VARIOUS - LA LOCURA DE MACHUCA 1975-1980 (2LP)

VARIOUS - LA LOCURA DE MACHUCA 1975-1980 (2LP)

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Label: ANALOG AFRICA

Release date: 16/10/2020

Barcode: 4260126061392

Catalog no.: AALP0000090

Item ID: 497597

'La Locura De Machuca' is the story of one man's bizarre odyssey into Colombia's coastal music underground, and the wild, hypnotic sounds he helped bring up to the surface. One night in 1975, a successful tax lawyer named Rafael Machuca had his mind blown in Barranquilla's Plaza de los Musicos. Overnight he went from a high ranking position in the Columbian revenue authority to visionary production guru of the newly formed record label that bore his name, Discos Machuca, and for the next six years he devoted his life to releasing some of the strangest, most experimental Afro Psychedelia Cumbia and Champeta ever produced. The Colombian music industry was thriving in the mid-seventies, but while homegrown bolero and vallenato tunes were doing well on the charts, it was imported African records that were setting crowds on fire at the picos - the sound-systems that fuelled neighbourhood parties - and wherever those records were played there were always a handful of groups who were inspired to plug traditional Cumbia directly into the electric currents coming from across the Atlantic.
It was these obscure bands, who fused Colombian and African rhythms with the swirling organs and psychedelic guitars of underground rock, that fired Machuca's imagination. While the label made its money releasing popular hits by legends such as Alejandro Dura'n and Ani'bal Vela'squez, that money was poured back into a unique run of experimental releases by fringe artists such as La Banda Africana, King Somalie, Conjunto Barbacoa, and Abelar do Carbono, one of the godfathers of Champeta Criolla. When Machuca couldn't find groups to realise his particular vision, he simply created them himself. Drawing on a fearsome roster of musicians associated with the label, he assembled bands that lasted only as long as it took to record an album, and unleashed the results - complete with arrestingly unusual album covers - under a series of different names such as Samba Negra or El Grupo Folclórico. This unorthodox approach led his longtime recording engineer, Eduardo Dávila, to describe Machuca's productions as the "B-Movies of Colombian music." The story of Doctor Machuca and his eccentric exploits tells of one of Colombia's most atypical and peculiar record companies; a defining pillar of Afro-Caribbean psychedelia. His productions have come to represent the roots of Champeta and set the pedigree standards for Afro and Costeño avant-garde. The seventeen tracks on 'La Locura De Machuca', harvested from the darkest, strangest corners of the Discos Machuca catalogue, sound like little else recorded before or since.
TRACKS:
01. Samba Negra - Eberebijara 03:30
02. King Somalie - Monkey 's Dance 03:31
03. El Grupo Folclórico - Tamba 03:18
04. Los Viajeros Siderales - El Campanero
05. Rio Latino - Ayu
06. Aníbal Velásquez - La Mazamorra Del Diablo
07. La Francachela - Mosquita Muerta
08. El Grupo Folclórico - Juipiti
09. King Somalie - Le Mongui
10. El Grupo Folclórico - El Tornillito
11. Samba Negra - Long Life Africa
12. La Banda Africana - Te Clavo La... Mano
13. Myrian Makenwa - El Platano
14. El Grupo Folclórico - Tucutru
15. Grupo Bola Roja - Caracol
16. El Grupo D'Abelard - Otro Perro Con Ese Hueso
17. Conjunto Barbacoa - Wabali

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