May 29, 2009

frankoThis is one of the best blogs that I’ve stumbled across  got tipped by the awesome WAYNE & WAX via TWITTER in recent history. Loads of cumbia and CHICHA gems from way back when. We are talking true record collector stuff here. You need to go to this blog, bookmark it and take a close listen to all the really great music that’s on it. It’s called SUPER SONIDO!

check out this GEM right here man: CHICKEN Y SUS COMANDOS – CUMBIA SAMPUESANA

In the words of the man himslef: SONIDO FRANKO:

“For the last 10 years or so I have had this chronic addiction/sickness called “record collecting”. This disease rapidly progressed into djing, partying, having a crew, owning a very small record label, and having a fucking fun time. Common symptoms included breaking hearts, getting my heart broken, damaging my liver, hanging out with awesome people, hanging out with losers, hanging out until 5 am, djing to a full house, djing to an empty house, getting on planes, letting my day job go down the toilet, and buying shit piles of Latin records & 45’s to point where I was completely overwhelmed. It got to the point where I had so many records, I didn’t know a thing about the musicians that made all these songs.

Maybe an audio blog is a like a 12 step program for this behavior, maybe it is a way to clarify. Or maybe it seems like the next logical step of this ailment. I don’t know? But what I do know is that I have an extensive collection of Latin American music that I love, a collection which would be my pleasure to share with you, and an outlet to focus on my writing. Yet I have to be totally honest with you though, in the last 2 to 3 years the Latin genre of music has been totally hot stuff. So sometimes I question why I am creating this audio blog. Is it to fill some sort of void? Is it to jump on a bandwagon?  Is it the right time to do this or not? Or am I just being lame? I have no diagnosis for those questions, i’ll just let the words and music speak for themselves…”

Joseph Franko (sonido franko)



May 6, 2009

el-giganteYou might not know it yet, but you really do. EL GIGANTE TERREMOTO is the traditional CUMBIA stylo party dj, totally awesome selection of tunes and shoutouts to someone’s uncle and aunt. This is the real deal homie:


no tracklist, but he sometimes calls the titles as he plays em…


May 6, 2009

800px-locationcapeverdeGreat music from Cape Verde right here! Sounds almost like a live played KUDURO. Great dancing music! I found this on a blog, but cant find the source anymore, if it’s you, lemme know and I’ll add ya!


TAKE it back VILLERA!!!

May 3, 2009

cumbialatinainternacionalcopyBack to some true STREET cumbia from SOUTH AMERICA. I want to focus on some of the newer groups that are coming from the VILLERAS and drop the authenthic stuff. This is EL ASPIRANTE, who drops his cumbia with peroxide, live percussion and lots of cheap ass synths. Keep it real!



April 19, 2009

el20polacoThis is a great cut by EL POLACO, another dragging rhythm that comes together like a train catches it’s speed and keeps rolling once it just gets going…



April 1, 2009

Wow this is a like a breath of fresh air. Or laying on a rustic meadow near an oasis, while still feeling a warm desert wind without sand blow over. That sounds good. God, I need a vacation! Anyway, very lush, spaced out and frisium (of ketamine, or opium) vibes spreading music. That sounds good. God, I need a vacation! wait…


This great TAPE got shared by AWESOME TAPES FROM AFRICA, one of my fav blogs, and also on JACE’s MUDD UP! blog, so thanks to you both guys!

one track here: 02_track_02

all tracks here: here

GREAT traditionals from INDONESIA!

March 17, 2009

picture_077I stumbled on this great blog called MADROTTER a few days back. It’s filled with great traditional INDONESIAN music. Sometimes strangely atonal and polyrhythmic, but also very personal sounding due to the bends in vocals and melodies. I really like this. It might be a step too far for some people though. Why dont you try it?

TITIM FATIMAH – milih milih rabi