Thursday, October 16, 2014

SKA Hispano

In what unfortunately seems to be an all too common occurrence recently I've been away from the blog for awhile now but with some time to spare today I thought I would post something.
Some time back I made a post on SKA from Mexico and how outside of the Caribbean, Latin America was one of the regions were the new genre most quickly gained popularity. Yet more often than not most people and record labels in the region typically only considered SKA to be a dance and not an actual genre. Therefore a lot of SKA songs were merely thrown into the generic label of rock or 60's music making it very hard for anyone outside of the region to hear any of this work. Here is a small compilation of SKA and SKA influenced songs from the Spanish speaking world. The majority come from Mexico but there are songs from other countries to be found here. I highly recommend this download if you are a fan of not just SKA and Jamaican music but also if you are a fan of Latin music and 60's western rock/pop music as the influence from both can also clearly be heard.

1. Los Socios del Ritmo - La Pelirroja
2. Los Yorsys - Managua Nicaragua
3. Los Condes - No Me Ilusionare Mas
4. Las Exorcistas - El Mundo Es Un Conflicto
5. Los Aragon - Muneco de Cuerda (Puppet On A String)
6. Manolo Munoz - Se Te Nota
7. Los Millonarios - Jardin de Rosas (Rose Garden)
8. Angelica Maria - Ni Un Poquito de Amor
9. Manolo Munoz - Que Familia (Shame and Scandal)
10. Los Socios del Ritmo - Skokian
11. Las Cuatro Monedas - Lo Consigues Si Lo Quieres Tu ( You Can Get It If You Really Want It)
12. Los 80 Centavos - Baby Besame (Hold Me Tight)

Saturday, August 9, 2014

V.A. - 1970's Nigeria Pop

Many people may currently associate Nigeria with some rather negative things yet as evidenced in this blog Nigeria has produced some amazing music. This was especially true in the 1970's as Nigeria was coming out of a brutal civil war into a major oil boom. Thus giving the opportunity for many bands to play not just the politically charged music that the country is famous for but also very "poppy" style songs. Here I have put together a small compilation of some of my favorite old school Nigerian pop songs. There are some very cool songs in here and if you are any fan at all of music from Nigeria or Africa itself or if you just want an introduction into the music of this country then I recommend giving this one a listen.

1. Cloud 7 - Beautiful Woman
2. Bongos Ikwue And The Groovies - Sitting On The Beach
3. Founders 15 - Be My Own
4. Kris Okotie - I Need Someone
5. Rex Williams - You Are My Heart
6. The Apostles - She's A Dropout
7. Sir Victor Uwaifo -Guitar Boy
8. Sir Victor Uwaifo - West African Safari 
9. Sonny Okosun - Help
10. Bongos Ikwue And The Groovies - Still Searching 
11. Sweet Breeze - She's Cooler Than You 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Los Saicos - Punk From Peru 1965

When people talk about the precursors to punk rock bands like The Stooges or The Velvet Underground are likely to be mentioned. However there is a little known band from mid 1960's Peru that was already playing the style of music that some years later would become synonymous with punk. Fast and loud songs became a calling card of Los Saicos. Their most famous song "Demolicion" can only be described as having lyrics expressing the complete opposite of the mainstream 1960's peace and love culture. If you are interested in punk rock or garage rock then I really recommend giving Los Saicos a listen and if you would like to learn more about the band there is now even a short documentary about them on youtube worth checking out.
01- Come On
02- Ana
03- Demolición
04- Lonely Star
05- Camisa De Fuerza
06- Cementerio
07- Besando a Otra
08- Intensamente
09- Te Amo
10- Fugitivo De Alcatraz
11- Salvaje
12- El Entierro De Los Gatos

Sunday, May 11, 2014

V.A.- 101 Meksikanska 1951-2011 - Mexican Music From Yugoslavia - Musica Mexicana de Yugoslavia

A few months back I was looking through some blogs for old rock music from the former Yugoslavia when I came across a genre I had never heard of before Yu-Mex. Instantly intrigued I decided to do more research into what Yu-Mex was. In the early 1950's Yugoslavia was still isolated from various countries. Yugoslav leader Josip Broz "Tito" had by this point had a falling out with Stalin and the Soviet Union and being a communist nation Yugoslavia was not exactly popular with the US. So they had to look to other nations for a source of music and entertainment and the main country of choice was Mexico. It just so happened that during this time period is when Mexico was experiencing what many consider a golden age of cinema and music thus Mexican music and movies were  an instant hit in Yugoslavia.

While this concept may seem strange at first considering these are two nations half a world apart it starts to make a lot more sense when one considers that traditional Mexican music has a lot of influence from the music of Central Europe. Needless to say that there was not much information online regarding this genre except for a few postings here and there. I finally was able to find this compilation 101 Meksikanska put together by Croatia Records in Zagreb. Though I had to wait for almost a month for it to arrive from Croatia this compilation is well worth the wait as it is incredibly interesting to hear the Yugoslav covers of classic Mexican songs. Songs like Las Mananitas, La Adelita, El Soldado de Levita and Guadalajara. Even more interesting is hearing the completely unique Yugoslav songs in local language perfectly done in various styles like mariachi and bolero.
The compilation also demonstrates how even to this day a lot of the pop music in the former Yugoslav countries has maintained a completely unique Mexican and Latin influence. Highly recommend giving this a listen and while I am making all 4 CDs available for download here I also would highly recommend buying the actual album from Croatia Records ( as it contains lots of information on the artists featured in the CDs as well as the history of Yu-Mex.

01 Mama Huanita (Las Mananitas Tapatias) - Trio Tividi 1961
02 Pjesma Pjanice - Vokalni Trio Jovanovic Dukic Tomljanovic 1958
03 Cetiri Staze (Cuatro Caminos) - Trio Tividi 1961
 04 Malaguena Salerosa - Trio (Mexicano) Los Caribes 1959
05 Princeza Indije (Hija de La Luna) - Vokalni Trio Jovanovic Dukic Tomljanovic 1958
 06 Aj Halisko (Ay Jalisco No Te Rajes) - Trio Tividi 1961
07 Bala Perdida - Trio Tenori 1961
08 Alla En El Rancho Grande - Trio (Mexicano) Los Caribes
09 El Soldado de Levita - Trio Tenori 1961
10 Vrati Se Ljubavi Moja (Luna de Sierra Morena) - Vokalni Trio Jovanovic Dukic Tomljanovic 1959
11 Ya Me Voy - Trio Tenori 1961
12 Momak Veseljak - Vokalni Trio Jovanovic Dukic Tomljanovic 1961
13 El Jinete - Trio (Mexicano) Los Caribes 1959
14 El Huamuahuaqueno (Carnavalito) - Trio (Mexicano) Los Caribes)
15 Vedro Nebo (Cielito Lindo) - Trio Tividi 1961
16 Galopera - Vokalni Trio Jovanovic Dukic Tomljanovic 1958
17 Caminito de Tu Corazon (Ay Ay Ay) - Vokalni Trio Jovanovic Dukic Tomljanovic 1958
18 Ay Cosita Linda, Mama - Trio (Mexicano) Los Caribes 1959
19 Kad Mesec Nad Gradom Prode (Rayito de Luna) - Vokalni Trio Jovanovic Dukic Tomljanovic 1961
20 TRN (Espinita) - Trio Tividi 1961
21 Vredas Me Draga (No Me Ofendas) - Vokalni Trio Jovanovic Dukic Tomljanovic 1961
22 SRCE (Aguanta Corazon) - Trio Tividi 1961
23 Cielite Linde - Trio Tenori 1961
24 TI-PI-TIN - Trio Tividi 1961
25 Floresita De Mi Cielo - Vokalni Trio Jovanovic Dukic Tomljanovic 1958
01 Pepita de Mallorca - Kvartet Magnifico 1962
02 Me Voy Pal Pueblo -Kvartet Magnifico 1962
03 Koliko Njeznosti (Caminito de Tu Corazon) - Trio Tividi 1962
04 Historja Na Edna Lyubov (Historia de Un Amor) - Kvartet Magnifico 1962
05 Cuculiga (La Calandria) - Kvartet Magnifico 1962
06 Za Tebe (No Se Que Pasa Conmigo) - Volkalini Instrumentalni Ansambl Dragana Tomljanica 1962
07 Cuccurrucu Paloma - Kvartet Magnifico 1962
08 Galopera - Trio Tividi 1962
09 Divini Meksiko - Nikola Karovic 1962
10 Ja Pustolov (Yo Soy El Aventurero) - Slavko Perovic 1963
11 Pesma Majci (Entre Copa y Copa) - Kvartet Paloma 1963
12 Ljudi Me Pitaju (El Carretero) - Slavko Perovic i Trio Paloma 1963
13 Kad Cujes Trubu (La Adelita) - Slavko Perovic i Trio Paloma 1963
14 Maria Chuchena - Kvartet Magnifico 1962
15 Divna Guadalajara (Plejaria Guadalupana) - Slavko Perovic i Rade Maric
16 Moj Meksiko (Como Mexico No Hay Dos) - Slavko Perovic i Rade Maric 1963

17 Ti, Samo Ti (Tu, Solo Tu) - Kvartet Paloma 1963
18 Casa Gorkih Suza - Slavko Perovic 1963
 19 Utrkujem Se Sa Suncem (Alla En El Rancho Grnade) - Trio Tividi 1962
 20 Aj, Cavela (Ay Chabela) -Slavko Perovic 1964
 21 Guadalajara - Trio Tenori 1964
 22 Zaljubljeno Srce (Corazon Apasionado) - Slavko Perovic 1964
 23 El Triste - Trio Tenori 1964
 24 Ja Prodajem Crne Oci (Yo Vendo Unos Ojos Negros) - Slavko Perovic i Trio Tenori 1964
 25 El Tirador - Trio Tenori 1964
01 Jedan Dan Zivota (Las Mananitas Mexicanas) - Slavko Perovic 1966
02 Praznik U Meksiku (Cancion Mexican) - Ana Milosavljevic 1978
03. Granada - Los Aguilas 1981
04 Goak Mi Je Zivot , Majko (Amargado de La Vida - Kvartet Tenori 1966
05 Pesma Za Karabin (Carabina 30-30) -  Slavko Perovic 1966
06 Kad Je Vlodim Neka Patim (El Cantinera) - Ljubomir Milic i Paloma 1967
07 S Tugom U Srcu (En Mala Hora) - Kvartet Tenori 1966
08 Ja Sam Pravi Mksikanac (Soy Puro Mexicano) - Slavko Perovic 1966
09. Pajarillo de La Sierra - Los Aguilas 1983
10. Bez Tebe (Camino de Guanajuato) - Slavko Perovic 1967
11. Oprosti (Los Laureles) - Kvartet Tenori 1966
12 Pesma Iz Krecme (Llego Borracho El Borracho) - Ljubomir Milic i Paloma
13 Provatka Nema - Nikola Karovic i Slavko Perovic
14 Kraj Jedne Ljunavi (Me Equivoque Contigo) - Ana Milosavljevic 1978
15. Tamne Noci (La Feria de Las Flores) -Ljubomir Milic i Paloma 1981
16. Les Rejas No Matan - Los Aguilas 1981
17. Ljubimac Zena (Viva Quien Sabe Querer) - Ljubomir Milic i Paloma 1967
18. Nocas Nek Placu Gitare (Gritenme Piedras del Campo) - Dolores 1994
19. Zene Zene (Huy huy huy Mariposa)- Slavko Perovic 1975
20. Pesma Rastanka - Nikola Karovic 1980
21. Kako Da Ti Oprostim (No te puedo perdonar) - Ana Milosavljenic 1978
22. Serenata Huasteca - Los Aguilas 1981
23. Obuci Cu Haljnu Bijelu (Mi Ranchito) - Dolores 1994
24. La Cucaracha - Los Aguilas 1983
25. La Bamba/Jarabe Tapatio - Los Caballeros 2006
01 Meksiko - Ivo Robic 1958
02. Reca Da Me Volis (Te Quiero Dijeste)  - Ivo Robic 19511
03. Pjesma Golubice (La Golondrina) - Miljensko Sutlovic 1952
04. Vaya Con Dios - Olga Miljkovic 1954
05.Halisko (Ay Jalisco No Te Rajes)- Predrag Cune Gojkovic 1961
06. Sombrero - Trio Tividi 1961
07. Vrbe -Stefan Zaric 1966
08. El Paso - Rafko Irgolic
09. Marija Elena - Ivica Serfezi 1967
10. Plavusa - Krunoslav Slabinac 1969
11.  Vise Se Neces Vratiti - Miso Kovac 1969
12. Placem (Mama Huanita/La Mananitas Tapatias) - Pro Arte 1970
13. Jedan Dan Zivota (Las Mananitas Mexicanas) - Miso Kovac 1985
14. Ja Nemam Vise Razloga Da Zivim - Miso Kovac 1986
15. Hvala Duso Moja - Oliver Dragojevic 1987
16. Malo Mi Je Jedan Zivot S Tobom - Miso Kovac 1987
17. Ne Budite Me Danas - Doris Dragovic 1987
18. Casa Gorkih Suza - Dusko Lokin 1988
19. Mi Imamos Mnogos Problemos - Duo Pegla 1987
20. Ljeto Nam Se Vratillo - The Animators 1995
21. Neka Se Drugi Raduju - Oliver Dragojevic 1990
22. Ako Odem Prijatelji - Zlatko Pejakovic 1992
23. Pistolero - Paden Band 1993
24. Tu No Llores Mi Querida - Goran Karan i Oliver Dragojevic 1999
25. Moje Ludo Srce - Drazen Zecici i El Combo 2009
26. La Paloma - Ivo Robic 1969

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

William Onyeabor

Today I thought I would share some music from one of the most mysterious and best musicians to come out of the 70s-80s Nigerian music scene, William Onyeabor. I first heard his music a few years back and instantly became addicted though with the exception of a few songs there wasn't much material out there and there was absolutely no information out there on who William Onyeabor was. His music is very hard to describe almost a mix of Afro-Funk or Afro-Rock with way ahead of its time electronic that makes for an extremely unique sound. His music also used equipment such as synthesizers which at the time were way out of budget for the vast majority of African musicians and studios giving rise to the theory that Onyeabor was backed by someone "big" in Eastern Europe and thus the source of his money and equipment. Never the less through his music Onyeabor shows some amazing talent and creativity in making some amazing music. I usually like to upload full albums to the blog but this is one of those times when I will only upload a sample of a few songs. The reason for this being that independent label Luaka Bop just released the album "Who  is William Onyeabor?" and if you like the songs I am uploading here I highly encourage you to buy this album to support this label and encourage them to release more if this super rare material.

1. Better Change Your Mind
2. Atomic Bomb
3. When The Going is Smooth and Good


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Vicky & Lovy du Zaire 1970-1973

 It has been awhile since I last posted any music but I have been very busy with school recently and have had little time to upload music however there qas some spare time today so I hope everyone enjoys this post.
On a previous post here on the blog I mentioned that one of my favorite music genres is Congolese rumba and that one best artists I had found in this genre was Vicky & Lovy du Zaire. Today we have some more music from this amazing genre and group. I highly recommend this album if you enjoy rumba or would like to have an introduction to the genre.

 Invocation (Vicky Longomba)

 Eulalie Mwana Mandona (Vicky Longomba)

 Conseil d'Ami (Vicky Longomba)

 Balingi Basombela Ngai Liwa (Vicky Longomba)

 Marceline Mama na Bebe (Vicky Longomba)

 Thomas Kinshasa Monoko (Vicky Longomba)

 Nalingi nde Maloba Sukali (Vicky Longomba)

 Leonie Mbongo (Vicky Longomba)

 Atoini (Vicky Longomba)

 Ah Marie-Josée Bandeko (Vicky Longomba)

 Rendez-Vous na Zoo (Vicky Longomba)

 Lovy du Zaire (Vicky Longomba)

Bolingo Ekeyi na Motio (Youlou Mabiala)

Ba Suites ya Vatican (Youlou Mabiala)

Nakobala ata Mongamba (Mose Fanfan)