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Traditional Music From Panama
Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, Pop
Panama is a music lover's--and a musicologist's--dream: the tiny country sits among the Caribbean and Central and South America. While admixtures of music styles particular to these regions are almost guaranteed to be comp... more »
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Panama is a music lover's--and a musicologist's--dream: the tiny country sits among the Caribbean and Central and South America. While admixtures of music styles particular to these regions are almost guaranteed to be compelling in any form, this collection presents a twist. All the songs come from styles native to the still-rural Azuero Peninsula, where most of the 11 musicians and eight vocalists originate. The region's music unfolds across a percussive bed that reveals African cultural remnants and an overall Afro-Caribbean sense of rhythm. But across the rhythms, played on upright hand drums (the pujador and repicador) and smaller, higher-pitched stick-played drums (the caja), is the distinctly "Latin"-flavored mejorana, a five-string guitar that looks and sounds a bit like a ukulele. Atop the instruments is a shifting set of vocals, from the mournful solo Spanish singing to the wailing antiphony of a soloist and chorus, both of whom perform outside Western harmonic scales, often in a shouting style. Producer Nigel Gallop has captured a huge swath of music, amazingly played by the same set of musicians throughout. --Andrew Bartlett
Authentic Panamenian Folklore!
P. Kelso | Washington DC | 12/31/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This CD trully presents the authentic music from Panama. I am a panamenian and absolutely LOVE this CD!"
Los de Los Santos
DAVID ESTRELLA | Boston, MA U.S.A. | 02/17/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This music is bringing me memories back when I was only a kid, in the summer I spent school vacation time in the Panama country side and I heard this music before. I'm 58 now but with this music I feel like a 8 years old kid. I'm very pleased with this wonderful and original Panama's folclore music."
Authentic sounds from the Republic of Panama
Felix Vergara (firstname.lastname@example.org) | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA | 05/02/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The sounds heard in the samples are representative of the folkloric panamenian music. It sounds in the best tradition of the Azuero peninsula. Is a jewell for anybody interested in authentic sounds and interpretation from the Republic of Panama. The voices sound as the tradition recommends. The instruments (percussion and melodic) are really played in the most pure and traditional styles from that country, where I was born."