Frente Cumbiero // El Paujil

As we reach the last few hours on Kickstarter, I’m happy to reveal our last artist (for now ūüėČ )…Frente Cumbiero! The Colombian group will be creating a song by the wonderfully bizarre El Paujil or Blue Billed Curasow! This unique species found in the North of Colombia is recognised as Critically Endangered by the IUCN.

The Bird –¬†El Paujil

The Artist РFrente Cumbiero

Frente Cumbiero‘s music is a journey through the darkest depths of cumbia, their mision – to take this entrancing Colombian genre and dance to the world! The band simultaneously celebrate the roots of the genre alongside pushing and embracing the new, no less than on their groundbreaking album with legendary Dub producer Mad Professor. Lead man Mario Galeano was also heavily involved in the globe trotting Cumbia all-stars group Ondatropica. Their own sound has a raw talent to it, succeeding where many fail in walking the line between the old and the new!

The Inspiration

“El canto del Paujil es poco mel√≥dico, pareciera m√°s un rugido bajo y rasposo… no tiene una melod√≠a musical… entonces hay dos opciones, o tomar mejor el contexto musical de la regi√≥n de donde viene o intentar replicar ese rugido desde unos bajos sintetizados… veremos a qu√© camino nos lleva su inspiraci√≥n. “
“The song of the Curassow is not very¬†melodious, it is more like a roaring bass…it doesn’t have a musical melody. So, we have two options¬†either we take inspiration from the music of the region that this bird comes from or we try to replicate this booming sound with some synthesied basses. We will see down which path the inspiration takes us! “
Frente Cumbiero


Dengue Dengue Dengue // La Remolinera Real

NEWSFLASH: First things first…we made it! 100% funded on Kickstarter!

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Just a few days ago’A Guide to the Birdsong of South America’ passed the 100% mark on Kickstater thanks to some fantastic support from all over the world. We still have four days left to go so please back us if you can – the more money we can make the more we can give to Aves y Conservaci√≥n!

We still have a flock of exciting new artists to reveal and are going to announce them one a day, until the end, starting today. So, drumroll please to welcome our first Peruvian group for the album РDengue Dengue Dengue! The masked new-cumbia duo have chosen the unassumingly beautiful and critically endangered Remolinera Real or Royal Cinclodes (Cinclodes aricomae), found only in Peru and numbering between 50 and 250. Below the bird that will inspire them to make the track and some background on los Dengues!

The Bird – La Remolinera Real

The¬†Artist –¬†Dengue Dengue Dengue

Dengue Dengue Dengue are a duo hailing from Lima, Peru who have made a splash on the world of tropical bass for their bombastic live shows, bass crunching productions and refreshing reinterpretations of classic cumbia, chicha and Latin American sounds.

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Rhythm and Roots Returns Rejuvinated

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It has been nearly five years since Rhythm and Roots first started back in Blogspot days with a post tracing the lines between the modern and the traditional Cumbia scene in Buenos Aires. Today marks the third reincarnation of Rhythm and Roots, a blog started to showcase the diverse and exciting music scenes and communities emerging in cities all over the world from Mexico City to Montreal, from Glasgow to Luanda. Giving a home to music that crosses borders, fuses genres and epitomises the global-local times we live in.

So, we are back and have a lot of exciting things up our sleeves – from a monthly radio show to a new platform for to release music (and of course plenty of content along the way!)

Keep your eyes peeled, follow us on Twitter, Like us on Facebook and plug in your headphones.

To keep you tiding over here is another incredible fresh new mix from one of our favourite producers and a pioneer in this new global music space Uproot Andy (just listen to the first three minutes to find out why!!)

Rhythm & Roots Mix – Volume XII

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Spring is here and, as ever, the internet is awash with inspiring and foot waggling tunes from each corner of the globe. Our 12th (time flies!) Rhythm & Roots mix is a good ‘un and is chock full of tunes we are really into, all mixed together in different ways, like a big rhythmic¬†trifle(!) In a good way, of course. Full tracklist with links to find all these musical gems follows the break.

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Will Eede – Cosmic Serpent Mix

Will Eede is one third of the ¬†WEPA! crew, a trio of DJs/producers (alongside¬†Self Evident and¬†Gameboy) who are doing their best to ‘tropicalise’ Vancouver with their parties/remixes and releases, exploring the various electronic mutations of Latin music.


Will Eede’s Cosmic Serpent mix, put together for the Caballito netlabel/blog/fiesta, is a psychadelic journey through cumbia inversions and tropicalismo digital all spliced and reworked in a patchwork fashion. The result is an entrancing and unique slice of, for want of a better term, deep cumbia. Tracklist, or rather a list of contributors, is after the break.

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ZZK European Tour & El Remol√≥n Mixtape

To promote ZZK‘s forthcoming tour of Europe the label has commissioned electropical-cumbiero El Remolon to put together a little mixtape. New music from the Argentine producer/remixer extraodinaire is always welcome and the mix is scatterd with fresh remixes (Nicolas Jaar and Los Destellos) and new material (including a tribute to Argentine cumbia/pop legend Gilda!) – tracklist and ZZK tour info after the music.

El Remolon – ZZK Fall Tour Mixtape

1. Mercedes Sosa ‚Äď Guitarra Dimelo Tu (El Remol√≥n Remix)
2. Nicolas Jaar ‚Äď Keep Me There (El Remol√≥n Refix)
2. El Remol√≥n ‚Äď Cuelgue que te cuelgue
3. Los Destellos ‚Äď Lamento de la Selva (El Remol√≥n Remix)
4. Fauna ‚Äď Para Mi (Prod. por El Remol√≥n)
5. Air France ‚Äď Max Le Daron Remix
6. Lorna ‚Äď Papi Chulo (Javier Estrada Remix)
7. Daniel Klauser ‚Äď Circuito Americano
8. La Portuaria ‚Äď Selva (El Remol√≥n & Le Freak Selector Remix)
9. Analogik ‚Äď Don Texas (El Remol√≥n Remix)
10. Os Paralamas Do Suceso ‚Äď Alagados (El Remol√≥n Remix)
11. El Remol√≥n ‚Äď Se me ha perdido un remol√≥n (Gilda Tribute)
12. El Remol√≥n + Super Gachin vs MC Caco ‚Äď Los Guachines
13. Los Reyes de La Milanga ‚Äď No Me Mires M√°s
14. El Remol√≥n ‚Äď El Preferido
15. El Remol√≥n + Lido Pimienta [aka Remolido] ‚Äď Atr√°s

The tour will bring a large portion of the ZZK stable to European shores (Fauna, Tremor, El Remolon, Mati Zundel (Lagartijeando), El G and the VJ Mariela Bond) so check them out in a town near you! And if there are any UK promoters out there…book them! Dates and details after the jump.

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