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Os Alegres “Wenda Sola”, Angola AFRICA (download mp3)

Posted in Africa stories, Afro Sounds, Angola Music, download single song, RadioDiffusion Music on June 19, 2011 by Listen Recovery

Wenda Solá (download mp3)

Os Alegres, which translate to “The Glad Ones” in Portuguese, were from Angola.

The music of Angola has been shaped both by wider musical trends and by the political history of the country. In the 20th century, Angola has been wracked by violence and political instability. Its musicians have been oppressed by government forces, both during the period of Portuguese colonization and after independence. Angolan music also influenced another Lusophone music in Brazil and Cuban music.

The capital and largest city of Angola is Luanda, home to a diverse group of styles including Angolan merengue (based on Dominican merengue), kilapanda and semba, the last being a genre with roots intertwined with that of Brazilian samba music.

Compared to many of its neighbors in Southern Africa, as well as other Portuguese colonies (especially Cape Verde), Angola’s music has had little international success. The first group to become known outside of Angola was Orquestra os Jovens do Prenda, who were most popular from the late 1960s to the early 1970s, and have continued sporadically performing and recording since.


PEÑA II by Secret Stash Records (2011), words by Renz De Madrugada (Cardo o Ceniza mp3 download link)

Posted in Afro Sounds, Peru on February 26, 2011 by Listen Recovery

Peña I (2010) review by Renz De Madrugada

This is the 2nd part of a great experience from Eric Foss of Secret Stash Records last year in Perù.  Discovering new voices with a contemporary feel with traditional songs from the Peruvian genre of Criollo music, Afro Peruvian and Lando to name some.

Peña II starts with Cardo O Ceniza written by Perù’s own Chabuca Granda, the strong and at the same time soft voice of Sofia Rei (vocalist) gives the right touch to the beginning of a sequel experiment.  Continues with timeless track and heart pounding lyrics by Jose Escajadillo Jamas Impedirás which various important voices in Perù have interpreter decade after decade.  Lucha Reyes was one of the first ones to make her its own.  Eva Ayllon as well as song writer and singer Gian MarcoFina Estampa what Peruvian doesn’t know this song. Well at least the cultural ones and the patriotic ones, written by Chabuca Granda, this track is a must have for many Peruvian queens, it talks about a gentlemen.  Now El Condor Pasa is not your typical traditional song that you would hear at a Peña in Perù, nevertheless is an outstanding selection for this project.  It gives authenticity to the experience of music in Perù, this is another must have for any Peruvian nostalgic residents outside of Inca land.  Jose Antonio this one is another timeless song, it almost sounds like “Marinera” to me.  I love this version.  Good work guys!

El Tamalito, now this track is kinda dear to me, because who wrote it, Andres Soto, go Google the little bit there is online about him. He has contribute to many important songs and has also worked with Chabuca Granda, Caitro Soto, Pititi to name a few legends of the Afro Peruvian and Criollismo Sub-Culture in the coast.  Sofia Rei comes correct once again.  La flor de la canela another Chabuca song, to us Peruvians she was and is a poet in our hearts, white from the outside, Afro Peruvian from the inside, a madam of its own class Sr Granda was.  This song is also a MUST for any collection of Perù treasure songs.

El Plebeyo written by Felipe Pinglo Alva one of the most outstanding composers of the genre of criollo music, with more than 100 titles on his belt.

This is the last track on the album.  A nice ending to a soft and powerful compilation and interpretation of timeless songs.

Another great work by Secret Stash Records. Keeping up the Peruvian music culture worldwide.  Respects!

Renz De Madrugada, Feb 2011

Cardo O Ceniza (Song Link) free download by Secret Stash Records

NICOMEDES SANTA CRUZ, Afroperuvian Legend. “Marinera, Festejo Y Lando” (Videos)

Posted in Afro Sounds, Nicomedes Santa Cruz, Peru Music Icon, Peru Negro, Peru Treasures, video archives on February 13, 2011 by Listen Recovery

FELA ANIKULAPO KUTI & EGYPT 80 Live in Amsterdam LP (track 1 and 2)

Posted in Afro Sounds, Fela Kuti stories, LP downloads on December 22, 2010 by Listen Recovery

FELA Live in Amsterdam,

1. M.O.P. (Movement of the People)  37.04 min.

2. You give me sh*t, I give you sh*t  24:59  min.

PEÑA by SECRET STASH RECORDS; words by Renz De Madrugada (download mp3) “El Mayoral”

Posted in Afro Sounds, Peru on September 25, 2010 by Listen Recovery

“Una PEÑA”… “A Peña” for Peruvians is a place of gathering your feelings and letting them out… chanting, singing, dancing or reciting a poem… along of course with alcohol beverages, perhaps some food or soup.  A Peña can be created in a regular domestic home, small garage, outhouse or even at a bodega or convenient store.  The beautiful thing about a Peña to me is the sincerity and realness of singing with “feeling”.  Omara Portuondo talked about coming from that genre of Cuban Movement of musicians called, the “Feeling Movement”,  which is a very similar and particular way sing, act or entertain your guest or the crowd.  “A Peña is form by a group of friends, singer enthusiastic, poets or simple just getting together to have a good time with Peruvian Folklore.  Nowadays there are many Peñas in Lima and I’m sure outside of the capital as well, far north in the city of Trujillo, Chiclallo and even border with Ecuador in Piura & Tumbes… Peñas will be form as long as they are still lovers of Peruvian Music Culture, from Afro Peruvian waltz to Costa dances of Marinera… Visit Perù if you get a chance to travel to S. America and experience the night life, music, food and its people sensibility… PEÑA CD/DVD by Secret Stash is just another sign telling us that my natal countries Music Culture is here to stay and be recognized once in for all.

Visit Perù and experience a Peña or a music gathering, which at the end of the night will be a Peña.  “Esta es mi tierra, asi es mi Perù”.

Thanks to Eric Foss & the fine people at Secret Stash for archiving and preserving Peruvian Folklore Cultura!… CHIMPUN!

Renz De Madrugada

“Cantor, Zapateador, Percusionista, Actor, Bailarín, Guitarrista y Compositor make a Peña”

Peña Don Porfirio, Barranco, Lima 2009



In April of 2010, Cory Wong and Eric Foss of Secret Stash Records traveled to Lima, Peru with a translator and assembled Peña, an Afro-Peruvian ensemble featuring a handful of the best musicians within the genre.  The group was a revolving door of sorts that included over a dozen players ranging in age from 24 to 65.  In seven days they recorded over 50 tracks.  With no access to a conventional recording studio they improvised by tracking in classrooms, living rooms, balconies, offices, and even on the stoop of a hostel.  The sessions were fast, free-spirited, and generally consisted of one or two takes per track.  The result is an authentic display of one of the world’s most unique, unexplored and underrated musical styles.

For most people, the question still remains, “what is Afro-Peruvian music?”  In the mid 1500s Spanish conquistadors brought African slaves with them to Peru.  One of the many restrictions placed on the slaves was that they where not allowed to own or play instruments.  In time they began using fruit boxes and dresser drawers as drums.  This innovation became formally known as the cajón (large box) and it was the central component in fusing African rhythms with Spanish music.  After slavery was abolished in Peru (1856), Afro-Peruvian culture slowly withered away.  By the mid 1900s the music (along with other parts of the culture) had almost vanished.  In the 1960s, a small handful of black Peruvians in Chincha (3 hours south of Lima) started a revival of sorts.  It quickly grew and before long the people of Peru were rediscovering this lost music.  Today Lima is the center of Afro-Peruvian music, but people of all colors living in coastal Peru celebrate this music and culture.

“It was amazing how everyone we met down there was so excited to help us.  They have a sense of pride about their culture that you don’t really see up here.  They were just thrilled to share it with outsiders,” said Cory Wong, producer, engineer, and guitarist of Peña.  When they arrived in Lima, Wong and Foss had no appointments and only one solid contact.  They quickly went to work networking with the area’s most connected figures in Afro-Peruvian music.  Within four days they had found the players and organized sessions.  All of the musicians were enthusiast about their involvement and willing to record just about anywhere, any time.

“We were very fortunate to experience a real connection with the people who are keeping this music alive today.  Because we didn’t have a studio to work out of, we tracked in the places where they live, work, and play.  I feel that really shines through in the recordings.  This album would not be what it is if it were done in a recording studio,” said executive producer, Eric Foss.  The spirit and conditions of the sessions, as well as some great background information and Afro-Peruvian history is captured in the DVD documentary that is included with the Peña CD which will be in stores, and online 10/12/10.  It will also be available for digital download through all of the major services.

  PEÑA by Secret Stash Records “El Mayoral” Afro-Peruvian by Listen Recovery

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Peñas to visit in LIMA, links:

DEL CARAJO, Barranco, Lima

DON PORFIRIO, Barranco, Lima

LA CANDELARIA, Barranco, Lima

SACHUN, Miraflores, Lima

ARTURO ZAMBO CAVERO, “Cada Domingo a las 12 despues de la misa”

CHINCHIVI, Roberto Ballumbrosio FRANCE/PERU

Posted in Afro Sounds, Ballumbrosio art, Peru Negro on May 18, 2010 by Listen Recovery

TRIBO MASSAHI, Estrelando Embaixador 1972, BRAZIL

Posted in Afro Sounds, Brasil music, digging, Listen Recovery, LP downloads, South America on May 10, 2010 by Listen Recovery

This record has only 2 long tracks, divided in 4 songs each, a long jam on both sides. Soulful, latin and african rhythms.

here is side A

here is side B

Liner Notes of LP

“Tribo Massáhi, starring Embaixador

This is a sound made in Brazil. With all the members (being) brazilian.

But the purpose is to show the young African music, with all its nuances that characterize the roots of the music from the Black Continent.

In this record we release many curious things. Starting with the rhythmic design, that was based on the camel’s steps, that is in the 4/4 rhythmic division, in the same vein as the Yeah, Yeah, Yeah and Soul Music, to which was given the name

OGA, because in Lagos, Nigeria’s capital, OGA is a kind compliment among friends. There, a man feels good when is compared to an OGA (camel).

Purposefully and proudly, Rivers label releases this new and different record, made for export, that’s not only dedicated to the discophiles, as well as the lovers of parties, night clubs, and even to those who are in love, because on both sides, there are no intervals. It’s a crazy and infectious rhythm.”

It’s hard to describe the music played by Embaixador and Tribo Massáhi. It has a Funky groove with lots of percussion, and vocals by Embaixador and a female chorus. Sometimes it sounds like African music, but not necessarily Afrobeat or Afrofunk; it’s more like a Candomble (African-Brazilian religion) chant. Also, it has some influences of psychedelic music, that is characteristic of the music made in the early 70’s. To me it sounds like they took some drugs and went to the studio make music and have some fun.

Each side has only one long track, that is divided in songs, although there are no intervals between them.

These are the tracklist and credits:

Side 1 – Timolô, Timodê

1 – Walk by jungle

2 – Fareua

3 – Harmatan

4 – Dandara

Side 2 – Lido’s Square

1 – Pae João

2 – Menina da janela

3 – OAN

4 – Madrugada sem lugar

Tribo’s members are:

Aymmi, Koffi, Korede, Kolawole, Duro Timi, Omopupa, Iyalode, and Abeke.

Guest musicians:

Lápis (cow bells), Romildo (Bass), Rui Barbosa (Acoustic guitar), and Nathalie (vocals).

FELA w GINGER BAKER in Africa, KALABAR near LAGOS Nigeria. (footage by Ginger Baker)

Posted in Africa stories, Afro Sounds, Fela Kuti stories, video archives on April 19, 2010 by Listen Recovery

rare early footage (shot by Ginger Baker) featuring Fela & Afrika 70 performing in the rainy southeastern town of Kalabar, shortly after the the Nigerian civil war.

EBAAHI SOUNDS from City of ACCRA, Ghana AFRICA, High Life Music (download full tape)

Posted in Afro Sounds, cassette tapes archives, download tape on April 11, 2010 by Listen Recovery

Highlife music from Ghana and Sierra Leone emerged in the 1920’s and has been a major influence on all subsequent African Music. The fusion of indigenous dance rhythms and melodies with Western sounds began in the coastal towns of Ghana, including regimental brass bands, sea shanty hymns, European foxtrots, Caribbean kaiso, African rhythms of Liberia (dagomba), Sierra Leone (ashiko and goombe) and Fante (osibisaba). The instrumentation included African drums, harmonicas, guitars, accordions; and by 1920’s were known collectively as Highlife.” Several different styles of highlife emerged since – ballroom dance, village brass band, rural guitar, etc.

EBAAHI SOUNDS full length tape

FRANCISCO AGUABELLA Tribute to the legendary MARCH 9th 8pm-1am $20

Posted in Afro Sounds, jazz icons, L.A Events, Latin Sounds on March 9, 2010 by Listen Recovery
Sadly, Cuban drum master Francisco Aguabella is very ill. Ubiquity has had the honor of working with Aguabella on our CuBop label.
Chano Pozo is widely acknowledged as the first Cuban drummer to make a mark in the American music scene. Directly following him were Patato Valdez, Candido, Mongo Santamaria and Francisco Aguabella. As a master of the Bata (talking drum) Aguabella immediately impressed many. He was hired early on by Dizzy Gillespie and during his career has played and recorded with Peggy Lee, Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Malo and Carlos Santana.

Francisco is one of the first echelon of drummers who came to America and are responsible for all drummes that came after them,” said Latin percussionist John Santos in the movie “Sworn To The Drum”. “He is one of the strongholds of our music and has always kept the commitment to our Cuban rhythm. He plays with everybody but always maintains our rhythm, that’s very important,” added Isreal “Cachao” Lopez.

Releases on Cubop include the rare groove gem “Hitting Hard,” along with Afro Cuban jazz releases “Agua De Cuba”, “H2O,” “Ochimini” and “Cubacan.”