July 7, 2012 - Posted by El Guero Unico
I see that Celso Pina was at the Fusion Festival last weekend. I bet he was wondering about why all the crazy white people were digging him so much. This brings up a good point. White people are notorious for finding inspiration in other race’s and culture’s music, well white people and the Japanese. A lot of people get up in arms about this nature. I’m going to write the first non-white supremacist blog defending white people (oh and the Japanese). I’ll point out one historical white person moment in history as an over-all example. British beat rock. In the late 50’s man did the British grab onto the black American south’s music or what? They had strong inspiration from blues, skiffle, soul and jazz and from that formed the basic rock band set up. From Led Zeppelin to The Beatles to The Rolling Stones to even David Bowie this adoption of race and culture changed the face of music. All who know what really went on in history know very well that Little Richard is the true King of Rock and Roll, not Elvis (though no disrespect to Elvis). Little Richard took his cultural roots all around the world and influenced almost everyone in his path. This is how innovation comes about. And who’s to say it’s a bad thing?
I’m a prime example; El Guero Unico doesn’t even translate well. But the name is a point I’m making to show my influence from other cultures. I’ve pointed out that cumbia though with true roots in Africa (almost all music is rooted there anyway) originated in Colombia but as the world more recently than ever took the cumbia influence on innovating new sounds and styles. Doing this it keeps the genre moving forward and giving it a long life. No one owns music anyway. Earlier today an old memory surfaced in my mind. I remember back in high school there was a strong mix of Mexicano culture and U.S. culture. Not only in high school but where I grew up in this part of the world we’re practically mixed along the lines of 50/50 in my border state. In my American literature class my teacher was quite lax towards the end of the period and there was this Mexicano dude named Estabon. He would always bring his guitar to school. He built his guitar on his own, he didn’t buy it, no he built it old school skiffle style. During his lunch period he would meet up with his other friends and play mariachi and rock en Espanol. Because of him I would bring my acoustic that I saved money like crazy for, as I’m not good enough of a luthier to build a guitar. Estabon and I would jam during class. We would play mostly rock music, American and British rock, which is what I knew. All I knew about Mexicano music was mostly mariachi and banda because that was what was popular around here in the north of Mexico. But it was cool. I didn’t care about cultural differences or anything I just wanted to play music. Over time I started learning more about Mexicano music and moved my influences further south but the point is music is music. No one owns it and it’s an exciting part of the human experience to learn and to find oneself influenced by other cultures.
That being said let’s rock!
Woohoo The Peronists are back after a little break from the interwebernet. The Peronists are/is one of my favorites in the nu cumbia scene. This is from his vault but new to our ears.
Cumbia remixer extraordinaire Albert DJ is back with Elefantes En Los Angeles. It’s another epic cumbia of the Albert DJ style.
Papi Perez came out with a mix featuring some of his colleagues. He keeps a cool vibe flowing with cumbia and reggae.
More Peruvian greatness from Olaya Sound System was shared this week through the cloud from their home in Lima. With a beautiful chicha sound these guys are one of my favorite live bands. I’m glad they keep the traditions alive while exploring other styles such as reggae.
A couple of days ago I posted about the entire release of Nahuatl sound System’s new EP here on Generation Bass. This excellent EP contains several cumbia elements along with dub. This is the intro song on their new EP Ueliti Yaotl.
3Ball is a becoming massive (mainstream) down here and especially in the north of Mexico. It’s all over my television to be honest, ever since the popularity of Monterrey’s Erick Rincon actually. I do like it a lot and probably should start posting about it more to bring more people to Generation Bass. Here is a simple but cool example of how well cumbia and 3Ball flow together.
Snow Balderas tears up Juana La Cubana with his dope edit Juana La Soberbia. He successfully revives the energy of a played out tune.
Speaking of High School years I was a huge Spaghetti Western junkie. I watched all of Sergio Leones westerns over and over. Ennio Morricone to this day is still one of the greatest composers. Steve Tellco made a crazy cumbia cover of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly theme. He affectionately titled it The Good, The Bad and The Wobbly. It’s only been a little over a year since I last saw this epic film to be honest. My favorite theme was actually For a Few Dollars More then in a close second the theme from A Fistull of Dollars.
Yelram Selectah takes on an edit of Adanowsky’s lovely tribute to Caifanes with Como Tu. This is super excellent!
Let’s hear it for Jack Posada with his nice tribute to Pacho Galan remixing the tune Cumbia Bonita. It hits really hard and is full of cool surprises.
This is a dope remix by Critical Hifi of Canto Negro. It’s very chill and filled with digital goodness.
The dark side of nu cumbia can be found within the dark shadows of La MiniTK Del Miedo’s soundcloud page. I wrote more about them posting all their tracks here on NCE. Here though are the two newest tracks from the crypts of Colombia.
Two albums strongly worth mentioning here come from Capitol K and the other from World Hood.
First up is Capitol K. I was awaiting this album for a long time. Capitol K took his time with it and it shows in the end. Andean Dub is the name. You can buy the tracks from his bandcamp, iTunes and you can listen to them here.
But first here are a couple of cool promo videos worth watching.
Next up is World Hood. The Sacramento duo is growing in popularity as their music reaches out to a worldwide audience. They released a free EP called Mundo Libre as a tribute to the global awakening of our various tyrannical governments and economic systems. As an anarchist I find it to be a perfect fit for my post here. A free world is a world free of government, which is a necessary step to take for our evolution and future existence.
Enough with my preaching, sometimes I even annoy myself.
Here is the new EP so please download it free and share it around.
Okay mis cumbieros it’s back to a busy weekend of work for me. There are lot of great things on their way so keep an eye and an ear out!