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Review: Choc Quib Town, Oro

It’s been going on forever and it’s been good.  In 1943 Maurio Bauza created the first known latin jazz piece by fusing jazz structure and instruments with a clave rhythm.  Stan Kenton recorded “Machito” the first latin jazz performance by an American jazz musician in 1946.  In 1969 Santana took the rock world by storm by fusing rock  with latin rhythms and percussion.  Bands like War and Mandrill combined mainly Caribbean rhythms with funk, disco and soul.  Cafe Tacvba has combined Mexican musics with just about anything you can imagine.  The brilliant band from Barcelona, Ojos de Brujo, melds flamenco, gypsy music, traditional Catalan music, African and Caribbean rhythms, funk and hip hop into a irresistible stew.  Now along comes Choc Quib Town who combine hip hop and rap with rhythms of their native  area of the Pacific coast of Columbia.

Choc Quib Town are Miguel “Slow” Martinez, Gloria “Goyo” Martinez and Carlos “Tostao” Valencia.  They all sing, rap or both and they wrote or co-wrote all of the tunes on Oro.  As far as I can tell from the info included with the CD, they don’t play any instruments but there is an army of musicians playing on Oro‘s 16 tracks.  Most of the album is in Spanish which I don’t know well enough to understand what they are singing or rapping about.  Their website indicates they are interested in bringing the culture, society and music of Pacific Columbia to the wider world through their music.  As might be expected with a group composed of vocalists, the vocals in Oro are pushed far forward in the mix.  I think embedding the three vocalists more deeply in the band by giving the instruments more space would make Oro an even stronger album.

Fans of Aterciopelados well know that Columbian musicians are producing some superb meldings of traditional Columbian musical forms with North American and European types of popular music.  Choc Quib Town are not as polished as Aterciopelados but their combination of hip hop with Columbian and other latin rhythms shows promise.  They make solid, visceral music and if you like latin music you might very much enjoy Oro.

De Donde Vengo Yo from Oro


06/03/2010 - Posted by | CD reviews, music, music reviews | , , , , ,

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