If you’re a new, intermediate, or hardcore fan of Colombian music, you’ll enjoy Diablos del Ritmo: The Colombian Melting Pot 1960-1985 by the Frankfurt-based Analog Africa record label. The double CD is an anthology of – and tribute to... Read Article
They say that the family that plays together, stays together. All right, maybe no one ever really said that. But the family-like crew that makes up M.A.K.U. Soundsystem makes the saying seem gospel to me. The Queens, N.Y.-based collective,... Read Article
Today is El Día Nacional de la Afrocolombianidad in Colombia, which essentially means National Afro-Colombian Day (May 21st was chosen as it’s also the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development). To celebrate Afro-Colombian culture we’ve... Read Article
We like this mixtape a lot! This one is coming from The Big Space, a radio show airing on Louisiana’s Baton Rouge Community Radio. This mix is all about inter-relations, with music from Latin America, Africa and the... Read Article
As any student of Columbian music will tell you, in the 1970 and 80s, the hot sound systems of Barranquilla and Cartegena were not into disco but were looking to their African roots and mixing it up with... Read Article
Fabian Altahona is the man behind Africolombia, a blog celebrating Afro-Colombian music. Regularly updated, it’s one of the best sources on the web for linking African and Colombian music. There is constantly new music to explore thanks to... Read Article
Spotlight on Palenque Records (or how Lucas Silva’s Champeta love affair is getting back to Colombia’s African roots)
Right now’s an exciting time for Lucas Silva and his label Palenque Records. Palenque Palenque! (Champeta Criolla & Afro Roots in Colombia, 1975-91) was released in May in conjunction with London’s Soundway Records.