Wednesday, 16 November 2011

MUSIC l The Original Sound of Cumbia : CD Launch Party : 25th November, London

To coincide with the release of 'The Original Sound of Cumbia' we're excited to announce the official London launch party on 25th November. Soundway head honcho Miles Cleret and Sofrito's Frankie Francis will be joined behind the decks by a very special, surprise guest. As well as the usual mix of the rarest and funkiest, retro tropical grooves from around the world our special guest shall be doing a super rare, 78s only Colombian cumbia set. Not to be missed we assure you.
DJs: Miles Cleret (Soundway), Frankie Franics (Sofrito) & very special guest (TBA) Friday 25th November Designers Block, 32 Cremer Street, E2 8HD 10pm till 3am Early Bird Tickets (first 50) £6 Advanced Tickers: £8 Tickets on the door: £10

Dancing Time With Soundway: The Original Sound of Cumbia launch party will be held at the fabulous Designers Block on Cremer Street, Shoreditch. The first 50 tickets can be bought for the special early bird price of £6. Advance tickets after that shall be £8 and £10 on the door.

Soundway set sail for Colombia once again, delving deeper into the South American country’s rich musical past. Boasting 55 tracks spread over two CDs and two triple LPs, ‘The Original Sound of Cumbia’ is Soundway’s definitive guide to the origins of Colombian cumbia and porro and the result of five years pain staking re-search by Will ‘Quantic’ Holland. Disc 1 tells the story of some the earliest Colombian cumbia recorded, a genre that captured a nation, spreading from its birthplace on the Caribbean coast in land to central Colombia and the capital Bogata. Disc 2 sees the evolution of cumbia. Greats of Colombian music like Alberto Pacheco, Toño Fernandez & Anibal Velasquez brought the music forward, bringing new influences and instruments to the genre. What had once been considered the music of the underclasses had risen up as the new sound of a nation. After five years of becoming slowly submerged in Colombian musical culture, learning the accordion, setting up a band and a studio, and scouring the country in search it’s recorded legacy, Will ‘Quantic’ Holland (Quantic Soul Orchestra & Quantic y su Combo Barbaro) has compiled the fruits of his labour into this unique compilation that tells the story of cumbia in the years of the phonograph record’s supremacy. Along with good friend and head of Soundway Records, Miles Cletet, Will Holland has condensed hundreds of 78s, 45s and LPs into just over two and a half hours of the finest Colombian cumbia.
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