"Latin Noir" - Chango Spasiuk, Watcha Clan, Maurice El Médioni and More
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- Artist:Chango Spasiuk, Watcha Clan, Maurice El Médioni and More
- release year:2012
- catalogue numberPIR2648
Latin Noir invites the listener to an emotional discovery of melancholic rarities, both modern
Latin Noir presents the fifth edition of the exclusively packaged Série Noir by Piranha Musik in reference to an established genre for film literature, darkly illuminating life's brooding, melancholy landscapes.
The carefully selected 13 titles feature a selection of happy sad musical treasures from Cuba, Argentina, Colombia, New York and both sides of the Mediterranean Sea. If you are looking for hip shakin', hands - in - the - air party music for your next holiday cruise, this album is not for you.
Much rather Latin Noir pays a gloomy homage to a new generation of the wretched of the earth and their Sisyphean journeys between shipwreck and redemption, despair and hope.
Accordion master and Latin Grammy nominee Chango Spasiuk opens Latin Noir with a tango-like melancholy of Argentinian Chamamé music that fuses complex rhythms of African and Creole-Spanish immigrants with those of indigenous Mbya-Guaraní Indians and Middle European settlers.
The Cuban Guaracha „La Negra Tomasa“ tells a tale about the haunting powers of the Mandinga culture, a tune that was made popular around the world by the Buena Vista Social Club under the title „Mandinga“.
Bonus track „La Patera“ by Watcha Clan concludes the album's journey with an emotional lament about the boat-refugees who try to break the borders between Africa and Europe.
Latin Noir was curated by electro-jazz producer and DJ Sonia Brex between Catania and Berlin with a particular Sicilian perspective: The sea never reveals all its secrets...
"Deeply emotional journey." -Edition Magazine 2013-
"This compilation draws you in and quite brilliant; worth every penny." -Globetronica Jan 2013-
"The prominent tone of the compilation is a beautiful and melancholic one, a happiness-found-in-sadness that is rarely captured by any other genre. Jazz and blues do exploit the same idea, but rarely with such an extensively varied musical vocabulary and certainly not as effortless in their evocation this beautiful sadness in happiness, or perhaps instead contentment in sadness." -Musicosis Jan 2013-
"The various musical styles on this deeply emotional journey span from the earthy, almost tango-like melancholy of the North Argentinian accordion via longing love songs of the Cuban Trova to touching laments about boat-refugees in a modern Latin-Mediterranean tinge." -worldmusic.co.uk Jan 2013-
"The compilation includes rare musical treasures such as the Cuban guaracha 'La Negra Tomasa'..." -worldmusiccentral.org Dec 2012-
"A great album, well compiled and immensely enjoyable." -Louder Than War Jan 2013-
"The neat concept behind this collection of Latin-world tracks is to eschew the sunny and happy, and instead focus on the dark and moody. Even so, danceable rhythms are never far away..." - The Art Desk Febr 2013 -
„The songs collected are pretty lovely- specially Alfredo Gutiérrez’s lo-fi vintage vallenato ‘La Distancia’, a massive seven minutes of accordion riffing that might have been a model for the early Velvet Underground. There’s also the always interesting pianist Maurice el Médioni performing ‘Oh! Ma belle’ with drummer and trumpeter Robert Rodríguez. While the sequence and flow is haphazard, the basic idea- of an end-of-day beach vibe- is just too attractive to dismiss. Nothing much actually happens on a beach, if we’re honest, but it can sometimes be a sad space and this is a gorgeously gloomy soundtrack.”- Chris Moss April 2013 (songlines)-