Friday, September 12, 2008

TVD's Parting Shots

Who says we're not into diverse riddims here at TVD? Matt from Matt's Art Journey begs to differ and takes us on a bit of a tour:

Crossing the Carribean

First, I’d like to thank Jon for the chance to share my music favorites with everyone. Secondly, my thoughts are with the people of Texas whose lives are being impacted by Ike…most music I had listened to up until my 30’s had been from above 25 degrees North latitude. And then I met my wife Luisa who is from Colombia and I was exposed to a whole new world of sound. As a kid, Luisa memorized American lyrics not really knowing what most of the words meant. As of last Friday, Luisa is now an American citizen. Through her, I see that music reaches across borders and speaks, touches, unites.

I call this set, Crossing the Carribean, because the music selections are from select countries starting in Brazil and ending in the US.We begin with Berimbau, a bossa nova song that I found in St. Petersburg, Florida on a 33 vinyl, after a 10 year search. The short vocals near the song’s midpoint have a definite period sound of the early 1960’s. Alicia Adorada is written by Carlos Vives, a Colombian icon who is from the northern coast of Colombia. This tune is Vallenato music, which literally means ‘born in the valley’. In the days before mail delivery service in Colombia, villages along the coast would communicate through a carrier who would travel between towns delivering the news orally. Upon arrival to the neighboring village, the carrier would call out in a melody, “vallenato” to announce his presence. Fotografia is by Colombian musical legend, Juanes, and Nelly Furtado.

We head north to Jamaica and groove on the old school, roots rock reggae sounds of Party Times, Dubbing Sandra and the more recent Inchpinchers and I Love King Selassie. Dubbing Sandra brings me to a different space with the repetitive hypnotic rhythms… they seem to be suspended in time. Island hopping forward to Cuba, we hear Candela by the legendary members of the Buena Vista Social Club. This is classic Cuban song had it’s height in the 40’s. We make landfall in southern Louisiana, in what some call the northern rim of the Carribean. Like a Pot of Neckbones is a zydeco groove straight out of Southwest Louisiana. This is what you get when you musically mix the black and Creole cultures of southwestern Louisiana….listen closely for the washboard keeping time. Rounding out the night, we side step it east down interstate I-10 to New Orleans & get down with the funky groove of Galactic with “And I’m Out”. The New Orleans music scene seems to be a musical filter or focal point for the many musical styles of the Carribean.

Baden Powell - Berimbau (Mp3)
Carlos Vives - Alicia Adorada (Mp3)
Juanes - Fotografia (Mp3)
The Heptones - Party Time (Mp3)
The Upsetters - Dubbing Sandra (Mp3)
The Wailing Souls - Inchpinchers (Mp3)
Black Uhuru - I Love King Selassie (Mp3)
Buena Vista Social Club - Candela (Mp3)
Beau Jocque - Like A Pot Of Neckbones (Mp3)
Galactic - ...And I'm Out (Mp3)


Aya Amurjuev said...

Thanks so much for this Matt! I love Juanes SO MUCH! I wish he was better known to English-speaking audiences!

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Anonymous said...

LA Vinyl Collectors:

Anonymous said...

Nice post linking the regions and musical styles. Like that washboard - so simple an object to make such an impact on the songs of that region.

Anonymous said...

Nice mix, Matt!

Anonymous said...

Excellent write up Matt! I cant wait to take a listen to the tunes tonight!