Rufo Garrido y Su Orquesta

Back to Basics with Raoul Guillaume et Son Groupe

It’s a been a while since I’ve shared any recent additions to the collection. Considering, I thought we’d get back to the basics with the simple, sunny tune – Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La Si, Do – by Haitian bandleader Raoul Guillaume et Son Groupe. I don’t remember learning the musical scale back in school being so groovy!

Do Re Mi

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Salud,

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Kinshasa to Memphis

A beautiful tribute from the greatest singer of Congolese rhumba, Tabu Ley Rochereau et l’african fiesta national for one of the greatest men the US ever gave birth to.

Martin Luther King (part 1)

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Martin Luther King (part 2)

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La Pelanga con Viento Callejero – NOV 6

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Continued thanks to all of you that have come out to our new series La Pelanga en La Misión. Each night has been a reflection of our musical inspiration and community that we have loved celebrating with you all. This month we keep the flow going with another group we absolutely love—Viento Callejero. We’re excited to welcome them to The Bay with their fresh LA take on cumiba.

Viento Callejero have been playing in bands you likely already know and love like Chicano Batman, La Santa Cecilia, Tokeson and Sistema Bomb. Their paths have thankfully joined to record one the best new cumbia records. Check out their song La Burrita.

 

This show will also be the debut release of their BRAND NEW 7″ SINGLE: Remolino !!!!!

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If you can get down with this and love dancing to the records from La Pelanga DJs, get your tickets now and $ave.

FRI, NOV 6 at The Brick and Mortar Music Hall
Doors open at 9pm.
$12 Adv, $15 at the door

 

Do You Wanna Dance…with Boogaloo Assassins?

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Have you heard that we’re starting a monthly Pelanga party in La Mision at the Brick & Mortar? 

That’s right! We’re kicking things off Friday July 31st with West Coast-bred Boogaloo Assassins. These twelve latin soul brothers have steeped their rich Los Angeles roots with the often emulated sounds of New York’s Spanish Harlem to make Old Love Dies Hard (2013) – a six song EP on the Sicario/Fania labels, that’s guaranteed to bring your whole family to the dance floor. Old Love Dies Hard combines three of the group’s original recordings with covers of several perennial tracks, including a seamless, montuno-drenched version of Dawn Penn’s dancehall classic, You Don’t Love Me (No No No).
Boogaloo Assassins — No No No

For the long time lover of latin soul, Boogaloo Assassins will take you on a walk through the familiar musical landscape of East Harlem in the 60’s and 70’s. Think of boogaloo, salsa, and soul classics on storied labels like Allegre, Fania, and Tico – but with a sunny infusion of laid back California swing. For the uninitiated, simply ask yourself the question – do you wanna dance? If the answer is yes, then we’ll see you at the show! Or if you’re on the fence about it, reconsider as Boogaloo Assassins reframe the question with their original composition and instant party starter – Do You Wanna Dance.

Boogaloo Assassins — Do You Wanna Dance

So, now what’s your answer? 

DJ Smokestack

Allez Les Éléphants!

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Two of the teams I had huge hopes for in World Cup 2014 were Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana; sadly things didn’t work out as well for them as many of us hoped.

But that’s why I’m super excited for this superclásico tomorrow, the final of the African Cup of Nations 2015!!!
Judging from the record cover, back in 1984 Côte d’Ivoire must have not had the  team that they have today; “La victoire est possible” is even more hesitant than the Mexicans’ “Sí se puede”; when you have to explain to your team that they *could* win, things might not be looking so good for you.
But things are very different today, and I’m really hoping to see this golden generation finally get the big win. Plus, I’ve waited years for the right moment to share this record with you, this better be it!
Allez Les Éléphants!!!

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Enjoy,

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