PREMIÈRE: Mȁ̲̠̻ͥ̾ra͔̥̩̾͊̑cuyá͊’s Gentle Cuckoo Coo Is Latest Instalment of ‘Guide to the Birdsong of Mexico, Central America & the Caribbean’04 June, 2020
Following on from The Garifuna Collective’s spirited, percussive take on “Black Catbird” this is the second track to emerge from A Guide to the Birdsong of Mexico, Central America & the Caribbean, a new compilation giving all of its profits to organisations protecting endangered birds, and which takes the song of those same birds as its inspiration.
Dominican Republic producer and label boss Mȁ̲̠̻ͥ̾ra͔̥̩̾͊̑cuyá͊ has stepped up to the plate for this one with her disarmingly-chilled track “Cuco Picogordo de la Española”, using the titular Caribbean cuckoo as its muse. Elegant beats and rhythms are caressed by the illusory vocals of Ximena Obregón in a soulful profoundly-felt groove.
Other artists to feature on the album include Cuba’s Dj Jigüe, Nicaraguan producer Tamara Montenegro, Time Cow of Jamaican dancehall duo Equiknoxx, Costa Rican producer NILLO, Guatemalan musicians Di Laif and Alex Hentze, and fellow Mexicans Siete Catorce and Jiony.
A Guide to the Birdsong of Mexico, Central America & the Caribbean is the second in a series of Guide to Birdsong releases from producer El Búho which began with A Guide to Birdsong of South America in 2015, an album which raised upwards of $15k for endangered birds in South America. To find out more about this latest instalment we recommend watching this short explainer:
A Guide to the Birdsong of Mexico, Central America & the Caribbean is released June 26th by Shika Shika and is available on vinyl/digital from Bandcamp and other platforms.
Listen to Mȁ̲̠̻ͥ̾ra͔̥̩̾͊̑cuyá͊ feat. Ximena Obregón perform “Cuco Picogordo de la Española” below:
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