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Various Artists

Soundway presents Palenque Palenque: Champeta Criolla & Afro Roots in Colombia 1975-1991

Soundway Records Ltd

Released: 14th June 2010 | 21 track africa album
Boasting twenty one pulsating tracks drawn from the northern coasts of Colombia, 'Palenque Palenque!' reveals a unique and fascinating story of how Afro Colombian music developed from the 1970s onwards and how the local sound-systems in Cartagena and Barranquilla played such an important role in shaping the sound of the Colombian champeta. Co-compiled by Lucas Silva (resident of Bogota and owner of Palenque Records) and Soundway Records' Miles Cleret, the album highlights the long relationship that the Caribbean coast of Colombia has with Africa stretching back to the 17th century. Specifically, the rise of the percussion heavy champeta sound, born out of a wave of popularity for psychedelic Afro, Latin & Caribbean music inspired by the DJs of the time. Soundway have unearthed a magical era, exposed a radical movement and have, in the process, found some of the world's most eccentric and highly addictive modern dance music.