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Cartagena! Curro Fuentes & The Big Band Cumbia and Descarga Sound Of Colombia 1962 - 72
Various Artists
Soundway Records
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July 12, 2011

Soundway sets sail for the Colombian coastal town of Cartagena. Sourced from a period when musicians effortlessly combined the swing of cumbia with the driving bass of salsa, Cartagena! un-wraps a period of musical history seldom heard beyond the tropical coast of South America.

Compiled by Roberto Gyemant with the help of Colombian resident Will ‘Quantic’ Holland and Miles Cleret, Cartagena! focuses on the extraordinary life and career of Curro Fuentes, the youngest brother of the family responsible for the Discos Fuentes label.

Cartagena! features 19 tracks and is presented on CD and double gatefold LP, designed by Lewis Heriz. Both CD and LP include detailed liner notes and offer insights from Will Holland’s interview with the late Curro Fuentes.

“Wailing clarinets and delirious, sleazy saxes evoke a sense of Benny Goodman-style swing gone wild in the tropics.” The Telegraph

“Cumbia compilations of this consistently high quality are pretty thin on the ground.” The Independent on Sunday

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Me Voy Pa'la Costa Rosendo y su Banda 3:57 Buy

    Me Voy Pa'la Costa

  2. 2 La Cumbia del Pescador Puerto Rico y Su Combo 4:21 Buy

    La Cumbia del Pescador

  3. 3 Patuleco Orquesta Sonora Curro 2:48 Buy


  4. 4 El Alegron Rosendo Martínez y su Orquesta 2:59 Buy

    El Alegron

  5. 5 Santa Marta Cumbia Cantina y su Combo 3:31 Buy

    Santa Marta Cumbia

  6. 6 Arroz Con Coco Lucho Bermudez y su Orquesta Sabanera 2:30 Buy

    Arroz Con Coco

  7. 7 Yolanda Orlando Fortich y su Orquesta 3:08 Buy


  8. 8 Oye Negra Homero y su Combo, Pacho Galan, La Sonora Curro 2:11 Buy

    Oye Negra

  9. 9 Puerto Rico Zumbando Clodomiro Montes, el Super Combo Curro 3:57 Buy

    Puerto Rico Zumbando

  10. 10 Silencio Los Seven Del Swing 3:43 Buy


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