Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Champeta is the riotous Afro-Colombian street sound of Colombia's Caribbean coast - a powder-keg of rhythms from local slave descendents brewed together with Congolese soukous, Ghanaian highlife, and Nigerian Afro-beat.
Dirty Linen (p.87) - "The musicians delve into soukous, highlife, zouk and soca and mash things up in a celebratory style....The feeling of joyful exuberance does come through loud and clear."
Composers: Viviano Torres; Justo "Gele Gele" Valdez.
Personnel: Paulino "Batata" Salgado (vocals, drums); Justo "Gele Gele" Valdez, Luis Towers, Viviano Torres (vocals, background vocals); Ocean, Rey Valdez, Lucio Tejedor, Hadya Koyaute, Ocean, Enrique Marquez, Son Palenque, 3615 Code Niawu, Nyboma (vocals); Bopol Mansiamina (guitar, bass guitar); Dally Kimoko, Diblo Dibala, Caien Madoka, Rigo Star, Sékou Bembya Diabaté (guitar); Edgar Gutierrez (acoustic guitar, bass guitar); Edgar Gutierrez (acoustic guitar); Oscar Escobar 'Caco' (tiple); Alfonso Puello (tamboura, maracas); Henry Ortiz (accordion); Pacho Davila, Pacho Davila, Rafael Sandoval (saxophone); Copetin, Hugo Fernández Copetin (trumpet); Ramon Benítez (trombone, tuba); Gustavo Garcia 'Pantera' (trombone, background vocals); Gustavo Garcia (trombone); Vladimir Coronado, Vladimir Coronado (keyboards); Miguel Yamba (bass guitar); Guy Bilong (drums); Arnulfo Mendez (bata); Nicoyembe (guiro); Alonso Puello (maracas, tambora); Eduard Martinez, Eduardo Martinez (maracas); Tomas Valdez 'Familia', Roberto Coao, Tomás Valdéz, Roberto Coao, Chief Udoh Essiet (percussion); Melchor El Cruel, Erika , Adriana , Kassiva (background vocals); Jean Phillippe Dary (keyboards).
Audio Mixers: Lucas "Champeta-Man Original" Silva; Gustavo Rueda.
Liner Note Author: Lucas "Champeta-Man Original" Silva.
Recording information: Alfonso Abril, Bogota, Colombia; Hollywoodoo Studios, Paris, France; Paris, France; Studio Raplhy Polo, Cartagena, Colombia.
Editors: Lucas "Champeta-Man Original" Silva; Marisa Lassman.
Photographers: Lucas "Champeta-Man Original" Silva; Ingrid Filmhoffer; Youri Lenquette; Pierre Hybre.
Arrangers: Lucas "Champeta-Man Original" Silva; Bopol Mansiamina; Edgar Gutierrez; Gustavo Garcia.
Exemplifying the increasing cross-fertilization of global music genres, Champeta is the raucous Afro-Colombian street music of Colombia's Caribbean coast. Created by local descendents of African slaves, it incorporates elements of West African soukous and high life, as well as more local urban flavors such as ragga and compas. COLOMBIAFRICA is a pan-continental collaboration arranged by leading champeta exponent Lucas Silva. Fusing the energetic Latin rhythms of the Colombian players with the vibrant guitars of some of Afro-pop's biggest stars, this unique musical fusion brings champeta full circle, and back to its African roots.