DANZ ON 14: El Palmas

By 19 February, 2021

El Palmas – real name Maurice Aymard – is a Venezuelan DJ and selector, residing in Barcelona with a big task on his hands – in his own words, “the awakening of ancient gods of the tropics.” His “transcendental quest” has seen him spin steel wheels for over 19 years, endeavouring to recreate shamanic experiences in sound. He does this by establishing telluric connections through tropical trips that interlace world-spanning styles and genres: reggae, Arabic funk, dub, disco, bossa nova and African Heritage music. Live, El Palmas, with a penchant for analogue production, spins vinyl and digital rips from his own mammoth collection amassed world-over. Besides DJing, Aymard runs a label of the same name with a colourful roster of celebrated artists such as Daniel Grau, Acid Coco and Contento.

“If we could be together again on a dancefloor we could be dancing this all night long, from Cabo Verde to Venezuela , from Colombia to Egypt all together in one place.”


Madera – Ritual
Mino Di Mama – Quirino D Canto
Star Feminine Band – Rew Be Me
Alex Figueira – Platanito
Un Dos Tres Y Fuera – Aquella Noche
Anselmo Lopez – Sies Pajueliao – El Palmas Music Promo
Acid Coco – La Chancla – El Palmas Music
Contento – Dale Melón – El Palmas Music
The Meridian Brothers – Puya Del Empresario
Manu Dibango – Soul Fiesta
Jose Luis Rodriguez – Pavo real
Amor – Mañana
F Farian + Reyam – Rasputin
Al Massrieen – Sah
Caliente Orchestra – Caliente

This mixtape series takes its name from ‘Danzon (Dance On)’ – an album by celebrated Cuban trumpeter, Arturo Sandoval. The album’s title plays on the name of Cuba’s national dance: the danzón, introducing its English homonym and punning on the fact that native Latin American music types are loved on dance floors worldwide. For this mix series, expert dance floor-fillers from Latin America and beyond will be serving Latinx killers so that we can dance on worldwide.

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