Con Alma 12: Tim Garcia

By | 16 November, 2020

Since its inception in 2016, Tim Garcia’s Música Macondo has blossomed into one of the UK’s go-to platforms for globe-spanning music. Starting with mixes, premières and radio shows, Música Macondo has grown to hosting events with internationally revered musicians like Bixiga 70, Havana Cultura, Seun Kuti and Bahamadia, and the UK’s jazz vanguard (Shabaka Hutchings, Dego + Kaidi, Tenderlonious).

A year after its foundation, Música Macondo found a home on national radio, becoming a Friday-night staple at Jazz FM. And, by this point, Garcia had become one of London’s most loved DJs, playing alongside the likes of Louie Vega, Awesome Tapes From Africa, Tony Allen, Henry Wu, Mr Bongo and more.

Moving from strength to strength, in 2019, the inexhaustible DJ started the Música Macondo record label, releasing For The Ones… by Grammy Nominated trumpeter Yelfris Valdes to much acclaim. Its follow-ups are in the works: a 2021 remix LP and a Brazilian project with Sao Paulo’s DJ Tahira. Meanwhile, Garcia’s radio-work is ever-growing – at the end of the month he is taking on a new monthly residency on Palestininan community radio station Radio Alhara, with an hours show focussing solely on electronic music. We’re so pleased he found time in his busy schedule to sit in for this morning’s Con Alma Mixtape.

“I tried to cover a broad range of sounds from all across the Latin American Diaspora. The majority of the music is contemporary though there’s a nod to a few older sounds. Music ranges from ethereal ambient, folkloric, electronica through to Cumbia, Son Palenquera, Jazz and Latin Soul. There is music from London to Mexico City via Brasil, Ecuador, Colombia, Cuba and Venezuela. I hope you enjoy it.”

Tracklisting

Carlos Niño & Iasos – Going Home
Yelfris Valdés – Supernova
El Búho, Ian Urbina – La Orilla del Risco
Nicola Cruz – Puente Roto
Carlos Puebla, Santiago Martinez & Pedro Sosa – Sun Sun Damba E
Kiko Dinucci – Olodé
Conjunto Papa Upa – Pa’ Choroni
La Jungla – Cumbia Del Desierto
Nkumba System – Paisano
Batata y su Rumba Palenquera – Macaco Mata el Toro feat. Rigo Star & 3615 Code Niawu
Acid Coco – Yo Bailo Sola
Contento – paso palante
Juancho Vargas con Ondatrópica – Noche de Amor
Raúl Monsalve y Los Forajidos – Los tres venenos ft. Rafa Pino
Barrio Joyride – Cool It 

The Con Alma series is a mug of hot coffee served on Monday mornings, to start your week off right. An hour of musical soul food that’s good for the body. Although the series’ name is taken from Dizzy Gillespie’s Latin standard, don’t expect an hour of frenetic bebop – this is gentle introspection, warm sunrises, shower sing-a-longs… and always with plenty of soul.


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