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.
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- 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
I can’t think of a better way to come back than with this monster of a record. Much has been written recently about Andrés Landero – our friend Bardo from Chicano Batman even wrote his thesis about him; recommended reading! For many of California and Mexico’s cumbieros, Andrés Landero defines the sound they work hard to try to achieve: strong, rooted, heavy, proud. (But then he makes it seem so effortless too, makes everyone else sound like a little kid!) Oddly enough he is much lesser known in Colombia, and whenever you ask around for Landero records there, the nationalistic record sellers will complain that the Mexicans took them all. I’m not one to spend big dollars on records, so I’m always excited when I manage to find one of his for a decent price.
Here’s a song of strength for the campesino trying to make ends meet while the plague is taking over his field:
Here is one of the rare songs where I can actually imagine Andres Landero breaking a sweat.
This one is a relic! Judging from the lyrics, it must be 1974 in this followup to Adolfo Pacheco’s La Hamaca Grande. Landero sets San Jacinto – Valledupar rivalries aside (which La Hamaca Grande didn’t) to endorse Alfonso Lopez Michelsen, who had co-founded the Festival Vallenato in the 60s and almost never missed it since. Lopez Michelsen was later elected to be president of Colombia, and probably did govern from the big San Jacinto hammock that Landero gave him. Did he defend the worker and help the campesino, though?
La Hamaca Del Presidente by Andres Landero
This is how a vallenato is played.