Synthesize the Soul: Astro-Atlantic Hypnotica
March 2, 2017 8:16 AM   Subscribe

"Via Bandcamp's Album of the Day blog: 'Synthesize the Soul: Astro-Atlantic Hypnotica From the Cape Verde Islands 1973-1988' By 1975, the Cape Verde islands and Guinea-Bissau were free from Portuguese rule, embarking on the long journey of post-colonial reformation. Throughout the next decade and a half, the cultural life of the Cape Verdean islands exploded, giving birth to a number of bands who took the islands’ traditional/indigenous styles and fused them with Portuguese fado (the folk music of Portugal’s urban poor and working class), while also taking influences from the rock and R&B sounds that had been coming over from the States.

"This eclectic mixture of musical ingredients helped produce a dynamic music community that would carry the spirit of the Cape Verde islands around the world.

"[The album] explores the broad range of electrifying music that blossomed up from this small cluster of islands. Primarily consisting of guitar-and-keyboard-driven, uptempo dance music, the tracks have strong stylistic resemblances to other musical styles of the Afro-Atlantic diaspora, most notably zouk music—as well as Trinidadian soca and the bachata music of the Dominican Republic."
posted by Celsius1414 (7 comments total) 29 users marked this as a favorite
Totally digging this...its been my work soundtrack today!
posted by The_Auditor at 9:36 AM on March 2, 2017 [1 favorite]

posted by Beardman at 10:15 AM on March 2, 2017

Sounds cool, thanks. Tavares of 'Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel," fame are of Cape Verdean-American extraction as well, IIRC.
posted by jonmc at 12:25 PM on March 2, 2017

Thanks for this!
posted by languagehat at 12:59 PM on March 2, 2017

Right, that's going to be my work soundtrack tomorrow.
posted by MartinWisse at 1:28 PM on March 2, 2017

This is soooooooo great. Love these crate-digger labels.

Here are some of my other favorites:
Laila Je T'aime (Sahel guitar music)
Turkish Freakout
Persian Funk
Cold Heat - Heavy Funk Rarities
posted by JoeBlubaugh at 8:34 PM on March 2, 2017

If you like this, don't miss out on Analog Africa's Space Echo - The Mystery Behind the Cosmic Sound of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed! .. as well as everything else they release.
posted by kmkrebs at 10:29 PM on March 2, 2017 [2 favorites]

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