Magazine article New Internationalist

El Callegüeso Y Su Mala Maña

Magazine article New Internationalist

El Callegüeso Y Su Mala Maña

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El Callegüeso y su Mala Maña

by La Mambanegra (Movimientos Records, MOV 012, CD, LP and digital)

There's energy enough in La Mambanegra's expanded salsa to power a national grid. The Colombian orchestra may take pointers from vintage Nuyorican salsa and a measure of James Brown-inspired soul funk brass, but the exhilaratingly fierce style of El Callegüeso y su Mala Maña is very much its own thing.

Led by Jacobo Velez, this album establishes a fast tempo from the very start. 'Puro Potenkem' is a strippeddown rhythm - the hard edges owe something to hiphop production values - with Velez corralling the mighty muscle of his nine-strong orchestra with a call-and-response dynamic that sizzles. The brass and rim-shot percussive power are constants throughout El Callegüeso, with the rhythm lines becoming more densely woven as it progresses. …

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