how our current and past presidents have let us down time and time again let’s do some visioning and imagine what you or I would do if we running the White Houes. No better record for this one by Las Cafeteras who offer what they would, which I’m 100% with.