Films and music and more photos
07.03.2007 -17 °C
The links below are all courtesy of youtube, which has a few films of mine, plus some music from South America.
1) This is the film of the samba street party which halted our tram ride in Rio.
2) A quick view from the top of Mount Tronador, on the Argentinan/Chilean border. We stayed in the small lodge that you can see at the start.
3) In Argentina, although tango is better known, the music that was seemingly everywhere was cumbia. It's been described as having the rhythm of a three-legged horse, and you could also say it's a bit cheesy. Anyway, this was the big summer hit when I was there. It's called "Bombón Asesino" (Killer Sweetie)
4) The other cumbia track I heard a lot, and started to quite like, was "No Me Arrepiento de Este Amor" by Gilda. Not sure what it means.
5) I listened to a lot of Rock Nacional in Argentina, and still popular is Gustavo Cerati, who was in an eighties band called Soda Stereo, complete with pushed up jacket sleeves and back-combed hair.
6) In Brazil I didn't get to know any particular song, but the name of the drumming that accompanies the Carnaval street parties is batucada, and it's extremely infectious. Here is an example I found on youtube, which gets going after a couple of minutes.
7) Colombia seemed to be the place where so many different sorts of music originate. One very popular style, the Vallenato, is an accordion based folk music from the northeast. This song is composed by a bit of a Vallenato legend, Alfredo Gutierrez, with a video that sort of works, if you forget the original tune that goes with it.
8) In Nicaragua I was lucky to be there for the annual celebration of their revolution, where I heard this song blasting out everywhere. It is the offical tune of the Sandanista party, now back in power.
9) Central America was where you could hear a lot more music in English. In Nicaragua one bar played non-stop Spanish versions of Western 80's songs. Here is one of them...