This week is the start of carnaval all over the Caribbean and Latin America so each day this week we’ll travel via vinyl to a different carnaval. Let’s kick it off in Barinquilla, Colombia with Lorenzo “Loncho” Romero who will have you ready to take your dancing and drinking to the streets.
This record by the prolific Calixto Ochoa is well over 40 years old and it still holds up like the day it was released. I love everything about this song. Without fail it lifts my mood and has me dancing around my living room. This one of those records I can happily listen to on repeat.
Tonight in Oakland, CA we are DJing with the best known acordeonistas from Monterrey, Mexico, Celso Piña! (see previous post) As a dedication I’m selecting someone that I’m sure inspired Celso when he picked up his first accordion in the early 80s — Lisandro Meza. This 1983 record exemplifies the golden era of cumbia sonidera when the most famous Colombian cumbia artists were recording songs dedicated to their Mexican followers.
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.
Los Hermanos Flores – Otra Vez
Los Hermanos Flores – Flor de Pithaya
Los Sonadores de la Paz – El Sudcaliforniano
Miguel Angel Lizarra – Tu Mi Destino
Manuel Celestino – Naciste Bonita
Grupo Laser – Buscalo
Los Hermanos Flores – La Paz
Los Sonadores de la Paz – Llegando a la Paz
Los Hermanos Flores – Todos Santos
Acapulco Tropical – La Pollera Amarilla
Ray Barretto – Hipocresía y Falsedad
Ismael Rivera – Traigo Salsa
Bobby Small – Compas de Cumbia
Grupo Miramar – Cerro Hermoso
Andrés Landero – Noche de Cumbia
Acosta y sus Tremendos – Y Me Critican
Hermanos Martinez de Allende, N.L. – Bailando en Shorts
The accordion, one of the most fascinating, unique and without question culturally important musical instruments that all of us pelangueros can’t get enough of. Yet to be honest, we actually know very little about these squeezable typewriter-looking devices. That is why we knew we had to dedicate an entire episode to the accordion and why we were so excited to welcome Professor of Ethnomusicology at Boston University, Co-Producer of Public Radio International’s Squeeze Box Stories and bad-ass acordeonista of the group Debo Band—Marié Abe. Listen as we learn about the accordion’s origins and its travels through Europe, Africa, the Americas and all the way to Japan.
Tracklist: Ferew Hilu – Eshururu Debo Band – Ambassel Debo Band – DC Flower Los Cholos de Pasto – Cumbia de O. Vreeskin Alejo Durán – Mi pedazo de acordeón Squeezebox Stories – Trailer Los Yukinos – De party con las malandrinas Los Perlas – Tener o no tener El Cieguito de Nagua – La bailadora José Santiago Vega – No me hable estrujao 北原謙二 – 銀座パチャンが通り (Kenji Kitahara – Ginza Pachanga) Ferro Gaita – Tareza Petar Ralchev – To the north of Bulgaria Fred Frith – Hands of the juggler
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