. issue XVIII : vii .

by barathron

. artist : aberlardo carbono .
. album : el maravilloso mundo de abelardo carbono .
. year : 2013 .
. label : vampisoul .
. grade : a plus .


There’s a massive re-examination of Colombian music now underway, spurred by the work of crate-diggers who are unearthing a trove of fabulous recordings to which the rest of the world had, until recently, paid scant attention. Add Abelardo Carbono to that list. He’s a former policeman from Barranquilla who in the 1980’s helped develop the genre we now call champeta – Afro-Colombian rhythms fused with sounds from the crates of records that entered Colombia’s largest Caribbean port and became hits with the country’s picos (mobile sound systems): Nigerian Afrobeat, Congolese soukous, Cuban mambo, Ivoirean ziglibithi, Haitian compas, American funk and psych-rock, … pretty much anything groovy under the sun. Carbono is a syncretic master: check out “Muevela,” “La Negra Kulengue” and “Carolina” to hear his stew with all ingredients included. His Latinized takes on Afrobeat are brilliant: try “Quiero a mi Gente” and “Schallcarri.” Add electronic beats and champeta becomes terapia: “Baile del Indio” and “Ejen en Acordeon” are excellent examples. Another great find from the bottomless well of Colombian music.

by Bill Lupoletti