Various The Afrosound Of Colombia

Various The Afrosound Of Colombia
Picking up where Soundway's Colombia compilation left off (though only temporarily — there's more to come down that particular pipe), Vampisoul licensed some prime slabs of the Discos Fuentes catalogue for your summertime enjoyment. This compilation focuses on the most overtly African-inspired music of the '60s and '70s in Colombia, starting with cumbia and progressing through hybrids and one-offs combining rock, funk, West African pop, jazz and salsa. "Percussive" is a no-brainer adjective here, but with bad boy bassist and arranger Fruko in charge of most of the cuts, acidy guitars and dense rhythm arrangements dominate. "Dog, Cat" is one example — a super-fast Caribbean groove is punctuated by sound effect records of dogs and cats while a drone right out of Miles Davis's dark fusion of the '70s floats around menacing, loud guitar. Scary, funny and funky! A clutch of Fruko's Wganda Kenya tracks are represented as well, which are, as the name indicates, more Afro than Latin, showing great kinship with the emerging sound of soukous in the same period. As with most double discs, there's too much to take in at once, but that just means more enjoyment over time. (Vampisoul)