VARIOUS ARTISTS / “Spanish Funk Mixtape”
I better take my shoes off before I put my foot in my mouth. I don’t even know enough about this music to properly introduce it to you. On my frequent forays into web-world, I run into a lot of interesting music that I store aside and tell myself I will get to checking out someday. Well, I’ve got some Spanish Funk music that I enjoy, so this week I decided to drop some on you and you can make your own decisions about it. By now damn near everybody knows that rap is a worldwide phenomenon, much like jazz was for most of the 20th century. But as one circumnavigates the globe it seems that funk and soul music are also very popular. So in no particular order here are five funk artists based in Spain. LOS RUMBERS DJ Pete Lamotta and DJ/producer/promoter Dr. Guassa are Los Rumbers a music production duo based in Sevilla, Spain, who are beginning to make big noise on the dance club scene. Their focus is to mix contemporary black music with flamenco. Los Rumbers' first full length album is Flamenco Breaks and they are using it as a free download to promote their music. If you like what you hear, go to Los Rumbers website to download the album. EDDINE SAID Is a singer/songwriter from Barcelona, Spain who is obviously heavy influenced by a variety of Soul singers. His music could easily make it on college radio stations despite our general English-only bias. MALA RODRIGUEZ Spain’s leading female rapper/vocalist has developed a huge audience in Spain. We featured one of her songs here on BoL. She has three albums and numerous guest appearances, additionally her music has been included in a number of Spanish movies. ARANGU If you thought funk bands had gone out of style, wait until you hear this nine-member outfit out of Barcelona, Spain. The band is two years old and throwing down like grown ass adults. GECKO TURNER Fernando Gabriel Echave Pelaez, bka Gecko Turner, is one crazy dude. He’s from the small town of Badajoz, Spain near the border with Portugal. Gecko has been involved in music since childhood but did not decide to dedicate his life to music until after first his mother and then his wife died. Some of his music is pointedly political, all of it is a fusion of pop, jazz, Brazilian, funk, and whatever else catches his ear. I don’t claim that this sampling the best or even the latest funk music coming out of Spain. These sounds are just some gem stones I found on a musical beach and I’m sharing them with you. Hope you dig it. —Kalamu ya Salaam Spanish Funk Mixtape Playlist Thes tracks are all from Flamenco Breaks – Los Rumbers 01 “Que Me Quiten Lo Bailao” 02 “Co” 03 “Abstract Wicked Rumba” 04 “The Big Apple” These tracks are all from Oririca – Eddine Said 05 “Mi tiempo” 06 “Onírica” 07 “Pasión” 08 “Les fonc chugueder” Except for “Dajame Entr,” these tracks are all from Lujo Ibérico – Mala Rodriguez 09 “Dejame Entr” - Malamarismo 10 “En mi ciudad hace caló” 11 “A jierro” 12 “Con diez o con veinte” These tracks are all from 1.0 - Arangu 13 “Muévela” 14 “Kaleidoscope cha-cha” 15 “Isla desierta” 16 “Mother affection” These tracks are from Manipulado, a remix album of Gecko Turner’s music 17 “Un Limón En La Cabeza (Quantic Mix)” 18 “En La Calle, On The Street (The Dining Rooms Afrojazz Remix)” These tracks are from Guapapasea! – Gecko Turner’s first international release as a solo artist 19 “Monka Mongas” 20 “45.000$ (Guapa Pasea)”
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