DIABLOS DEL RITMO The Colom­bian Melt­ing Pot 1960-1985 Ana­log Africa

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSICREVIEWS - NIGEL WOOD

★★★★ Colom­bia has be­come a favoured des­ti­na­tion for mu­si­cal ar­chiv­ists seek­ing out dusty vinyl and for­got­ten mas­ter tapes. There have been two ex­cel­lent col­lec­tions of cumbia of late, and now Ana­log Africa puts the spot­light on Bar­ran­quilla and Carta­gena on the Caribbean coast, with their strong African in­her­i­tance. There is cumbia here, as well as Latin soul, Caribbean funk, afrobeat and even re­work­ings of African tunes – Wganda Kenya’s sem­i­nal ver­sion of Fela Kuti’s Shakara be­ing a prime ex­am­ple. The co­pi­ous sleeve-notes give the con­text to the mu­si­cal cross-pol­li­na­tion and hy­bridi­s­a­tion on show, and tell the story of the trade in African records, highly sought af­ter by the picós, or lo­cal sound sys­tems, in a cut-throat mar­ket­place. A rich melt­ing pot, and dev­il­ishly dance­able. analo­gafrica.com Down­load: Shakalaodé, Amam­pondo, Sabrosón

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