Rhythm and Roots

Norte Sonoro EP 1 (Nrmal.net)

I first came across this project via D/J Rupture’s Mudd Up! blog. Back in November, Nrmal, a Mexican platform for the creative arts/music festival, invited six producers (Algodón Egipcio, Chancha via Circuito, D/J Rupture, Helado Negro, Mumdance & White Rainbow)  to… Read More

The Huayno Murders

Thanks to Sounds & Colours for the heads up here. This mini-documentary, produced by VICE Magazine(!) looks at the spate of killings in the Peruvian Huayno scene. The most high profile of these was the murder of Alicia… Read More

Antartek Records Podcast 3: El Buho

A small bit of self-promotion here. The latest Antartek Records podcast has been put together by myself (El Buho) and mixes Latin American folk with electronica from across the spectrum. The mix combines one-off mash-ups, original material and… Read More

Matanza – Apolinar EP

Chilean andean-techno-shamans Matanza arrive on European shores for the first time next month playing a handful of shows and festivals. To coincide with their arrival the group have released Apolinar, a six track EP available for free download… Read More

Matanza – Chilean ‘Postmodern Folk’

Matanza are a Chilean group bringing Andean folklore into into the twenty first century. They mix traditional Latin American instrumentation like Colombian gaitas and Andean bombo drums with electronic beats and effects, drawing instant parallels to ZZK Records’… Read More

Mulher Rendeira – “O Cangaceiro”

Carrying on the history of the song “Mulher Rendeira” (see Part I) we come my second selected version of the song, perhaps the most well known and most influential version which played a key part in introducing the… Read More

Sak Tzevul – Tzotzil Rock

Thanks to Botella al Mar blog for this. This has to be the only group I know that sing in Tzotzil, a Mayan language spoken in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas. Sak Tzevul, which translates as lightning,… Read More

Mulher Rendeira – “A versão autentica”

As part of my dissertation I am looking into the history of the traditional Brazilian song “Mulher Rendeira” and I thought I would share my findings with the world. I first heard it on the soundtrack to Lima… Read More