Start with a base layer of heavy NYC salsa dura. Mix in an equal amount of modern Cuban big band music: songo and timba. Leaven with Colombia's Afro-Pacific sounds, add some Bronx hip-hop and Kingston dancehall, and the result is La Mambanegra from Cali, Colombia and a style they call "break salsa."
La Mambanegra is one of the most powerful dance bands in the world right now. No one else sounds like them, and La Mambanegra sound like nothing but themselves on every single one of their songs. Yet somehow this great combo is criminally underrecognized. Global A Go-Go will do its part this week to change that situation, spinning four La Mambanegra tracks including two from their new album.
Also this week (Sunday September 26, 1:00-3:00 PM on WRIR, for two weeks afterwards on the wrir.org archive player, check your local listings for airing on other radio stations, and any old time at my podcast site): more of Zimbabwe's mbira and the Sahara's desert blues, the sound of digital dancehall circa 1992, new music from Cyprus by Monsieur Doumani and the latest from Afro-Peruvian icon Susana Baca.