Starting with a bit of fantasmagorical cumbia and psych latin into a ‘Ghost Town‘ version excursion to some mortific moombahton and a pure Mexican finale with spooky ska, hair-raising Norteno, bloodcurdling dubstep cumbia as well as three of Mexico’s female icons Lila Downs, Julieta Venegas and the late Chavela Vargas. With a bit of Chicha, Salsa and Colombian swing along the way all with a Dia de los Muertos twist….
I had never considered tequila as a quality spirit, or one that requires special attention and knowledge. However, this has all changed when I met Gio Schiavoni who could not be more passionate about the subject. Once I found out that he was actually ‘on the other side’ of the tequila business, I quickly grabbed the opportunity to get some insight into, what I now know is, an art of making a “happy spirit”.
A special DJ mix on a more organic tip to showcase some of the sounds lighting up the Movimientos airwaves and dance floor this year including amongst others Salsa from La Mecanica Popular, Bio Ritmo, Uproot Andy with a typical bastardised Salsa banger and fresh from Colombia La Mambanegra. Cumbia from Maguare and Movimientos’ own Los Chinches. Plus Cuban beats from Qva Libre one of the hottest alternative bands coming out of Havana right now, Gema Y Pavel’s version of the classic Cumbanchero and of course Wara’s acoustic ‘Flesh & Bone’ going straight to the soul. Plus Afro-Latin beats from Bruk Beat Kru, Thornato’s remix of Son Palenque, and Ondatropica going Afrobeat on a version of Fela Kuti’s ‘Chop n Quench’. Not forgetting Brazil with Abayomy Afrobeat Orchestra’s killer track plucked from the new Mais Um Discos compilation and a forthcoming release from Orquestra Imperial. Listen here…
We were very proud to host Ana Tijoux‘s debut UK gig at Favela Chic in 2011 – it was a wicked night, she’s a lyrical showstopper. At the forefront of the international Hip Hop movement, Ana is only the second Chilean musician to be Grammy nominated, has collaborated with the likes of Julieta Venegas (on the hit ‘Eres Para Mi’), Control Machete, and Bajofondo, was #1 Latin album of the year on Amazon in 2010 and broke new ground on iTunes charts around the world.
Ana started out with rap group Makiza whose lyrics were full of social commentary, particularly about the injustices against the indigenous people of Chile. The radical slant of her new Bossa Nova style track, then, is not surprising. What is surprising is that, unlike most popular artists – who tend to bow the status quo as they climb the ladder of fame – Tijoux’s radicalism is growing as quickly as her reputation is. Her new song “NO AI TPP” (video above) focuses on opposing and exposing the Trans-Pacific Trade Deal (TPP). You can download the track for free via MediaFire on YouTube too. If you haven’t heard about the TPP, we’re not surprised. It’s being kept secret by some of the most dangerous secret keepers in the world.
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