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Grupo Naidy Arriba Suena Marimba
Gorgeous currulao from the Pacific coast of Colombia.



Anibal Velasquez Y Su Conjunto Mambo Loco
The master accordionist of Colombia's Musica Tropical movement.



The Afro Sound Of Colombia Volume 1
Going on three hours of firing salsa, cumbia, boogaloo, tropical funk and chicha, from the dazzling catalogue of Discos Fuentes. As a selection, mind, a bit zany and Route One.



Jamaica-Mento 1951-1958
Lovely stuff the great Louise Bennett's opener, say, or Laurel Aitken's Nebuchadnezzar. Ken Khouri and Stanley Motta recordings; Ernest Ranglin, Sugar Belly, Lester Sterling in the house. Decent booklet.



El Gran Fellove Mango Mangue
Drummer, singer and showman, veteran of the Cuban Jam Session LPs, Francisco Valdes moved to Mexico City in 1955. His guarachera and chuachua scatting mixes up ska and mambo, Cuban, Mexican and Puerto Rican styles.



Lord Invader The Master Stick Fighter Of New York!
The great calypsonian Rupert Grant at his peak, in New York, late-40s early-50s.




Panama! Volume 3: Calypso Panameno, Guajira Jazz And Cumbia Tipica On The Isthmus 1960-7
Rare recordings from the golden age of Panamanian music bilingual calypsos to guajira jazz, tropical guarachas to cumbia tamboreras.




Tumbele! Biguine, Afro And Latin Sounds From The French Caribbean, 1963-74
The lovely, overlooked music of Guadeloupe and Martinique, which mixes the heavy drums and rhythms of Haiti, the Congo and Puerto Rico into jazz and calypso, and the lilting gentility of the local biguine.



Guadeloupe The Quadrille Tradition
Creole, accordion-led quadrilles derived from 19th-century French high society. Sweetly melodious, highly rhythmic, Caribbeanized with a deep African twist. Tanboudbass drum, siyak guitar, triangle, chacha shaker.



Peru Julio Benavente Diaz, Charango And Songs From Cuzco
On a kind of miniature guitar, laminated, with steel strings wonderful, virtuosic performances of the poignant, melancholic music of the Campesinos and the Cholos of Peru.



Venezuela Gerson Garcia, Bandola Des Llanos
The joropo, pasaje and tonada (with roots in sixteenth-century Spain) played on the bandola, a pear-shaped, four-stringed guitar, made from cedar with maracas and cuatro accompaniment.



Venezuela Diablos Songs And Drums
From the Central Coast, afro music for rites and festivals, sharing with salsa drums like the cumaco (using the heel of the hand to vary pitch) and redondo, besides cow horns, car wheels, plates, sea shells.



Colombia Palenque De San Basilio
From the first settlement of emancipated Blacks in the New World, in a rain forest on the Caribbean coast songs about sisterhood, everyday living and death, a cappella or with stirring percussion.