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Various Artists // Piconema: East African Hits On The Colombian Coast 2xLP

Various Artists // Piconema: East African Hits On The Colombian Coast 2xLP

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A 2-disc compilation record related to the sound system "Pico" popular on the Colombian coast.

Below is a commentary by the label.

"This compilation takes us on a journey to the coast of Colombia, where the passion for African music burns. You can't understand this love unless you first look to San Basilio de Palenque. San Basilio de Palenque was the first free city in colonial Latin America, founded in 1691 as a refuge and place of self-government for black slaves, just 50 kilometers from Cartagena de Indias. It is a place where pride in African traditions and culture is preserved.

The Afro-Caribbean's connection to their roots has given rise to the artisanal, high-powered sound system found in Jamaica, the pico.These music lovers have a keen ear for African melodies and have created a vibrant collector's scene that brings the Afro sound to the streets of Barranquilla, Cartagena and Santa Marta.This compilation showcases the best of Benga music in Kenya, a unique style with a unique guitar picking method using traditional instruments such as Nyatiti and Oltu.From carefully guarded "exclusives" to piconemas that change song names in Spanish based on lyrics and dancefloor reaction, you'll learn all about the history and stories behind these African tracks.

The project was led by Spanish record collector Joan Pujol, AKA Golfo De Guinea, with help from Barranquilla-born musicologist Don Alirio, who provided a coastal perspective, and song selection and securing the rights. A team of passionate music lovers, including Kenyan DJ, collector and Benga advocate George Ouma.The result is a compilation that captures the joy and energy of sub-Saharan polyrhythms.Sit back, turn up the volume, and let yourself be transported to the lively streets of the Colombian coast and the shores of Lake Victoria. "

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2x12" black vinyl. 

Tracklist:

  1. Maroon Commandos - Bi Sophia N°1 (El Sofia) 09:23
  2. Issa Juma & Waanyika - Ateka (El Corín Tellado) 09:32
  3. Orchester Shika-Shika - Diabanza (La Gallina Java) 08:27
  4. Viva Makale - Safari (La Mecedora) 08:39
  5. Les Mangelepa - Trouble (El Trouble) 04:59
  6. Nairobi Matata Jazz - Dada Mwajuma (La Pistola) 09:13
  7. Les Volcano - Hakuna Dawa Ya Mapenzi (La Guitarra Sónica) 09:47
  8. Lawi Somona - Safi (El Mapache) 09:27
  9. Les Kilimambogo - Wak

Rocafort Records:

"This compilation takes us on a journey to the Colombian coast where the passion for African music burns bright. It's impossible to understand this love affair without first looking to San Basilio de Palenque - the first free town in colonial Latin America, established in 1691 as a place of refuge and autonomy for black slaves. It's a place where pride in African heritage and culture could be kept alive, just 50 km away from Cartagena de Indias.

The Afro Caribbeans' connection to their roots gave rise to the “picós” - artisanal, high-powered sound systems akin to those found in Jamaica. These music aficionados have a keen ear for African melodies, leading to a vibrant collector's scene that brought Afro sounds to the streets of Barranquilla, Cartagena, and Santa Marta. This compilation showcases the best of Kenyan Benga music - a unique style with a distinct guitar-picking method that draws from traditional instruments like the nyatiti and orutu. Learn everything about the history and stories behind these African tracks, from the carefully guarded "exclusives" to the piconema - the practice of renaming songs in Spanish based on their lyrics or the reaction of the dancefloor.

The project has been led by Spanish vinyl collector Joan Pujol aka Golfo De Guinea surrounded by a team of passionate music lovers including Don Alirio, a musicologist from Barranquilla who offered a coastal perspective, and George Ouma, a Kenyan DJ, collector, and Benga advocate who helped with track selection and securing rights. The result is a compilation that captures the joy and energy of sub-Saharan polyrhythm, bringing together a vibrant mix of genres that are sure to move your feet. So sit back, turn up the volume, and let yourself be transported to the vibrant streets of the Colombian coast and the shores of Lake Victoria. " 

Artists : Various

Label : Rocafort Records

A 2-disc compilation record related to the sound system "Pico" popular on the Colombian coast.

Below is a commentary by the label.

"This compilation takes us on a journey to the coast of Colombia, where the passion for African music burns. You can't understand this love unless you first look to San Basilio de Palenque. San Basilio de Palenque was the first free city in colonial Latin America, founded in 1691 as a refuge and place of self-government for black slaves, just 50 kilometers from Cartagena de Indias. It is a place where pride in African traditions and culture is preserved.

The Afro-Caribbean's connection to their roots has given rise to the artisanal, high-powered sound system found in Jamaica, the pico.These music lovers have a keen ear for African melodies and have created a vibrant collector's scene that brings the Afro sound to the streets of Barranquilla, Cartagena and Santa Marta.This compilation showcases the best of Benga music in Kenya, a unique style with a unique guitar picking method using traditional instruments such as Nyatiti and Oltu.From carefully guarded "exclusives" to piconemas that change song names in Spanish based on lyrics and dancefloor reaction, you'll learn all about the history and stories behind these African tracks.

The project was led by Spanish record collector Joan Pujol, AKA Golfo De Guinea, with help from Barranquilla-born musicologist Don Alirio, who provided a coastal perspective, and song selection and securing the rights. A team of passionate music lovers, including Kenyan DJ, collector and Benga advocate George Ouma.The result is a compilation that captures the joy and energy of sub-Saharan polyrhythms.Sit back, turn up the volume, and let yourself be transported to the lively streets of the Colombian coast and the shores of Lake Victoria. "

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2x12" black vinyl. 

Tracklist:

  1. Maroon Commandos - Bi Sophia N°1 (El Sofia) 09:23
  2. Issa Juma & Waanyika - Ateka (El Corín Tellado) 09:32
  3. Orchester Shika-Shika - Diabanza (La Gallina Java) 08:27
  4. Viva Makale - Safari (La Mecedora) 08:39
  5. Les Mangelepa - Trouble (El Trouble) 04:59
  6. Nairobi Matata Jazz - Dada Mwajuma (La Pistola) 09:13
  7. Les Volcano - Hakuna Dawa Ya Mapenzi (La Guitarra Sónica) 09:47
  8. Lawi Somona - Safi (El Mapache) 09:27
  9. Les Kilimambogo - Wak

Rocafort Records:

"This compilation takes us on a journey to the Colombian coast where the passion for African music burns bright. It's impossible to understand this love affair without first looking to San Basilio de Palenque - the first free town in colonial Latin America, established in 1691 as a place of refuge and autonomy for black slaves. It's a place where pride in African heritage and culture could be kept alive, just 50 km away from Cartagena de Indias.

The Afro Caribbeans' connection to their roots gave rise to the “picós” - artisanal, high-powered sound systems akin to those found in Jamaica. These music aficionados have a keen ear for African melodies, leading to a vibrant collector's scene that brought Afro sounds to the streets of Barranquilla, Cartagena, and Santa Marta. This compilation showcases the best of Kenyan Benga music - a unique style with a distinct guitar-picking method that draws from traditional instruments like the nyatiti and orutu. Learn everything about the history and stories behind these African tracks, from the carefully guarded "exclusives" to the piconema - the practice of renaming songs in Spanish based on their lyrics or the reaction of the dancefloor.

The project has been led by Spanish vinyl collector Joan Pujol aka Golfo De Guinea surrounded by a team of passionate music lovers including Don Alirio, a musicologist from Barranquilla who offered a coastal perspective, and George Ouma, a Kenyan DJ, collector, and Benga advocate who helped with track selection and securing rights. The result is a compilation that captures the joy and energy of sub-Saharan polyrhythm, bringing together a vibrant mix of genres that are sure to move your feet. So sit back, turn up the volume, and let yourself be transported to the vibrant streets of the Colombian coast and the shores of Lake Victoria. " 

Artists : Various

Label : Rocafort Records