October 17, 2013
Abelardo Carbono | El Maravilloso Mundo De Abelardo Carbono
TITLE: El Maravilloso Mundo De Abelardo Carbono: Psychedelia, Afroroots & Champeta In 1980s Barranquilla
There’s a massive re-examination of Colombian music now underway, spurred by the work of crate-diggers who are unearthing a trove of fabulous recordings to which the rest of the world had, until recently, paid scant attention. Add Abelardo Carbono to that list. He’s a former policeman from Barranquilla who in the 1980s helped develop the genre we now call champeta – Afro-Colombian rhythms fused with sounds from the crates of records that entered Colombia’s largest Caribbean port and became hits with the country’s picos (mobile sound systems): Nigerian Afrobeat, Congolese soukous, Cuban mambo, Ivoirean ziglibithi, Haitian compas, American funk and psych-rock, pretty much anything groovy under the sun. Carbono is a syncretic master: check out tracks 1, 3 and 8 to hear his stew with all ingredients included. His Latinized takes on Afrobeat are brilliant: try 2 and 5. Add electronic beats and champeta becomes terapia: 11 and 17 are excellent examples. Another great find from the bottomless well of Colombian music.
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