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Panama! 2

Chart archive

Interpreter: Various Artists
Label: Soundway Rec
Location: Panama

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Panama - home of hats, a canal, Canoe Man and a whole lotta music going on. In fact the building of the afore-mentioned canal attracted a workforce from all over Latin America and the Caribbean, and this is in part the background to the vibrant contents of this historical overview of the 60s and 70s. After a hard day's canal-building, workers would put on their music heads and groove the night away to the exotic sounds of cumbia-funk from the Exciters and the salacious Afro-calypso of Lord Cobra. 'I love you more than you ever know, in most of my letters I have told you so', he reveals in his stunningly quotidian but highly rhythmic account of separation entitled 'Love Letters'.

Legions of legendary Panananian names, unknown to the rest of the world and obscure even by domestic standards, are to be found here. Cratediggers the world over hold their breath in homage to the grand-daddy cratedigger of them all, none other than Miles Cleret, who unearthed these cultural treasures.

MG/27.06.2009