Rhythm and Roots

Ondatrópica: Discos Fuentes to London 2012

Ondatrópica is a seven month musical journey from the home of Discos Fuentes in Medellín, Colombia, to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The project, led by Bogotano Mario Galeano (Frente Cumbiero) and Londoner Will Holland (Quantic), will bring together a stellar… Read More

Soundway’s Musical Map of Colombia

Posts have been a little sporadic over the past few weeks as I have just moved to Amsterdam and have been adjusting to a new life! What better way to come back with some Colombian musical indulgence courtesy… Read More

Kinky Electric Noise – Electro Champeta

Champeta culture and music originated in the poor, mainly black communities of Colombia’s pacific coast. The style, which was popularised in the 1970s, is a true fusion of traditional African rhythms and dances with everything from salsa to… Read More

Los Yetis – Colombian Nothingism A Go-Go

I have been reading a bit recently about the nadaísmo movement which flourished in the Colombian city of Medellín in the early 1960s. Nadaísmo was a counter-culture movement which, with author Gonzalo Arango at its helm, sought to… Read More

Sunday Mashup #1 – Lido Pimienta meets Daniel Klaüser

I have been trying to think of a catchy name for this new mini-feature but ultimately failed and stuck with the ‘Sunday Mashup’. Simple and effective. As the title may suggest, Rhythm ‘n’ Roots will henceforth publish a… Read More

Lido Pimienta – La Rata

Time to get back into the swing of things and what better way than with a video like this one from Canadian based Colombian singer Lido Pimienta. ‘La Rata’, an attack on political corruption, is taken from her… Read More

Lulacruza & Vincent Moon in Colombia

Over the past three months the Argentine/Colombian electronica/folk duo Lulacruza have been traveling around Colombia alongside French film-maker Vincent Moon with the aim of creating a ‘visual album’. Accompanied by a host of local experts, the trio spent… Read More

Explosión Negra

A bit of sunshine on a grey day. Explosión Negra – Rumberologo (c/o Cumbia Mela) Share this

Optima Cumbia Glaswegiana

After having discussed cumbia briefly in an interview I did a few years back with half of Glaswegian DJ duo Optimo, JD Twitch, and given his real love of the genre (Beats in Space Radio Show from September… Read More

The Colombia NYC Project

The Colombia NYC Project is a group of New York DJs and producers who left behind the big apple in November to spend three months travelling through Colombia with the aim of creating a documentary and a compilation… Read More