A sofa, a turntable,
a few beers
and lots of RECORDS!
That’s the idea. In 2014 La Pelanga launched Pelanga en La Sala – the Podcast. Regularly we have gathered in each other’s homes with a few close friends to share our latest finds which we called “Micro-Pelangas”. This became the perfect space to listen to music that never makes it to our Pelanga parties. Like on the pages of this blog we are able to go anywhere musically and it allowed us to really listen and discuss records that we were most excited about at the time. It took several years, but it finally occurred to us that we had the makings of a possible podcast. To our surprise there were no podcasts exploring Latin, Caribbean, and African music. Not anymore.
You are invited to join us as we continue to explore the world from our sala, one record at a time. Pelanga en La Sala is now available in iTunes store for streaming and download! We will be inviting other collectors to join us along with some surprise special guess! We would be honored if you gave it a listen and let us know what you think. If you like please subscribe. We will be continually releasing new episodes throughout each month.
La Pelanga crew
PELS 12: Migration Mix with Sita Bhaumik
We’re finally back en La Sala after a year of doing multiple DJ residencies. Party events are fun, but hard work as well, and unfortunately it meant pushing pause on the podcast recordings. Now that we’ve wrapped those up we’ve plugged our mics back in and are ready to share more rare records from around the world with specials guests coming through the door. In this episode we are joined by artist Sita Bhaumik. She’s en La Sala with us to talk about her new exhibition Estamos contra el muro | We Are Against the Wall and to preview the exclusive Migration Mixtape we are producing for the show.
PELS 11: Brazil and beyond with T-Kay
This month we welcome professional archivist and deejay T-Kay, host of Hip-Hop Hurray out of Austin, Texas and The Afternoon Love-In from DubLab. T-Kay has traveled the world collecting records and visits La Sala with a collection of 45s she picked up from one of her favorite cities Sao Paulo, Brasil. As always, music knows no borders and it doesn’t take long before we’re off to Indonesia, Singapore, Angola and Sierra Leon. Join us for another one-of-a-kind musical journey en La Sala.
PELS 10: Kiskeya & Quisqueya
This month we visit the island referred to as Kiskeya or Quisqueya depending which side of the shared border of Haïti or La República Dominicana you live on. To lead us through a vinyl exploration of this beautiful shared musical history we are joined by former Music Director at KALX of UC Berkeley and current Latin Music Curator and Programmer at Pandora, Marcos Juarez.
Important Note: This podcast was recorded before the recent disturbing deportation of Haitians taking place in the D.R.
PELS 09: Cleaning up in México
Digging for records can get dirty, very dirty. So we get to cleaning some of our grimiest records, many of which we found in México and Colombia. DJs China Tu Madre, Papicultor, Smokestack, and Pozole all in La Sala sharing some filthy good music.
After a full afternoon of digging through many boxes of records from all over the world we headed straight back to La Sala to see if we spent our money wisely. We think we did pretty well, but have a listen and let us know what you think.
Fela Ransome-Kuti and Africa ’70 with Ginger Baker – Let’s Start
20th Century Steel Band – Heaven and Hell is on Earth
Monarco – Silenciar A Mangueira
Avohou Pierre Et L’Orchestre Black Santiago – Makoba Houi Dé O
Al Hirt – Harlem Hendoo
Chico Che Y La Crisis – Sagitario
The Doves – Give Peace to the People
Orquestre Le Peuple – Massavi Fololo Y’ Africa
The Numonics – You Lied
El Gran Combo – El Jolgoria (Wepa-Wepa)
PELS: Ep 006 – Colombia!
Oct 31, 2014
In our previous podcast we loved having Daniel French of Las Cafeteras in La Sala so much that we brought him back. We also welcomed the super talented Bardo Martinez, lead singer, guitarist and organist from Chicano Batman into La Sala. Hosts May-Li (dj china tu madre) and Federico (dj papicultor), who have just returned from the Festival Petronio Álvarez in Cali, Colombia, give us a first hand guide through one of the most musically rich areas of the world. A special night full of beautiful stories, impromptu singing, savory arrechón, and irresistible records.
You can also listen, download and subscribe to our podcast in iTunes. Please let us know what you think and leave us a review.
- Alejandro Durán – El Aborrecido
- Andres Landero – Canto Negro
- Ondatrópica – Homenaje a Andres Landero
- Ondatrópica – Cien Años (Markitos Micolta on vocals)
- Peregoyo y Su Combo Vacaná – El Mundo Al Revés
- La Contundencia Chirimía – Fiesta San Pachera
- Grupo Saboreo – Kilele (live at the Loma de la Cruz in Cali)
- Grupo Socavón de Timbiquí – Quitate De Mi Escalera (Nidia Góngora on vocals)
- Live Recording at Escuela Canalón in Cali – Rio Timbiqui
PELS: Ep 005 – Egypt and beyond
Apr 10, 2014
Hosts Arjuna (dj smokestack), Jacobo (dj pozole), Federico (dj papicultor), and May-Li (dj china tu madre) welcome special guest Daniel French from one of the hottest bands from East LA Las Cafeteras to La Sala. Our vinyl journey begins with classic sounds from Egypt then continues onto Tanzania, Zaire and Colombia before returning to California to connect the old with the new.
You can download and subscribe to it for free on iTunes along with all our previous episodes. Leave a review and let us know what you think.
PELS: Ep 004 – Digging deep in Ghana
Mar 10, 2014
We’re back with our 4th podcast of Pelanga en La Sala. Hosts Arjuna (dj smokestack), Jacobo (dj pozole) and Federico (dj papicultor) welcome guest DJ and collector Juan G into La Sala, the man behind Diggin4Gold, as they discuss his record digging experience in Ghana and explore much of West Africa via vinyl treasures.
You can download it for free on iTunes along with all our previous episodes. Leave a review and let us know what you think.
- Eddie Palmeri – Mozambique
- Los Papacitos – Vienen Los Papacitos
- Pello El Afrokan – Ahora Si
- Los Mozambiques – Marcado
- Ibo Combo – Soeurette
- Bush Y Sus Magnificos – La Confianza
- Manito Johnson Y Los Diferentes – Los Diferentes
- Los Salvajes Del Ritmo – St John’s Guaguanco
- Los Beltons – Recuerdos de Don José
- Los Silvertones – You Call Be My Name
- Los Flamantes – Fanny
- Los Exciters – Something Deep Inside
- DP Express – Apran’n Pale
- Lord Panama – Fire Down Below / Fuego Abajo
- Sir Jablonski– Juke Juke
PELS – Episode 1
Nov 11, 2013
Last week we got together and recorded our very first Pelangacast live from our LP clubhouse! The concept is not to have the typical radio “programmed show,” but instead to invite you into our cozy wall-to-wall collection of culture on vinyl as we share stories and discoveries from our musical addictions.
Below is our first episode with more to come soon. Have a listen, and let us know what you think.
- Advice – I. C. Rock
- Ce La Vie – Les Difficiles De Pétion-Ville
- Ah Ah Oh No – La Protesta (ft. Joe Arroyo)
- El Preso – Louis Towers [NOTE: This unlabeled record was in a Grupo Kuwait sleeve, but it’s actually Louis Towers]
- (Where Were You) Last Night – Sumy
- Banana Juana – Ralph Robles
- Guami Guami – Sir Victor Uwaifo and his Melody Maestros
- Jessie – Kanda Bongo Man