World music label Piranha Records continues its Noir series with a focus on melancholic Latin inspired music. The title of this new compilation is Latin Noir – Everything Happens On The Beach (CD-PIR2648).
The album scheduled for release in February 2012 features artists from Cuba, Argentina, Colombia, New York and both sides of the Mediterranean Sea.
Accordion master Chango Spasiuk opens Latin Noir with Argentine chamamé music that fuses complex rhythms of African and Creole-Spanish immigrants with those of indigenous Mbya-Guaraní Indians and Middle European settlers.
The compilation includes rare musical treasures such as the Cuban guaracha “La Negra Tomasa” which tells a tale about the haunting powers of the Manding culture. A version of the song was later made popular around the world by the Buena Vista Social Club under the title “Mandinga”.
Bonus track “La Patera” by Watcha Clan concludes the album’s journey with an emotional lament about the boat-refugees who try to break the borders between Africa and Europe. Patera is the Spanish word for the dingy boats used by African migrants to cross the sea to reach the southern Spanish coast.
Latin Noir was compiled by Berlin-based, Italian electro-jazz producer and DJ Sonia Brex.
1. Chango Spasiuk – “Tierra Colorada”
Argentine accordion master.
2. Seguidores Del Son – “Todo Eso”
In this classic “Son Montuno” (from the Hinterland) African and Spanish cultural heritage are combined.
3. Eddie Bobé feat. Orlando “Puntilla” Rios – “Rumba Para Los Olu Bata”
New York’s Central Park has been the meeting place for celebrating the Caribbean rumba tradition. Nuyorican and Cuban musicians come together to remember.
4. Ana Cristina Pozo & Omar Perez – “Déjame Me Que Te Lleve”
“Let me take you with me” on a journey through the kingdom of time and hope. A “Canción” from the “Trova” tradition intoned by the Cuban troubadour duo.
5. Conjunto Campesino Cuyaguateje – “La Cola De Tu Caimán”
The band took its name from a small Cuban river and sing about riding the back of a caimán in “Música Campesina” (Country Music) style.
6. Estudiantina Invasora – “Commandante Che Guevara”
One of Santiago de Cuba’s finest remember the ghost of the revolution.
7. Maurice El Médioni meets Roberto Rodriguez – “Oh! Ma Belle”
Grandmaster of the pianoriental meets Cuban super drummer.
8. Son del Mayabeque – “Runidera”
The trumpet takes lead when the “Son” hits town. Ignacio Piňeiro, one of the founding fathers of modern Cuban music, composed this song, originally performed by his septeto nacional.
9. Piquete Tipico Las – “Alturas De Simpson”
When Miguel Failde premiered “Las Alturas de Simpson” on 1 January, 1879, at “El Club” in the Cuban city of Mantanzas, he established a new popular genre called “Danzón”.
10. Alfredo Gutiérrez – “La Distancia”
He is praised as the king of kings in the “Vallenato” accordion valleys of Colombia.
11. Grupo El Organo Pinareňo – “La Negra Tomasa”
“Double Noir” is the “Guaracha” by the group from Pinareño, Cuba. “Everything makes me go wild for black Tomasa”, also recorded by the Buena Vista Social Club under the title “Mandinga”.
12. Sin Palabras feat. Tambor de Firmin “Por Una Tigresa Que Mira Na Estrella”
Two virtuoso Cuban percussionists combine their urban know-how with the ancestral rhythms of Santeria.
13. (Bonus track) Watcha Clan – “La Patera”
The Marseille-based collective led by Sista K conclude the album’s journey with their lament about the boat-refugees who try to break the borders between Africa and Europe.
Author: World Music Central News Department
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