The Homie Uproot Andy just released a mixtape. I've been really feelin' his remixes of Afro Columbian tunes, and when we met up in NY, he put me on to some real dope original Afro Colombian folk tracks.
The mix is called Guacharaca Migration. He told me that the instrument Guacharaca (what you here as a main percussive instrument in Cumbia/Vallenato) was named after a bird in Colombia and made to sound like the bird's call. The title is great (animals to instruments to computers) and LOL at the intro where you can here the original bird call makin' a real nice Cumbia groove. Click on album artwork below to download:
Plus, I am super gladee for him let me post some un dj-mixed tracks up here. First is his Merengue/Soca/Roots Reggae remix of Kingston Town by Albarosie.
Kingston Town (Uproot Andy Remix)-Albarosie
And here is a remix of Aki Special by African Highlife royalty, Prince Nico Mbarga, with the original so you can be the life of your next West African dance party.
Aki Special-Uproot Andy Remix
Aki Special (Original)-Prince Nico Mbarga