Voices from the past in Ecuador and Venezuela : Alt.Latino Two new compilations capture moments long lost to time using archival recordings from the 1960s and 70s.

Voices from the past in Ecuador and Venezuela

Voices from the past in Ecuador and Venezuela

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The Paths of Pain, The Caife Label, Quito 1960-68 and Cantoras: Rural Folk Singers of Venezuela 1972-1983 Honest Jon's Records/Odelia Records hide caption

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The Paths of Pain, The Caife Label, Quito 1960-68 and Cantoras: Rural Folk Singers of Venezuela 1972-1983

Honest Jon's Records/Odelia Records

In preparing for this week's podcast I was transported back in time. I spent many hours listening to the tracks on two new compilation albums that capture very different histories from two Latin American countries.

In 2016 I interviewed Daniel Lofredo Rota about a collection of tapes he found in his grandfather's office. They ended up being the lost tape catalog of the small independent record label he ran in Quito, Ecuador called Discos Caife. This year, Lofredo Rota released The Paths Of Pain, The Caife Label, Quito 1960-68, a collection of some of those newly digitized tapes. I encourage you to listen to that 2016 episode to appreciate the significance of the follow up this week.

A few weeks ago I was invited to be part of a seminar about the second compilation featured in this episode Cantoras: Rural Folk Singers of Venezuela 1972-1983, a collection of archival recordings of Venezuelan folk artists made by archivist Oswaldo Lares. His partner on the project, vocalist Betsayda Machado, also performed for a Tiny Desk Concert in 2018. Together, they listened to thousands of recordings he made of little known Venezuelan folk artists and came up with a batch of songs for their first compilation.

You will be able to stream both albums on various streaming services but there is so much important history on these releases. I would encourage you to visit both labels websites and read the historical facts listed in the booklets for each album.

You can purchase Cantoras: Rural Folk Singers of Venezuela 1972-1983 here and The Paths Of Pain, The Caife Label, Quito 1960-68 here.

Happy listening!

Correction Nov. 21, 2021

An earlier version of this post incorrectly published Daniel Lofredo Rota's name as Daniel Lofredo.