Barranquilla’s Legacy

Anibal Velasquez -  Mambo Loco
Anibal Velasquez – Mambo Loco
Anibal Velasquez

Mambo Loco (Analog Africa AACD 067CD, 2010)

Mambo Loco is a collection of music by Anibal Velasquez, the legendary accordionist from Barranquilla in Caribbean Colombia. Analog Africa founder Samy Ben Redjeb selected the music from the archive of Industrias Fonográficas del Caribe.

Living in a port city in the Caribbean coast of Colombia, exposed Anibal Velasquez to a variety of tropical music, which included traditional Colombian genres such as cumbia, vallenato and pompo as well as Cuban dance styles such as guaracha and rumba. Anibal liked to experiment and made changes to the traditional Cuban format. His brother José replaced the traditional bongos used in Cuban music with a traditional Colombian drum called “La Caja” which he modified by adding “radiografias médicas” (x-ray films) over the drum.

Anibal Velasquez’s accordion-driven guaracha captivated numerous fans. Velasquez had several hits and was very popular during the 1950s and 1960s with Los Vallenatos de Magdalena and his own conjunto (band), which included his elder brother Juan, a gifted musician in his own right, and his younger brother Jose.

Mambo Loco is an essential recording that introduces the listener to coastal Colombian music of the highest caliber.

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.

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