PIONEERS OF AFRO-COLOMBIAN MUSIC

LOS PIONEROS DE LA MÚSICA AFROCOLOMBIANA

Palenque Records es un sello disquero independiente, con sede en Colombia y Francia. Fue creado en 1997 por Lucas Silva, en Paris - capital virtual de Africa, y desde entonces se dedica a la producción de films y discos sobre la música tradicional afro-colombiana. En 1997, lanzamos el documental "Los Reyes Criollos de la Champeta" (La Huit Production, Paris 1998). Este fue el primer documental que dió a conocer la Champeta Criolla como fenómeno musical en el extranjero, e incluso en Colombia. Desde entonces, no hemos parado de trabajar en esta dirección.

En el año 2000, Lucas Silva realiza "Los Hijos de Benkos" (Les Films du Village-Rfo-Mezzo). Esta película es un homenaje al desaparecido percusionista Paulino Salgado "Batata", y a otros músicos celebres de San Basilio de Palenque. Durante el rodaje, trabajamos y grabamos con todos los grupos musicales de Palenque, entre ellos "Las Alegres Ambulancias" y el "Sexteto Tabalá".

En 1998, lanzamos al mercado nuestra primera producción: "Champeta Criolla, New African Music From Colombia" (Palenque Records-Night&Day). Era la primera vez que la Champeta salía de los barrios marginales de Cartagena, para acceder a un público internacional. La acogida fue excelente. Luego publicamos dos discos sobre la música tradicional de Palenque, y en particular el grupo Sexteto Tabalá: Sexteto Tabalá (Ocora - Harmonia Mundi); y "Sexteto Tabalá: Reyes del Son Afro-Colombiano" (Buda Records-Universal). Son grabaciones que dieron por primera vez a conocer el género del Son Palenquero, mezcla de Son Cubano con Cumbia y Bullerengue. Estos discos fueron grabados in situ, con la ayuda de un estudio mobil.

En 2002, sale al mercado una segunda compilación: Champeta Criolla Vol 2, Visionary Black Music from Underground Colombiáfrica (Palenque Records - Night& Day).

Durante cuatro años, trabajamos en la producción del primero y ultimo trabajo discográfico de Paulino Salgado "Batata", la leyenda del tambor afro-colombiano, que murió recientemente en Bogota. El disco "Batata y su Rumba Palenquera – Radio Bakongo” fue publicado en Abril del año 2003, por el sello alemán Network. La revista inglesa Song Lines lo puso entre los 50 mejores discos de música del mundo de todos los tiempos.

En Febrero 2004, lanzamos dos nuevas producciones: « Las Alegres Ambulancias - Música Funeraria de Palenque » (Buda Records / Universal) y el disco "Palenque San Basilio" (Ocora- Harmonia Mundi). Somos pioneros en nuestra actividad, y hemos abierto un espacio en el mundo para la musica afrocolombiana.

Nuestra misión es la de salvaguardar el patrimonio cultural afro-colombiano, y transmitirlo a las generaciones futuras. Los mejores músicos de nuestra tierra se encuentran en el olvido; es de vital importancia que su arte quede plasmado en una producción discográfica, pues estos ritmos y expresiones folclóricas son lo más valioso que tiene nuestra tierra.

En Enero del 2006, lanzamos un nuevo disco: “Colombia: Batata, el Legado del Palenque”, el 1er disco de la agrupación “Las Alegres Ambulancias”, en más de 80 años de existencia de este grupo ancestral, que nunca termina y se renueva con cada generación, para cantar en los velorios del pueblo.

Hoy en dia, Palenque Records es un equipo que trabaja infatigablemente por dar a descubrir lo nuevo y mas inedito de Afro-colombia y Africa. En el ano 2010 lanzamos conjuntamente con SOUNDWAY RECORDS el compilado PALENQUE PALENQUE, Champeta Criolla and Afro-Roots from Colombia, otro batazo mundial, con temas de antologia de la musica psicodélica afro-colombiana. En el ano 2011, la piedra angular de nuestro futuro mistico -musical : el primer LP del FARAON BANTU, Profecias del Emperador Bantu, en co-produccion con el sello Chusma Records ( Alemania). En Diciembre 2012, lanzamos el disco KAMAJANES DE LA MUSICA PALENQUERA, del legendario grupo SON PALENQUE.

Nuestro equipo es :

Lucas Silva - Producción musical y realización audiovisual

Najle Silva: Jefe de proyectos , Diseño Gráfico y fotografía

Diego Lenis: Web Master

Andres Aceves (Dj Mixticius) : asesoria , diseños y más: www.mixticius.net

CONTACTO: palenquerecords@yahoo.com

tel 3017570039 -skype champetaman

Saludando a nuestra gran inspiración el maestro SIR WARRIOR - y el gran Prince Adekunle en Nigeria

Para mas información sobre Palenque Records:

www.myspace.com/palenquerecords

www.myspace.com/sonpalenqueafrocolombia

www.myspace.com/alegresambulanciasdepalenque

PALENQUE RECORDS is a label specialized in Afro-Colombian music, founded in 1998 in Paris France, by Lucas Silva Dj Champeta-Man. Since then, we have released many records and we have changed the face of afro-colombian music, with a fusion of modern and traditional sounds. Our releases go from the very traditional genres of music, until the most modern and afro -electro beats, covering all ranges of black colombian music.

In 1996, Lucas Silva realeased the movie "THE CREOLES KINGS Of THE CHAMPETA" (30') in the town of Cartagena, in the Colombian Caribbean coast. This film was about the new tendencies of afro-Colombian music, with special focus on Champeta Criolla Style.Filming this documentary, hi could discover the richness of an afro-Colombian marginalized music, completely unknown from Colombia and the Andes and from the rest of the world.

Hi decided thus to create the Palenque Records label (called like this in homage to the village of San Basilio de Palenque), with the objective of making known the size of popular afro-Colombian music, which struggles in the poverty of everyday, and in the indifference of the media, too busy with other products "more commercial". Our first musical production was the Cd "CHAMPETA CRIOLLA, NEW AFRICAN MUSIC FROM COLOMBIA" (Palenque Records - Night & Day), published in October 98. It was the first time that this music was released abroad, and this compilation revealed to the world this unexpected musical movement.

In 1999 we published two new albums : "Champeta Criolla Vol 2 : Visionary Black Music from Underground Colombiafrica (Palenque Records - Night & Day), then "Sexteto Tabalá: Kings of Son Palenquero" (Buda records - Universal). Each album is the result of a long work of musical production and investigation, and is accompanied by a booklet written by myself, in which I give an account of all the investigations and the field work that I carried out, the whole presented in a modern, narrative and personal way.

The disc "Batata & his Rumba Palenquera - Radio Bakongo", was launched by the German label Network in April 2003. It was very well accepted by critics in Europe and in the United States. It was classified among the 50 best discs of World Music of all times by the English Review Song Lines, and one of the best discs of the year by the American review Latin Beat.

Unfortunately, in January 2004, Paulino Salgado died in Bogota, at 78 years old. "Radio Bakongo" is his only disc in solo, and it will remain for the generations to come like the musical testament from an exceptional artist.

In 2007, we released a new album, COLOMBIAFRICA THE MYSTIC ORCHESTRA, together with WORLD MUSIC NETWORK label(UK). Until today I thus realeased 11 discs of afro-Colombian music. Many magazines and other media of Europe, United States and Colombia, made heard about this musical work, with very positive critics.

The afro-Colombian culture is a cultural exception. Musicians and popular artists of my country are genius creators, but a few believe in them. For this reason it is advisable to impel a musical movement around their talent, to support and create an artistic movement of independent compositors who can build this future.

Our latets Releases are : PALENQUE PALENQUE (SOUNDWAY -PALENQUE RECORDS) , SEXTETO TABALA "CON UN SOLO PIE", FARAON BANTU VYNIL, together with CHUSMA RECORDS - GERMANY..and many more to come

Waite for more news over here , and lots of NEW RELEASES TO COME!!

ROOTS, VOODOOO & EMANCIPATION

sábado, 2 de noviembre de 2013

EL MARAVILLOSO MUNDO DE...ABELARDO CARBONÓ

EL MARAVILLOSO MUNDO DE...ABELARDO CARBONÓ   

 

 

 

Artist: ABELARDO CARBONÓ

Title: EL MARAVILLOSO MUNDO DE ABELARDO CARBONO
Label: Vampisoul &PALENQUE RECORDS
Cat #: VAMPI CD 141
Format: 2LP

Release date: September 16, 2013
HIGHLIGHTS
Abelardo Carbonó, the godfather of champeta, is a legendary Colombian musician who reached a pioneering creative peak in the 1980s with his recordings in the city of Barranquilla . His music knows no boundaries and draws from Afrobeat, highlife, cumbia, Haitian compas, psychedelia…
This compilation presents the ground-breaking and kaleidoscopical work of this unclassifiable artist: the wonderful world of Abelardo Carbonó and his Afro- Colombian psychedelic sound.
Compiled by Lucas Silva of Palenque Records and annotated by Etienne Sevet.

DESCRIPTION
Abelardo Carbonó, the godfather of champeta, was born in 1948 in Ciénaga, a small town between Santa Marta and Cartagena , Colombia . He started playing guitar when he was eight or nine, just playing along with his father. His family moved to Barranquilla in 1959. Upon his arrival, he quickly went to become a police cadet as it was pretty much all the city had to offer him in terms of earning one's life.
At the turn of the 80s, Abelardo had almost two decades of being in the police, a job he "wasn't very good at". With his brothers Jafeth (bass) and Abel (solo guitar), he progressively formed what was to become the nucleus of the bands to come, developing their signature: a sharp guitar, a strong bass and a choir that only brothers' voices can deliver. The tropical pop sound, the groaning voice, the drum kit, the mix of rockish and tropical guitar that one would hear later in Abelardo's work, were already visible in his personal way of playing Caribbean music in these early days.
Although tracks like 'A otro perro con ese hueso' may not be exactly developing the same kind of sound, there was already a resemblance in terms of format and arrangement. The vallenato cajón drum, a traditional feature one would rarely consider beyond vallenato circles, was used here and would be used extensively by Abelardo in various contexts. With its childish voices drowned in reverb, the swinging electric bass contrasting with the acoustic guitar, and the funny lyrics about a man who promises a lot as the choir rejects his affirmations, the tune stood out of a 12-song compilation released by Sonolux and gained Abelardo's band attention from the music industry.
Other tracks like 'Quiero a mi gente' and 'Schallcarri' seem to testify once again that Fela Kuti's "Shakara" had a huge impact on the musicians from the coast; the West African and French Caribbean influence became more and more obvious in the band's work, despite Abelardo claiming that he wasn't listening to radio, nor looking for records. In fact, the most decisive influence was the African and Afro Caribbean one: it ranged from the Super Negro Bantous to South African music, the 45s from Kenya and of course Congolese music, Cameroon , Ivory Coast , Haitian music, French West Indies... Funk and pop were also important, just as vallenato, cumbia and porro to name a few.
For several years, Abelardo enjoyed the savoir faire and experience of the best studios around and worked with producers such as the great Eduardo Dávila, some sort of costeño Lee Perry, out of which came out memorable sessions with collaborations by legends like Michi Sarmiento and several artists from the Dolcey Gutiérrez Orchestra. The groove was the law, and what a groove!
In his albums for Felito, Abelardo recorded such gems as 'Negra Kulenge', ' Palenque ' or ' Carolina ', magnified by a great sound and a unique mix. But, for some reason he cannot explain, the follow up to those albums was not, as one could expect, immediate. He recalls having trouble to handle the destiny of his band and actively promote it to find gigs. Instead he even went to the Guajira region as a policeman or to work for the coal mine, supposedly to teach music in the mining company's schools there.
The best of this boundless artist is yet to come. Europe and the rest of the world is finally about to discover the talent of this kind of Colombian Tom Zé. A man representing the psychedelic yet groovy side of the Caribbean musical world, one of the best kept secrets of Colombian music.

TRACKLIST
1. MUÉVELA
2. QUIERO A MI GENTE
3. LA NEGRA KULENGUE
4. LA NEGRA DEL NEGRERÍO
5. SCHALLCARRI
6. GUANA TANGULA
7. A OTRO PERRO CON ESE HUESO
8. CAROLINA
9. LA CERRADURA
10. SE ACABA LA PAZ
11. BAILE DEL INDIO
12. VIAJANDO
13. TE ACORDARÁS DE MÍ
14. LA PLAYA
15. GUAGUANCÓ MODERNO
16. OYE MUJÉ, MUJÉ
17. EJÉN EN ACORDEÓN

jueves, 13 de junio de 2013

GEKO JONES AND ATROPOLIS PRESENT: PALENQUE RECORDS REMIXED – OUT JUNE 25TH



GEKO JONES AND ATROPOLIS PRESENT: PALENQUE RECORDS REMIXED – OUT JUNE 25TH




Dutty Artz is proud to announce the release of a new compilation: Geko Jones and Atropolis present: Palenque Records Remixed. The compilation takes Afro-Colombian roots music from San Basilio de Palenque and re-imagines it in the hands of a host of global remixers.
San Basilio de Palenque is a small autonomous community in Northern Colombia on the outskirts of metropolitan Cartegena. The town was settled by African slaves who escaped bondage from Spanish masters in 1602, and is one of the oldest continually inhabited communities in the Americas. Its strategic geographic location has allowed it to be defended from attacks by outsiders throughout Colombiaʼs history. Its strong and unique local culture has forced subsequent governments to recognize the communityʼs continued contribution to Colombian national identity.
Like many maroon communities scattered throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, the culture of San Basilio de Palenque has a mix of African, European, and Indigenous American influences. However, the strong political identity of the community and its diaspora is unmistakably African. So its no wonder that when contemporary Afropop music started to make its way to the Colombian coast through vinyl LPs in the 1970s, it was the Palenqueros who first took up this music as a mark of community pride. Soon, Palenqueros and other Atlantic coast residents made up their own versions of the Afropop and Afro- Caribbean sounds they were hearing, resulting in the popular music called Champeta Criolla. In recent years, various incarnations of Colombian popular music, like Cumbia or Vallenato, have been well- publicized and celebrated internationally. However, the cultural music of San Basilio de Palenque, with an unbroken 400 year-old history that stretches back to the founding of the settlement, remains more obscured.
For the past decade or so, Palenque Records founder Lucas Silva has done field recordings in the town of San Basilio de Palenque of musicians such as Batata, Son Palenque, and Sexteto Tabala. To introduce this music to a wider club-going audience, Silva teamed up with Dutty Artz ambassadorsAtropolis and Geko Jones to curate a compilation of remixed works of Palenquero cultural music. The partnership was initiated when Atropolis met Silva, on a trip he took to San Basilio de Palenque with his New York DJ crew Cumba Mela, and the two of them decided to collaborate on a project. Geko Jones, a regular visitor to the Northern coast of Colombia and staunch advocate for Afro-Colombian music, came on board to help curate the compilation. Together, the two reached out to the Dutty Artz extended family for their remixes, with a host of talented producers such as Captain Planetwho turns in a wobbly pop banger, So Shifty who are on a hype German-soca tip, Matt Shadetek on a pensive melodic 6/8 run, and DJs Thornato and Chief Boima highlight the Congolese flavor that so inspires the Palenquero community. Geko Jones and Atropolis also submit their own productions, for an ultimate result that is a reflection of a continued cultural exchange that exists between New York and Colombia.
Tracklisting:
01 Calabongo (Thornato Remix) – Son Palenque02 Macaco Mata El Toro (So Shifty Remix) – Batata y Su Rumba Palenquera03 Esto es Candela (Captain Planet Remix) – Sexteto Tabala04 Un Solo Pie (Geko Jones & Atropolis Remix) – Sexteto Tabala05 No Habla Na (Chief Boima Remix) – Colombiafrica The Mystic Orchestra06 Chimbumbe (Atropolis Remix) – Son Palenque07 Ataole (Matt Shadetek Remix) – Batata08 Esto es Candela (Beat Laden Remix) – Sexteto Tabala09 Yo No Puedo Mas (Rafi El Remix) – Son Palenque10 Sambingo (Geko Jones Remix)” Estrellas del Caribe11 Macaco Mata El Toro (Reaganomics Remix) – Batata y Su Rumba Palenquera12 Adios Batata (Pyrotechnica Remix) – Son Palenque

                                              


miércoles, 3 de abril de 2013

sábado, 30 de marzo de 2013

Dj Champeta Man-Lucas Silva

Dj Champeta Man-Lucas Silva

Lucas Silva Dj Champeta Man the Son Palenque Vynil by Honest Jons

Lucas Silva Dj Champeta Man the Son Palenque Vynil by Honest Jons

SON PALENQUE -EUROPE TOUR 2011 - COPENHAGUEN - DENMARK

SON PALENQUE -EUROPE TOUR 2011 - COPENHAGUEN - DENMARK

SON PALENQUE

SON PALENQUE
NUEVO DISCO MUY PRONTO

BATATA Y Lucas Silva CHAMPETA MAN IN STUDIO -2002

BATATA Y Lucas Silva CHAMPETA MAN IN STUDIO -2002
more fire

BATATA y LUCas SILVA - grabando el disco RADIO BAKONGO- 2002

BATATA y LUCas SILVA - grabando el disco RADIO BAKONGO- 2002
foto camilo george

BATATA Y SU RUMBA PALENQUERA - RADIO BAKONGO

BATATA Y SU RUMBA PALENQUERA - RADIO BAKONGO
LABEL : NETWORK MEDIEN -GERMANY

PAULINO SALGADO BATATA - GRABANDO EL DISCO RADIO BAKONGO - 2002

PAULINO SALGADO BATATA - GRABANDO EL DISCO RADIO BAKONGO - 2002
FOTO CAMILO GEORGE

SEXTETO TABALA - REYES DEL SON PALENQUERO

SEXTETO TABALA - REYES DEL SON PALENQUERO
BUDA RECORDS -PALENQUE RECORDS

ABELARDO CARBONO

ABELARDO CARBONO

COLOMBIAFRICA - THE MYSTIC ORCHESTRA

COLOMBIAFRICA - THE MYSTIC ORCHESTRA
Design by Najle Silva -photo Youri Lenquette

PALENQUE RECORDS

PALENQUE RECORDS
EL SELLO MAS IRIE DE LA MUSICA AFROCOLOMBIANA - Y EL DE MAS MENSAJE

HOLLYWOODOO FILMS

HOLLYWOODOO FILMS
THE MYSTICAL MOVIES FROM AFRICA AND COLOMBIA

PICO EN CARTAGENA

PICO EN CARTAGENA
FOTO lucas silva

PALENQUE PALENQUE - CHAMPETA CRIOLLA & AFRO-ROOTS in COLOMBIA 1975-91

PALENQUE PALENQUE - CHAMPETA CRIOLLA & AFRO-ROOTS in COLOMBIA 1975-91
SOUNDWAY RECORDS/PALENQUE RECORDS

CHAMPETA CRIOLLA VOL 2 -VISIONARY BLACK MUSIC FROM UNDERGROUND COLOMBIAFRICA

CHAMPETA CRIOLLA VOL 2 -VISIONARY BLACK MUSIC FROM UNDERGROUND COLOMBIAFRICA
palenque records

VOODOO LOVE INNA CHAMPETALAND

VOODOO LOVE INNA CHAMPETALAND

SEXTETO TABALÁ

SEXTETO TABALÁ

CON UN SOLO PIÉ

CON UN SOLO PIÉ

SAN BASILIO DE PALENQUE

SAN BASILIO DE PALENQUE

FUEGO AFROCOLOMBIANO!

FUEGO AFROCOLOMBIANO!
PINTURA; MAESTRO LEONARDO AGUASLIMPIAS

PICÓ CARTAGENA 1996

PICÓ CARTAGENA 1996
foto: Lucas Silva

CHAMPETA CRIOLLA VOL 1 - EL VACILE EFECTIVO DE LA CHAMPETA CRIOLLA

CHAMPETA CRIOLLA VOL 1 - EL VACILE EFECTIVO DE LA CHAMPETA CRIOLLA
PALENQUE RECORDS 1998

ALFONSO CORDOBA EL BRUJO GRABANDO EN CALI

ALFONSO CORDOBA EL BRUJO GRABANDO EN CALI
Foto: NAJLE SILVA

Lucas Silva - DJ CHAMPETA MAN - fundador de Palenque Records

Lucas Silva - DJ CHAMPETA MAN - fundador de Palenque Records
LUCAS SILVA dj Champeta- Man

ALFONSO CORDOBA EL BRUJO - GRABACION DEL DISCO RAPSODIA NEGRA- CALI 2009

ALFONSO CORDOBA EL BRUJO - GRABACION DEL DISCO RAPSODIA NEGRA- CALI 2009
Foto: NAJLE SILVA

Lucas Silva - Dj champeta- man

Lucas Silva - Dj champeta- man
Lucas Silva Dj Champeta Man

Batata, Champeta-Man Y Ramón Benitez - Audiovision 2002

Batata, Champeta-Man Y Ramón Benitez - Audiovision 2002
Mystical Year

Lucas Silva - Dj Champeta Man -

Lucas Silva - Dj Champeta Man -

SONGLINES - ABOUT COLOMBIAFRICA, TOP OF THE WORLD 2007

SONGLINES - ABOUT COLOMBIAFRICA, TOP OF THE WORLD 2007