Manuel Obregón y la Orquesta de la Papaya
Manuel Obregón y la Orquesta de la Papaya (Papaya Music, 2002)
Manuel Obregón y la Orquesta de la Papaya are leading the way for world music in Central America. Based in Costa Rica, the musicians behind the project have started a label that is releasing great roots music ignored by the major labels in Central America.
The CD by Manuel Obregón y la Orquesta de la Papaya travels across Central America, exposing the sounds of various cultures and ethnicities. They cover the fiery rhythms of Panama and Honduras, the African-rooted songs from Belize, the more melodic sounds of Costa Rica and traditional songs from Guatemala and El Salvador.
The group uses the accordion, Panamanian folk violin, Nicaraguan marimba, electric guitar and piano as leading instruments, with a powerful rhythm section of Garifuna drums from Belize and earthen jugs of Guatemala, as well as other instruments.
The folk violin of Panama, the Garifuna drums of Belize, the marimbas of Nicaragua and the come together in the most interesting musical experiment on the isthmus.
Manuel Obregón and la Orquesta de la Papaya are carrying out an admirable job and deserve the support of the international world music community.
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.