DJ: Mario Galeano (A.K.A. Frente Cumbiero)
MIXTAPE: A Mixtape Of Rare Colombian Music
We all know Colombia’s Mario Galeano as the producer behind the internationally successful Frente Cumbiero, and more recently as one half of Ondatrópica, the super-group he founded with Quantic. What some may not necessarily know is that before being a producer, Mario was an avid record collector, a full-time digger of rarities in vinyl format, and evidently he has a thing for golden-age Afro-Colombian sounds.
So, apparently Mr. Galeano was approached by Lulacruza (the Argentine/Colombian experimental ñu-cumbia dúo formerly based in the Bay Area, best known for contributing one track to the ZZK Sound Vol. 2) who commissioned this mixtape to be used as a promotional tool for their latest, most ambitious project yet: an album paired to a movie (more info here).
So, while we patiently wait for Ondatrópica‘s upcoming triple debut album (definitely the most hyped-up release of the year!) to drop sometime this summer, we can delight ourselves with the fine ear of Frente Cumbiero‘s Mario Galeano as a meticulous selector of über-rare Afro-Colombian tunes, with a clear emphasis on the percussion-heavy, more upbeat, side of the spectrum. It might be June, but this feels like carnaval in the Northern Coast all over again!