Panama! Latin, Calypso & Funk On The Isthmus 1964-75

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really enjoying this compilation first listen through. i assume it's new? although amazon doesn't seem to list it for some reason.

i know nothing at all about panamanian music! maybe somebody in the know (RS?) can school me? and tell me if this comp is at all representative?

s1ocki (slutsky), Thursday, 11 May 2006 17:04 (fourteen years ago) link

that sounds really fun. was it compiled from a rare groove/hip hop pov? have you heard this? not panamanian, but good.

jäxøñ (jaxon), Thursday, 11 May 2006 17:09 (fourteen years ago) link

i've not! but that looks great.

tracklisting for panama! btw:

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

s1ocki (slutsky), Thursday, 11 May 2006 17:11 (fourteen years ago) link

i bought this LP the other day! i was inspired by hearing about this comp:

gear (gear), Thursday, 11 May 2006 17:13 (fourteen years ago) link

An incredible musical discovery -- and some really mindblowing grooves from a previously untapped source! As the title implies, Panama's a real crossroads of musical styles -- bits of Latin, funk, and other Caribbean influences -- all simmering together in the hot sun of the Isthmus, cooking up in grooves that are totally unique! The style here is still funk-based enough to appeal to fans of African or Brazilian grooves from the same period -- but there's lots of unusual instrumental touches, twists, and turns that really make these tracks sparkle -- a bit like some of the work from Belize on Numero's groundbreaking collection! As always with Soundway, the collection of tracks is no mistake -- and each tune is presented with notes on the material and other helpful details -- all to enforce the groove-conscious collection of music! Plenty funky throughout.


gear (gear), Thursday, 11 May 2006 17:15 (fourteen years ago) link

oh man, london is the place for me is an amazing comp!! do you have it gear?

s1ocki (slutsky), Thursday, 11 May 2006 17:18 (fourteen years ago) link

there's two "sequels" to it too

s1ocki (slutsky), Thursday, 11 May 2006 17:19 (fourteen years ago) link

I knew this was coming out, but that's about it. A lot of people claim it was the first place where Spanish language reggae was produced (notably by El General), proto-reggaeton. (Some Panamanians apparently say that the Colombians did Spanish reggae before Panama did.) Otherwise, Panama produces some good soneros, notably Ruben Blades and Azuquita (but also some others, I think, that I can't think of so quickly). Aside from El General and some Panamanian salseros, I don't know anything. I don't recognize any of those names.

Rockist_Scientist (RSLaRue), Thursday, 11 May 2006 17:19 (fourteen years ago) link

i do not have it, but i have access to it!

gear (gear), Thursday, 11 May 2006 17:28 (fourteen years ago) link

well you should definitely "access" it!

s1ocki (slutsky), Thursday, 11 May 2006 17:29 (fourteen years ago) link

i shall!

i've got an unhealthy taste for comps like this, ones with titles like heading in the right direction: soul-jazz from australia 1973-1978 or tilling the soil: funk on the great plains 1968-1977 or how you say...groovy? organ jazz from the soviet union, 1959-1971

gear (gear), Thursday, 11 May 2006 17:33 (fourteen years ago) link

totally, me too

s1ocki (slutsky), Thursday, 11 May 2006 17:37 (fourteen years ago) link

It's almost worth a thread to make up fake comp titles like those! The Panamanian one sounds great -- I heard some great stuff on jukeboxes & radio there in the early 80s, but the one cassette I bought during my two weeks there fell victim to a boombox long ago. It was mostly salsa, but other styles, too. The Exciters were one of the bands on it.

brianiast (briania), Thursday, 11 May 2006 17:47 (fourteen years ago) link

For people who know Spanish, this books is supposed to be good:;;410

It's focused on Panamanian salsa, but I think it does delve into some other types of music as well. Of course, if we all knew Spanish we would probably know a little bit more about Panamanian music than we do (or at least know where to go to find out more).

Rockist_Scientist (RSLaRue), Thursday, 11 May 2006 18:33 (fourteen years ago) link

with a side of chips: panamanian salsa 1964-1972

gear (gear), Thursday, 11 May 2006 19:30 (fourteen years ago) link

This comp indeed looks great.

They're up to Vol 3 in the London is the Place for Me series -- I've not heard it but it looks like it'll be as good as the other two, which are fantastic.

TRG (TRG), Thursday, 11 May 2006 19:36 (fourteen years ago) link

Mentioned above but worth mentioning again because it's superfun goodgood times, with a mixture of 2nd-hand, filtered American r&b from the 60s/70s and Carribean rhythms. Cult Cargo : Belize City Boil Up

jergins (jergins), Thursday, 11 May 2006 19:47 (fourteen years ago) link

At a quick listen to these audio clips, I want the CD, but I'd also say some of this sounds like early salsa, or late mambo, and some of it sounds like boogaloo. Sounds pretty fabulous overall. If you like this, you might like some Joe Cuba. Some of it also reminds me of the type of things on Lost Classics of Salsa, Vol. 1, which is good.

Rockist_Scientist (RSLaRue), Thursday, 25 May 2006 17:28 (fourteen years ago) link

Also, I see that Pura Salsa by Azuquita (who is originally from Panama) has been reissued, and if you like the type of stuff that seems to be on Panama!, you might also like that. It's from the mid-70s but it still sort of splits the difference between salsa and boogaloo/Latin salsa (despite its title). I'm not sure how distinctly Panamanian it is (I think it's the usual bunch of Fania musicians), but Azuquita is worth checking out.

Rockist_Scientist (RSLaRue), Saturday, 27 May 2006 12:09 (fourteen years ago) link

ten months pass...
Any new ones I should know about?

These two are still on my list:
Steam Kodok: 26 A Go-go Rarities From 60's Singaporte
Miami Sound: Rare Funk and Soul 1967-1974

jergïns, Tuesday, 10 April 2007 09:29 (thirteen years ago) link

'Colombia! The golden age of Discos Fuentes, the Powerhouse of Colombian music' on soundway is good.

stirmonster, Tuesday, 10 April 2007 12:03 (thirteen years ago) link

one year passes...

ya that was floating around the office the other day

s1ocki, Friday, 12 December 2008 07:17 (eleven years ago) link

eleven months pass...

Anyone heard volume 3?

Daniel, Esq., Monday, 23 November 2009 00:58 (ten years ago) link

one year passes...


40% chill and 100% negative (Tracer Hand), Friday, 13 May 2011 08:38 (nine years ago) link

eight years pass...

found vol. 3 for cheap in the used bin. it's fucking great, front to back !

one of the strongest tracks (imo) goes for crazy money on the secondhand market:

now i need to track down the first two volumes ...

budo jeru, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 23:46 (eight months ago) link

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