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'Colon Colon' by Lord Cobra

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Lord Cobra: The Sounds Of Panama

Lord Cobra: The Sounds Of Panama

'Colon Colon' by Lord Cobra

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Being a hotbed of international travel, of course Panama's music is as diverse as its population. Throughout the '60s and '70s, it wasn't uncommon to hear intricate mixtures of calypso, jazz and cumbia throughout the isthmus.

Thursday's Pick

  • Song: "Colón Colón"
  • Artist: Lord Cobra
  • CD: Panama! 3: Calypso Panameño, Guajira Jazz & Cumbia Tipica on the Isthmus 1960-75
  • Genre: Calypso

In "Colón Colón," from 1971's Tamayo, Panamanian singer Lord Cobra takes a dark approach to calypso. courtesy of Soundway Records hide caption

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In "Colón Colón," from 1971's Tamayo, Panamanian singer Lord Cobra takes a dark approach to calypso.

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It would have been easy for the music of this time and place to become lost, but a new compilation from Soundway Records, Panama! 3, gives these tracks some long-awaited international exposure. Panama! 3 unearths numerous gems and rarities, but the entire release is dedicated to one man: Lord Cobra.

Cobra, who died in 2000, was a Panamanian bartender-turned-singer, and his work has appeared on the past two compilations in the Panama! series. In "Colón Colón," from 1971's Tamayo, we find Cobra taking a dark approach to calypso, complete with minor guitars and mournful backup singers. But his words expose the song as a proud display of territorial egoism. Cobra doesn't hesitate to sing the praises of his hometown, proclaiming, "If you really want to have some fun, just come to Colón." It took nearly 40 years for the message to arrive, but better late than never.

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Panama! 3 - Calypso Panameño, Guajira Jazz, And Cumbia Tipica On The Isthmus 1960-1975
Artist
Various Artists
Label
Soundway
Released
2009

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