I’m psyched to see all the recent excitement over Anibal Velasquez’s expansive discography. I’m especially happy that the good people at Analog Africa picked up on him and put out this *impeccable* compilation.
I’m not sure what a barranquillero is doing in “Analog Africa”, but the series is amazing and will surely get him some well-deserved attention. Apparently he is about to go on his first European tour!
Anyway, here’s a relentless merengue, thanks to Radio Cordialidad:
The next track is a collaboration with the great Carlos Román. This might be from the late 50s or early 60s; does anyone know? The crappy sound quality is to be expected – one quick look at this 78″ is enough to tell you that this thing has been around the victrola one too many times.
El Desfile by Anibal Velasquez Y Carlos Roman
Want more? Here’s some *serious* footage from an upcoming documentary by Sanjay Agarwal and Ivan Higa:
and some more great tracks thanks to Oakland’s Sonido Franko: