Colombia’s Afrobeat

Various Artists - Palenque Palenque! Champeta Criolla & Afro Roots in Colombia 1975-91
Various Artists – Palenque Palenque! Champeta Criolla & Afro Roots in Colombia 1975-91
Various Artists

Palenque Palenque! Champeta Criolla & Afro Roots in Colombia 1975-91 (Soundway Records, 2010)

This outstanding collection  reveals the new hybrid Afro Colombian music known as champeta criolla that was developed in Barranquilla and Cartagena (Caribbean Colombia) in the 1970s. Champeta was created when local DJs and “picos” (sound systems, sometimes mounted on trucks and vans) introduced recordings from Africa and the Caribbean, genres such as highlife, afrobeat, compas, and soukous.

By the early 1980s, local musicians had developed their own type of African rooted music, creating a form of percussion heavy Colombian Afrobeat music that sometimes incorporates Afro Colombian styles such as cumbia.

The music selection on Palenque Palenque!, which ranges from 1975-1991 is excellent and provides a wide overview of the vitality of champeta criolla. The album was co-compiled by Colombian producer Lucas Silva of Palenque Records and Miles Cleret of Soundway Records. The vinyl version comes as a triple LP with two extra bonus tracks.

Palenque Palenque! is an irresistible album of some of the best Afro Colombian made in the Caribbean coast of Colombia.

Track List

1. Manuel Alvarez y Sus Dangers – Esclavo Moderno

2. Cassimbas Negras – Bumburumbumbum

3. Abelardo Carbonó y su Conjunto – Palenque

4. Son Palenque – Tungalala (El Sapo)

5. Cumbia Siglo XX – Naga Pedale

6. Wganda Kenya – Pim Pom

7. Banda Los Hijos de La Niña Luz – Dejala Corre

8. Pedro Beltran – Puyalo Ahi

9. Cumbia Moderna De Soledad– Tetero

10. Abelardo Carbonó y su Conjunto – Quiero a Mi Gente

11. Lisandro Meza y su Conjunto – Shacalao

12. Son Palenque – Palengue Palengue

13. Abelardo Carbanó – La Negra Kulengue

14. La Tromba – Calaba Calabao

15. Los Soneros de Gamero – Katunga

16. Rabel y su Grupo – Manaye

17. La Nelda Pina – El Sucusu

18. Wganda Kenya – El Lobo

19. Son Palenque – Dame Un Trago

20. Grupo Palma Africana – La Botellita

21. Wganda Kenya – Yoro

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV 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 albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.


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