Wednesday, February 27, 2008


"A flourishing of Calypso creativity, a dramatic period in Trinidad's history and an audio engineer inspired these exciting tracks, originally released on Cook Records between 1956 and 1962. Emory Cook used innovative recording techniques to capture the active interplay between calypsonians and their audiences. We hear classic song-duels between calypso legends like The Mighty Sparrow and Lord Melody, lively steel band processions, and a wide range of provocative calypso songs about life, love and politics. Live and studio recordings from Trinidad."
Calypso Awakening from the Emory Cook Collection, MP3 Album Music Download at eMusic

"With the new CD 'The Roots of Chicha: Psychedelic Cumbias from Peru,' the man who compiled the music, Olivier Conan, might just be giving American popular culture a chance to hear some music that has slid under the radar for decades.

Chicha is the sound of one style of Peruvian pop music that is derived from Cumbia, a form of Colombian music, and popular in the poor, urban neighborhoods, where Conan was introduced to it.

In the 1960s, Chicha bands were borrowing sounds and ideas from English and American music and melding these with Cumbia — electric guitars and bass, Moog synthesizers and Farfisa organs all crept in. The first group of these bands came out of the Amazon — bands like Juaneco y Su Combo, and Los Tigres de Tarapoto."
The Roots of Chicha, MP3 Album Music Download at eMusic

shuffleboil | The Roots of Chicha: Interview with Olivier Conan

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