(Photo from Carlos Restrepo's Flickr account)
All Cumbia heads and Colombiaphiles must watch the documentary EL Acordeón del Diablo.
A friend let me borrow the DVD the other day and now I can't get it out of my head. This is the beginning of it:
One of the styles that I've been hearing out of Panama that most catches my ear has been what I hear as a Vallenatoish Reggaeton hybrid.
I dig Cumbia, but always also really loved Vallenato sound.
In Panama, the acordeón songs are called Pindin, and the dance is Típico, but are probably very influenced by the people of the valley since they are so close, and since Panama was part of Colombia until about 100 years ago.
Check out these vids:
Aldo Ranks-Las Pompas
Eddy Lover-Ya tu no vales la pena
Jimmy Bad Boy-Bailando
This music is so interesting to me right now. I wonder if Aldo Rank's shout to Colombia is acknowledging the two countries shared history, or perhaps acknowledging a population of Colombians in Panama.
As before I'm still intrigued by the Panama-Mexico connection. Colombian music has been popular in Mexico for years. Now, Mexico seems to really be on to Panama music, and even becoming a sort of proving ground for wider international success.
Click here for an amazing resource on Latin American acordeón musics.
Panmanian Típicoton: Real Phantom - Resignate