Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Monday, October 1, 2012
Sometimes nothing in the world is better to my ears than John Fahey's fingers on guitar strings.
Take a long, funky ride on a railroad trail with Bill WIthers, one of the best ever voices in soul music.
One of the best Cumbia tracks ever if you ask me. One of the most compelling songs on Black Man's Cry is the cover of Fela's 1972 "Shakara," recorded by Colombia's Cumbia Moderna de Soledad and re-titled "Shacalao." With its sparse but powerful percussive push and chanting chorus, "Shacalao" strips Fela's more groove-laden "Shakara" down to rhythmic studs, pushing it forward with the two-step beat that lies at the heart of cumbia (Colombia's most popular Latin music export). Yet, while Cumbia Moderna remakes Fela, it also gestures to the deep tradition that bonds eastern Colombia with western Africa.