The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music -

THE sounds of Colom­bia’s Caribbean coast are con­nected to mother Africa via the um­bil­i­cal cord of his­tory. Cham­peta, an ir­re­sistible Afro- Colom­bian dance mu­sic hy­brid, blends the coun­try’s syn­co­pated Latin sta­ple, cumbia, and lo­cal rhythms with the shim­mer­ing gui­tars of Con­golese souk­ous, Ghana­ian high­life and Nige­rian afro- beat, toss­ing a soup­con of Haitian com­pas and Ja­maican ragga­muf­fin into the mix. The brew is as in­tox­i­cat­ing as Ron ( rum) Viejo de Cal­das and hot­ter than a jalapeno. Three years in the mak­ing, the album brings to­gether mu­si­cians of the re­lated cul­tures un­der the cham­peta ban­ner. The danc­ing lines of the African gui­tarists, who in­clude Guinean great Sekou ‘‘ Di­a­mond Fin­gers’’ Di­a­bate and Con­golese aces Di­blo Dibala and Rigo Star, merge stabs of Latin brass and slabs of val­lenato ac­cor­dion, echo­ing the stac­cato vo­cals of Con­golese leg­end Ny­boma Mwan’dido and cham­peta cham­pi­ons Vi­viano Tor­res and Luis Tow­ers. Voodoo Love Inna Cham­peta Land Colom­bi­africa — The Mys­tic Orches­tra River­boat/ MRA

Tony Hil­lier

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