Dutty Artz podcast series brings some springtime treats deep from the Peruvian Amazon via the digger par-excellance, Sonido Martines, who spends incredible amounts of time & energy in obscure corners of Latin America searching out mindblowing music. Brother is far offline. So it’s great to hear that he’s gonna chime in over at La Congona regularly and will be selling some of his cumbia 45s soon…
Here’s his original mix description (en espanol). Which translates to something like:
This mix is a collection of vinyl rips: pure Amazonian cumbia! â€œEl Sonambulo Orientalista (the Sleepwalking Orientalist)â€ includes songs from the gold and silver age of Peruvian cumbia, with groups from cities like Pucallpa, Tarapoto, Iquitos. Times when the western Peruvians wanted to present themselves via the modernity of amplified guitar strings, folkloric dress, and petro-dollar fantasiesâ€¦
Nowadays the regionâ€™s tropical sound is different: other searches, other standards, the same businessâ€¦ but letâ€™s save that for another post. Enjoy!
Sonido’s photos (below) show the works of Ashuco. “His paintings can be seen in bars, brothels, hotels, and various other spots around the city of Iquitos.”