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Panama: Latin, Calypso and Funk on the Isthmus 1965-75

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  • Audio CD (April 25, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Soundway
  • ASIN: B000BDGW3A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,270 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Panama Esta Bueno y Ma - Los Exagerados
2. Exciters Theme - Exciters
3. Nana Nina - Bush & Sus Magnificos
4. Soy Solo Para Ti - Boa, Victor & Su Musica
5. Maltrato - Freddy & Sus Afro Latinos
6. Viva Panama - Brandao, Papi & Sus Ejecutivos
7. Old Buzzard - Los Silvertones
8. El Mensaje - Los Fabulosos Festivals
9. New Bag - Exciters
10. Descarga Tentacion - Bolita & Su Tentacion Latina
11. Con Los Caballeros - Los Caballeros De Colon
12. Let Me Do My Thing - Los Dinamicos Exciters
13. Viva Tirado - Los Mozambiques
14. Mambologia - Rodriguez, Maximo & Sus Estrellas Panamenas 15. Rocombey - Lord Cobra & Pana Afro Sounds

Editorial Reviews

Heavy tropical sounds from the Isthmus! Panama played host to many musicians from across the Caribbean to South America, laying down some of the best Latin, funk and calypso ever recorded -- long forgotten and unrepresented until now! Soundway continues its mission to expose the best in funk, Latin and Afro music from Africa, the Caribbean and South America by introducing the likes of the The Exciters, Victor Boa and Lord Cobra once again, giving them the exposure and recognition they deserve. Panama occupies a unique place both geographically and culturally within Central America and the Caribbean. The clubs and bars of Panama City and Colon would vibrate to sounds imported from Colombia, Jamaica, Trinidad, New Orleans, Miami and the Caribbean, all given the special Panamanian dressing. We have dug deep to present a broad range of styles that run parallel to the development of soul and funk music in the US and the nascent salsa sound emerging from Miami, Cali and Baranquilla. The album covers heavy Latin descargas, raw calypsos, deep funk sounds and Caribbean soul -- all unavailable since they were first issued in tiny numbers thirty years ago! All tracks have been carefully licensed and re-mastered and sound as vibrant and relevant today as the day they were released. This album represents an important departure for Soundway as their first full-length collection of music from outside the African continent. It is a continuation of their aims to expose overlooked styles and sounds from different parts of the world and bring together the disparate strands that make up the rhythms of African, Latin and Caribbean music. Packed with in-depth liner notes, original cover scans and contemporary photos.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ariel Perez Price on August 2, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is just great music. The producer has made a tastefully selection in each track of the compilation. The result, is nothing less than a magnificent overview of the diversity of Panamanian music. A diversity that can only be trace to the multiethnic background of the people of the isthmus. You can enjoy pure original soul music (tracks 12, 9, 2 ) with such a good quality that can easily be compare with that produced by Afro-American legends...Panamanian Calypso is gratefully vindicated by Lord Cobra, probably the most important calypsonian of the Caribbean during the sixties and seventies. His version of "Rocombey" is just amazing. In the other hand, you can find original and exclusive Salsa Music.... In my opinion this is the Panamanian version of Buena Vista Social Club..... Don't miss it....
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. Varela on July 31, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I was born in 1976, so i guess i missed all of this, i am from Panama and i can honestly say that this album blew my mind, being a music enthusiast i am always searching for seventies combos nacionales music and had heard some funk and calypsos from the country, but this pieces i didn't know existed until i bought this cd.

If you want to know just how good Panamenian music can be, this is where you should start.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Julio J. Trelles on July 4, 2009
Format: MP3 Music
Nowadays when you hear about Panama's music, you only hear about Ruben Blades' salsa (which is great) and Reggae dancehall, Reggaeton, Spanish Reggae but there's a lot more than that.

Music in the Isthmus of Panama can be traced to the 1500's (Panama City was founded in 1519) when Spaniards (many of them from Seville) came to conquer the American continent brought their culture and traditions, including their music. E.g.: the Saloma (guttural/vocal sometimes poetic expressions of farmers) are directly connected to Sevillian traditions. Later on when black people was brought as slaves from Africa, they came with their musical traditions and mixed it up with Spanish and Native music; creating back in the 1500's a strong cultural identity based on diversity.

In early 1800's more influences were added to the musical tradition of Panama when people from the West Indies and other parts came to Panama to work in the construction of the first trans-continental railroad. By the end of the century, precisely in 1881 the French company "Compagnie Universal du Canal Interoceanique", led by Ferdinand de Lesseps, started to build a Canal across Panama; and many of the workers came from the West Indies mainly from Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad, Martinique and Guadeloupe; these Afro-Caribbean people brought their music as well. More or less at the same time people from around the globe arrived to Colon City on the Atlantic coast (the forced path from NYC to San Francisco) during to the California gold rush, establishing bars and cabarets bringing new music from the United States such as Jazz, Blues, Folk, etc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bud Tristano on November 7, 2011
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... especially since the California gold rush. Previously (for a few centuries) there had been a cultural mixing of Old World Spain and the various indigenous tribes. In the 1800s, the Industrial Revolution spawned technological marvels like the Panama Railroad and later (1900s), the Panama Canal. Labor (voluntary and otherwise) came from everywhere and eventually produced a multi-cultural mix of music. With the explosion of mass media (where it concerns popular music) in the 1960s and 70s, Panamanian music groups, "Combos Nacionales", blossomed on the isthmus, to which a three volume set is dedicated. (Hopefully more compilations are in the works.)

All of these CDs have extremely well-written liner notes by the main compiler, Roberto Ernesto Gyemant, and he adds a personal touch. His tales of the people he meets while searching for music make for great story-telling. Many archival photos are included in the CD booklet as well. Sr. Gyemant has spent a lot of time searching all over Panama for vinyl records, including overseeing the digital transfers, which are top notch. All of the music is great! There is a depth of feeling here for the uninitiated - we are mining a deep well indeed. Muchas gracias to Roberto, wherever he is! So anyway, which volume of the set do you want? Let me help you pick one:

Volume 1 is the most "urban" - there is a more North American Soul/R&B influence in the songs (the US Armed Forces' SCN radio had an impact after all). Volume 2 seems to have the most "rural" Panamanian feel - indigenous sounds from the interior - música típica - that kind of stuff. And Volume 3 has a more Caribbean feel to it. (If I were a musicologist I would say "Afro-Antillean" à la the liner notes.
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