Crammed Discs is pleased to present Pelao
, the first full length recording by La Chiva Gantiva. This album includes 11 titles, sung in Spanish, French, and sometimes in a strange mixture of the two languages. In addition to other subjects, the lyrics seek to deconstruct the clichés that circulate about Latin-American cultures. Pelao
(which equally means kid, hairless, or even broke), is produced by Richard Blair, an English producer living in Colombia. In addition to his work as an engineer for Peter Gabriel (Us & Blood of Eden) and Real World Recordings, Mr. Blair is, with his project Sidestepper, one of the major players in the Columbian Digital Cumbia scene. The mutual sources of inspiration of the producer and the group and the irony of reverse immigrations (the Columbians in Brussels and the Englishman in Bogota), make for an ideal collaboration between musicians and producer.