Various Panama! 2: Latin Sounds, Cumbia Tropical & Calypso Funk on the Isthmus 1967-77

Various Panama! 2: Latin Sounds, Cumbia Tropical & Calypso Funk on the Isthmus 1967-77
As a crossroads between North, Central and South America, as well as the Caribbean, Panama has one of the most diverse musical histories in the region. Add on top of that the huge influx of foreign rhythms that were brought into the country by migrant workers hired to build the Canal. The result is a startling, wide-ranging musical tapestry that reflects early North American funk, Colombian Cumbia, Jamaican reggae and Trinidadian Calypso, all interpreted with a serious tropical twist. Obviously a follow-up to the 2006 release, Panama!, Soundway does it again, this time collecting an even funkier assortment of tracks that more deeply reflect all the wild styles and freaky vintage sounds coming out of this small country. From the deep funk groove of "Descarga Superior" to the Vallenato-sounding "No Llores Porque Me Voy," the Cuban-son-influenced "La Confianza" to the heavy Cumbia vibes of "La Escoba" and the slow Trinidadian skank of "Juck Juck Pt.1," Soundway has once again proved itself as the dustiest crate-diggers from across the globe, creating a delectable compilation that shakes and grooves for any and all Latin music fans. (Soundway)