diablos del ritmo part 1: the colombian melting pot 1960-1985 (double LP, £21.50)label: Analog Africa
Colombian music in general, especially the music from the Caribbean coast, is heavily infuenced by the drums, percussion and chanting of African rhythms. Thus Afrobeat, Terapia and Lumbal clashed effortlessly with the tropical sounds of Puya, Porro, Gaita, Cumbiamba, Mapel and Chand to create a rich amalgam of irresistible dance music while traditional styles were refined by an elite cadre of accordion players that included Alejandro Duran, Alfredo Gutierrez, Calixto Ochoa, Anibal Velasquez and Andres Landero. The compilation CD features 32 tracks from many of the essential artists, including Wganda Kenya, Julian Y Su Combo, Myrian Makenwa, Wasamaye Rock Group, Los Salvajes, Conjunto Son San, Sonora Tropiacal, Cumbia Soledena, Andres Landero, a.m.o. On vinyl 'Diablos Del Ritmo' is divided into two separate volumes, which together offer all of the songs included in the double CD.
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