it goes down today, Wednesday Sept. 16 – I’ll be spinning an all-cumbia set at the Treehouse party. Free! It’s a gentle evening for the 9-5 set; I start around 10:30pm, so show up early… It goes down at Littlefield in Gowanus, alongside Treeboy, Gamall, and Raspberry Jones.
When I say all-cumbia, I mean it! Material you can find in many many places, such as Mexican shops in Brooklyn, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, etc., or via online stateside shops from Discos El Papi & Barba Azul. The point is, cumbia is close. So this set will contain no crunk cumbia, no ‘cumbia digital’, no bloggy remixes.
Expect current Mexican cumbia sonidera, with an emphasis on tracks that shout out Nueva York, like…[audio:https://negrophonic.com/mp3/Formula_5-LaCumbiaMaestra.mp3]
Formula 5 – La Cumbia Maestra (a re-post but hey)
…alongside more classic material from the 60s 70s & 80s, like:[audio:https://negrophonic.com/mp3/Andres Landero-Canto a Cartagena (Betty Ochoa de Anillo).mp3]
Andres Landero – Canto a Cartagena (written by Betty Ochoa de Anillo)
And be prepared for potentially cheesy sad love songs, like:[audio:https://negrophonic.com/mp3/Los_Star_Boys-La_Culpa.mp3]
Los Star Boys – La Culpa (“we had problems, the blame goes to both of us”)
…and, darker still, songs about death:[audio:https://negrophonic.com/mp3/LUCY GONZALES Y SU COMBO ORENCE – LA LEY PODEROSA.MP3]
Great lyrics on this one, “The Powerful Law”. I have cumbia songs about Satan, but I don’t play those in public. On a tangentially related note, Spanish uses the same word for eschatology and scatology!
In closing – come through, come early, and enjoy this last one, an instrumental about the Lone Ranger’s scraper (in which we hear the sounds of his horse), from a DJ presumably named after Keanu Reeves’ character in The Matrix:[audio:https://negrophonic.com/mp3/D.J. Neo-Guacharaca del Llanero Solitario.mp3]