This Week On Alt.Latino: Candombe Rock, Illya Kuryaki Gets Back Together And More

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez wrote that "human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but rather, life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves."

What I love about this week's show is that it's full of stories of cultural and musical rebirth. We start off with a joyous candombe rock from Uruguayan artist Martin Buscaglia, and talk about origins of candombe rock — a perfect example of a genre that has reincarnated through the centuries. Candombe is a style of music and dance was carried to the Americas by African slaves, and reborn into a different style. Centuries later, musicians from South America, like Buscaglia and Los Fabulosos Cadillacs took candombe and fused it with rock music.

Later in the show we listen to Aerea Negrot, a Venezuelan artist whose own rebirth created a transgendered singer with an eccentric style. Her fusion of electronica and opera is quirky and fascinating.

This week we're also bringing back the classic song of the week, and we feature Illya Kuriaki And The Valderramas, a rap/funk duo from Argentina which formed in the 1990s, and in our opinion was a little ahead of their time. Much to our delight, a few weeks ago they announced they are getting back together.

Speaking of which, we're thrilled to finish this week's show with something off of Brazilian icon Daniela Mercury's new album Canibalia. The album is absolutely gorgeous and a testament to how a longstanding artist can effectively create an album that is completely new but with deep roots.

This Week On Alt.Latino: New Music From Venezuela, Brazil, Uruguay and Beyond.

Arabxilla

Arabxilla

  • Artist: Aerea Negrot
  • Album: Arabxilla

Coming at you from: Venezuela

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  • Label: BPitch Control
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Poppin Wheelies

  • Artist: Gun Selectah (Mexicans With Guns and Toy Selectah)
  • Album: Gun Selectah

Coming at you from: Mexico & US

 
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Moombah Diablo

  • Artist: John Kwest
  • Album: Track artwork Download artwork Moombah Diablo (Main) - Moombahjazz Vol 1

Coming at you from: US

 
Coming At You From: Uruguay

El Candombe de Marte

  • Artist: Martin Buscaglia
  • Album: Llevenle

Coming At You From: Uruguay

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Coming At You From: Argentina

Olas

  • Artist: Señor Flavio
  • Album: Nueva Ola

Coming At You From: Argentina

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  • Album: Nueva Ola
  • Artist: Señor Flavio
  • Label: Nacional Records
  • Released: 2011
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Coming At You From: Chile

Ciervo

  • Artist: Astro
  • Album: Astro

Coming At You From: Chile

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Coming At you from:  Argentina

Abarajame

  • Artist: Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas
  • Album: Chaco

Coming At you from: Argentina (warning, bad language and sexy images)

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  • Album: Chaco
  • Artist: Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas
  • Label: Polygram
  • Released: 1996
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Coming at you from:  Brazil

Sol Do Sul

  • Artist: Daniela Mercury
  • Album: Canibalia

Coming at you from: Brazil

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  • Album: Canibalia
  • Artist: Daniela Mercury
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Esta Semana En Alt.Latino: Nuevas Canciones De Venezuela, Uruguay

Gabriel Garcia Marquez una vez dijo que "Los seres humanos no nacen para siempre el día en que sus madres los alumbran, sino que la vida los obliga a parirse a sí mismos una y otra vez."

Lo que me encanta del show de esta semana es que esta repleto de historias de renacimiento cultural y musical. Comenzamos el show con un emotivo candombe-rock del uruguayo Martin Buscaglia, y charlamos sobre los orígenes del candombe rock- un ejemplo perfecto de como un género musical ha logrado varias reencarnaciones a lo largo de los siglos. El candombe es un estilo de baile y música que origina con los esclavos africanos que eran traídos a América. Una vez aca, evolucionó, y siglos después, músicos sudamericanos como Buscaglia o Los Fabulosos Cadillacs fusionaron el candombe con el rock.


Mas tarde en el show escuchamos a Aerea Negrot, una artista venezolana cuyo renacimiento creó una cantante transgénero con un estilo excéntrico. Su fusión de música electrónica y opera es extraña y a la vez hermosa.

Esta semana también volvemos a nuestra tradición de escuchar una canción clásica, en este caso la agrupación argentina de funk/rap Illya Kuriaki And The Valderramas. El dúo se formó en los años 90s y en nuestra opinión, estaban adelantados a su época. Por suerte hace unas semanas anunciaron que volverán a tocar juntos.

Lo cual me lleva a nuestra última canción del programa, algo de Canibalia, el nuevo álbum de Daniela Mercury. Es un disco bello, y una muestra de como un artista con carrera puede efectivamente crear un álbum completamente innovador, pero con raíces.

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