CON ALMA 09: Mahon Sounds

By 27 October, 2020

Our own contributor Patrick McMahon sits in for this week’s Con Alma. Besides writing, McMahon is an accomplished guitarist, DJ and producer, adopting the alias Mahon Sounds – a name under which he traverses a prismatic array of music, settling between left-field electronics and Latin rhythms. His own releases dialogue with strands of jazz, hip hop, house, broken beat and cumbia. But, here, McMahon sinks into the sweetest Latin American soul-food for your delectation.

“This mix is a reflection of the kind of music I’ve been listening to more of during lockdown – less of the club tunes and gritty sounds, and instead way more tranquil stuff. From the genius composition for 4 marimbas by Mexican composer Héctor Infanzón to the beautiful gaita playing of Los Gaiteros de Ovejas, everything in this mix is nourishing food for the soul. I hope these pieces are as soothing for others during these weird times as they are for me – if you like any of them I encourage you to support these artists and buy a copy!”


Héctor Infanzón – El Devenir de la Noche
Fabiano do Nascimento –  Canto de Xangô
Sessa – Grandeza
Y La Bamba – Ojos del Sol
Kiko Dinucci – Olodé
Tainá – Cajueiro
Luedji Luna – Banho de Folhas
O Terno – Bielzinho
Cheo – Todo el Díá en La Cama
Sidestepper – On the Line
Jorge Ben Jor – Vem Morena Vem
Caetano Veloso – Olha O Menino (Remixed Original)
Azymuth, Ali Shaheed Muhamed and Adrian Younge – Pulando Corda
Carwyn Ellis & Rio 18 – Undiú
Orlando “Cachaito” López – Tumbanga (feat. Angá Díaz, Amadito Váldes, Carlos González & Manuel Galbán)
La Perla – Corte de Tambores
Los Gaiteros de Ovejas – Rosa 

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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