ARTIST: various artists
TITLE: The Original Sound Of Cumbia: The History Of Colombian Cumbia & Porro As Told By The Phonograph, 1948-1979
LABEL: SoundwayREVIEW: DJ/musician/producer Will Holland, aka “Quantic,” is a cumbia fanatic. With cumbia in a worldwide renaissance, he’s not the only one. But he’s such a fanatic that he moved from to Colombia five years ago to be closer to the motherlode. In addition to his own musical projects, he’s now produced a compilation of historic cumbia recordings, many of them collected from 78 RPM discs. Holland says flatly, “I’m no historian. I just like records.” But he’s selling himself short – his 55-song collection provides a great historical perspective on this malleable genre. All the key elements of cumbia are here: the accordions (try CD 2, track 1), the African drums (1-12), the Native American gaita flute (2-6) and its successor the clarinet (2-7), the rural influence (1-26) and the sophisticated urban big bands (1-3, 1-19, 2-17). Holland has done listeners a great service – two thumbs way, way up for one of the best compilations of this or any year.
TOP TRACKS: CD 1 - 3 12 19 26 CD 2 - 1 6 7 17
ALSO RECOMMENDED: CD 1 - 6 8 9 11 15 21 23 25
CD 2 - 9 10 14 22 26
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