Day 9: Colombian Micro-Genres

Hey Franko, thanks for letting me do this! I have a few different 45’s I’ll try to post up this month, starting with this Cumbia microgenre from Colombia – Pa’ Que Veas by Cristobal Perez Y Su Conjunto. It’s described as an “Apretaito” from the Spanish “Apretar” meaning to press or push… and that’s the vibe you get. Not super hyphy, but a relentless beat that keeps things moving for the dance floor. What’s more, since this is a b side and not on a yellow label that begins with “F”, you might be able to find it for really cheap.

-Sport Casual

You can check out Sport Casual’s website – There are some amazing Latin mixes on that site, especially the El Bigote sleepy beats and breaks one. The Moustache Mix!

Thanks Sacha (aka Sport Casual) for this wonderful track. I know it’s hard finding out information about some seriously obscure Latin musicians, next to impossible sometimes. But you really hit a nerve with me when you used the term “micro-genre”, especially when explaining a cumbia conjunto from Colombia. There are hundreds of genres from the Atlantic coast, to Andean regions, to the Pacific, to even the insular regions of Colombia. I tossed in a few tracks of one of my favorite musicians Anibal Velasquez to show how different two 45’s can make. There is no other musician I can think of who was more prolific and has traversed more Colombian “micro-genres” than Anibal Velasquez himself. I won’t say anymore than that. A certain somebody from a certain record label is putting out a collection of his music, which I actually contributed to. These two songs made the cutting room floor and I wanted to save a post on Anibal long after that record is released. Enjoy!

-Sonido Franko

 1. Cristobal Perez Y Su Conjunto: Pa’ Que Veas

2. Anibal Velasquez: Soy Guajiro

3. Anibal Velasquez Y Su Conjunto: La Pollera Apreta

6 Responses to “Day 9: Colombian Micro-Genres”

  1. 1 Papito February 9, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    cool blog, i think someone may be interested in knowing that lyra, as far as i know, is not a colombian label, but a bolivian one so i think cristobal perez may be from bolivia not colombia.
    take care

  2. 2 Sport Casual February 10, 2010 at 8:18 am

    ha Paolo, you are totally right. Post fail. Start over.
    A little google research tells me that the pressing plant is the Colombian link and they also pressed records for Orfeon and Velvet.

  3. 3 josephfranko February 10, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    We won’t really ever know where Cristobal Perez is from. Lider is a peruvian label with Anibal on it? So who know’s. Sounds Colombian, but its all good.

  4. 4 Sport Casual February 11, 2010 at 7:20 am

    Just to add some more variables into the mix – yesterday I found my LP by Billo’s Caracas Boys on NY label Marilu, and one of the tracks is called Apretaito…. and it’s a Merengue 🙂

  5. 5 Papito February 14, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Yes man, and Lyra is not one of the most common label to find in Colombia. Lider released a lot of material there and as you surely know, most of the artists on the label were peruvian (A.Linares, Los Destellos, Los Sabios del Ritmo, Los Siderals just to name a few). I think it should be the same for the Lyra label but as somebody said, we cannot know for sure. Anyway thanks for sharing this, nice post!

  6. 6 Edgar Nevermoo February 17, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    I like La Pollera Apreta!!!!

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