Tune in Mudd Up! with DJ Rupture on WFMU 91.1fm tonight at 7PM, as Roberto Ernesto Gyemant aka DJ Beto, the man responsible for putting together those wonderful volumes of 1960s and ’70s “cumbia tropical & calypso funk” from Panama, joins me to talk and share some incredible music. He had a curatorial hand in Soundway Records Panama compilations and the Colombia! Golden Age of Discos Fuentes as well. Deep compilations with informative liner notes, the real deal…

Of course, for those outside our FM broadcast range, WFMU offers live streaming and even has its own free iPhone app!

We (Lamin & I) have been fascinated with the music of Panama ever since our visit from Wayne Marshall and Raquel Z Rivera, editors of the Reggaeton book, broke down Panama’s relationship to Jamaica with some deadly tunes and erudite commentary. (Missed it? It’s streaming here. Subscribe to the Mudd Up! podcast if you want downloadable versions of my weekly show: , Mudd Up! RSS.

Listen, get involved, throw in comments, phone in questions. Again, tonight @ 7PM.


For a warmup, check Beto’s mix of hard-to-find musica costeña Colombiana and tipica Panameña, streaming here.

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And if that’s not enough, here’s great CD rip of old school cumbias – although you might not guess it from the cover art featuring two cyber chicks (one in cowhide) and a tiny monkey sporting a baseball cap Memin Pinguin [breakdown on this Mexican-concocted Sambo here]. [via]

Scratchy gems include a Vietnam-themed war/love song with a call-and-response chorus.

Descarga Sonidera

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5 thoughts on “BETO VIENE HOY!”

  1. Just because I happen to know this, the cover of Descarga Sonidera features two characters from the Rumble Roses video games series, about a bunch of chicks who wrestle each other. The game is suggestive but not perverse.
    And I’m pretty sure the image is used without permission 😉

  2. “Suggestive but not perverse” nice! thanks for the info, the plot thickens… And the monkey??

  3. Hey! Thanks for linking and the info!
    Well, I’m pretty sure the MP3s on the CD are used the same way… 😉 Cheers

  4. thanks Rebecca- i uploaded this post w/ the info! fascinating stuff. FWIW, Bimbo is responsible for the ‘Conguitos’ packaging in Spain….

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