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.
Colombiafrica - The Mystic Orchestra: Justo "Gele Gele" Valdez, Luis Towers (vocals, background vocals); Viviano Torres (background vocals).
Personnel: Ocean, Ocean, Son Palenque, 3615 Code Niawu, Nyboma, Viviano Torres (vocals); Bopol Mansiamina (guitar, bass guitar); Edgar Gutierrez (acoustic guitar, bass guitar); Edgar Gutierrez (acoustic guitar); Oscar Escobar 'Caco' (tiple); Alfonso Puello (tamboura, maracas); Pacho Davila, Pacho Davila (saxophone); Copetin, Hugo Fernández Copetin (trumpet); Gustavo Garcia 'Pantera' (trombone, background vocals); Gustavo Garcia (trombone); Jean Philippe Dary, Vladimir Coronado, Vladimir Coronado, Jean Phillippe Dary (keyboards); Miguel Yamba (bass guitar); Arnulfo Mendez (bata); Nicoyembe (guiro, background vocals); Alonso Puello (maracas, tambora, unknown instrument); Eduard Martinez, Eduardo Martinez (maracas); Tomas Valdez 'Familia', Roberto Coao, Tomás Valdéz, Roberto Coao (percussion); Melchor El Cruel, Erika , Adriana , Kassiva (background vocals); Paulino "Batata" Salgado (vocals, drums); Rey Valdez, Lucio Tejedor, Hadya Koyaute, Enrique Marquez (vocals); Dally Kimoko, Diblo Dibala, Caien Madoka, Rigo Star, Sékou Bembya Diabaté (guitar); Henry Ortiz (accordion); Rafael Sandoval (saxophone); Ramon Benítez (trombone, tuba); Guy Bilong (drums); Chief Udoh Essiet (percussion).
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.