Archive for the 'Cumbia' Category

Day 6: Carlos Pickling y Su Órgano Electrónico

Un saludo al gran maestro Peruano Carlos Pickling y todos los sonideros Mexicanos que tocan su rolas chingonas. Sin y con rebajada. Andale!!!

1. Carlos Pickling y su Conjunto: Cumbia Del Sol

2. Carlos Pickling y su Conjunto: Noche De Estrellas

3. Carlos Pickling y su Conjunto: Cumbia Del Sol (rebajada)


Day 4: Lisandro Meza

It would come as no surprise that singer and accordionist Lisandro Meza was catapulted to major stardom in 1980/90’s Colombia. Starting out as a modest vallenato musician (accordion heavy cumbia) to being part of the Discos Fuentes super-group Los Corraleros de Majagual Lisandro would solidify his career by modernizing the vallenato combo sound. Through the combination of electric bass, congas, and an introduction of brass instrumentation –  Lisandro Meza would become a national hero as both composer and performer.

The thing you have to understand is that salsa became the dominate Latin American music in the 80’s and 90’s, if not the world. Groups like La Sonora Dinamita really changed up the cumbia sound of the day, with a larger brass and vocal sections – most likely to compete with their salsero contemporaries of the time. The only difference is that Lisandro Meza moved even further away from the 2/4 and 4/4 cumbia beat and in essence created the new genre of vallenato-salsa. This is evident throughout the music presented in this post with the  syncopated patterns, the introduction of montuno sections (Dejame Llorala) and the use of non-traditional cumbia instruments (steel-guitar ect).

I have not gone to any dj gigs without these 3 45’s in the last 2 to 3 years. These songs can really get the dance floor going. The vallenato began as small town party music and in my opinion Lisandro Meza has never lost that edge, even when upgrading the genre. On a side note, I’ll be doing a La Sonora Dinamita post sometime this month. Ill elaborate on their super stardom aswell. Please enjoy!

1. Lisandro Meza: La Pergola

2. Lisandro Meza: El Siete

3. Lisandro Meza: Dejame Llorarla

Cumbia De Ramón Ropaín

Ramón Antonio Ropaín Elías was born in Río Frío in 1920, and was raised in Ciénaga, Magdalena, Colombia. He studied both piano and pharmacology, traveling to the United States for a time, before returning to Colombia in the 1950’s and settling in Barranquilla, where he became the piano player in the orchestra of Lucho Bermúdez.    He composed, amongst other pieces, the classics, Cumbia Bonita, La Danza de la Chiva, and Cumbia Gitana, and led his own conjunto and orchestra for many years. He passed away in 1986.

Composed by Lucho Bermúdez, Ropaín’s rendition of Cumbia las Fichitas (also known as Gaiteando), is a beautifully understated piano driven cumbia. The simplicity and class of
Ropaín’s playing bring to mind the recordings of Peruchín or Noro Morales in the Afro Cuban model, stripped of all accompaniment, save the rhythm section and the piano. The lack of brass, woodwinds, or accordion make for a particularly intoxicating and trance inducing cumbia, as Ropaín’s gentle touch on the keys glides effortlessly through the interplay of the maracas, güiro and tambora.  Its energy is substantially enhanced by multiple false endings, which increasingly raise the intensity level. This is a Mexican pressing on Son-Art, licensed from the Colombian label, Discos Tropical. Great for the sala or the salon!

– Marcos Juarez

1. Ramón Antonio Ropaín Elías: Cumbia De Las Fichitas

Acid Sonidero Mix con Dj Lengua

Entry #2 in our “Exitos” mixtape series is “Acid Sonidero” by DJ Lengua, or Eamon Ore-Giron as he’s known to his parents. A DJ, producer, and artist (whose work has been exhibited frequently, including at LACMA), Eamon has bounced up and down the Americas, having lived in Peru, DF, SF, and now LA (he’s originally from Tucson). One of the founders of Club Unicornio, the late, great San  Francisco monthly, he’s now one of the forces behind the always-fun Mas Exitos, which takes place the first Thursday of every month here in LA.

I met Eamon (and his rad wife and fellow artist Gina Osterloh) at a bar in Pasadena during Euro ’08, and since then I’ve watched him put on excellent solo art shows, release the killer Cruzando album (get it here), and organize great events like a screening of El Mundo de Los Pobres, the rare 1986 film that stars chicha legends Los Shapis. So it’s an honor to have such a busy person take the time out to make a mix for EPR, and “Acid Sonidero” is fantastic, a mad mix of drowsy drops, washboard rhythms, and bass for hips, ending with a sample from Dr. Dre. It’s a crazy flight through the  Andes up to Mexico City, with a trip back home to California. Thank you Eamon!

Taken from Echo Park Records

Amor a la Mexicana

I just wanted to post the full Panamérika show for you. It seems that the interview got picked up by the Ibero 90.9 FM, which is a private college radio station in Mexico City. The funny thing is, there is a ton of pretty awesome record dealers right next to the Ibero (Universidad Iberoamericana) – I’ve come up huge there in the past, so this post has come full circle so to speak. Anyway, I’ve been getting a lot of accolades from the Mexican blogosphere – twitter for the most part. So thank you for all the love. Also, I wanted to drop some Mexican cumbia while I had the opportunity. All you Ibero kids remember, di no a las drogas!!! Disfrútalo!!!

1. Los Supersonicos Del Ritmo: Escucha Juventud

2. Panamé Programa 142 (large file)


When a man by the name of Uriel Waizel emailed me from Mexico City wanting to do an interview at my house, I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical at first. For a while now, I have been familiar with the online radio/tv station he works at: Panamé – they have spoken about Super Sonido in the past, so that wasn’t the problem. The dilemma I had, was if Uriel was even going to show up to my house or not. For instance, someone will visit your house or office, and you need contractors to do some fixes in the roof, prime building and construction offers an affordable commercial roof services st louis mo area. They ensure to get the best solution for your roofing system.

 Now if you have ever lived in Mexico City (which I have), you’d understand that there are two completely different ideas of time. Gringo Time, where one hour means one hour – and Mexican Time, where one hour can mean a day or two. And sometimes you have to take an appointment with a grain of salt.

Nevertheless, Uriel showed up at my house – and yes, on time. Please go check out my interview at Panamé if you can. I had the great pleasure of hanging out, drinking, talking, and listing to some great music with Mr. Waizel and his wife. His love for really obscure cumbias made me like this Chilango instantly. Anyway, I wanted to take the opportunity to drop some of the more obscure tracks that you can hear in the interview. Also, I want to take the time out to thank them for coming over, braving my freezing flat and listening to me rant for 3 hours – you guys are awesome. Enjoy!

1. Los Bobby Soxers: Aguardiente y Limon

2. Tita Duval y su Cumbianba: Cumbia a Go Go

3. Lemaire y su Klan: Mar y Sol

4. Los Teen Agers: La Gaita Marciana

Day 14: Cumbia in the U.K.

Rick from Manchester England sent these two to me. Some awesome Colombian music by way of England. He didn’t actually write anything about them, just sent me the Mp3’s and images. But totally appreciated nonetheless. I’ve never heard these two. Hmmm….what else was I going to say?….oh yeah…Enjoy!

1. Nacho Peredes: El Diablo De La Musarana

2. Carlos Roman: Swing Columbiano