|Carlos Nino in London, UK|
|Press Release on 2016-12-01|
Edited by Russ Slater, Sounds and colours' Argentina's book is proving that Argentina is far more than tango, Nobel laureates, Maradona and a good steak, our latest publication takes the reader on a unique cultural trip through the country. Sure, you'll find some of Argentina's cultural icons within (Borges, the legends of rock, etc.) but you'll also discover the resurgence of folk culture, 'barrio' music scenes, activist art, revolutionary cinema and visionary literature, Afro-Argentine and indigenous instigators, artistic, political and social movements, as well as some of the finest new authors, musicians, artists and journalists the country has to offer.
Sounds and Colours Argentina is the fourth publication from Sounds and Colours, following titles on Colombia, Brazil and Peru. As well as a 200-page book full of articles, photos and illustrations, it's a 16-track compilation of new Argentine music, highlighting the incredibly vibrant music being made in Buenos Aires, La Plata, Córdoba, Mendoza, Patagonia and across the country.
Highlights from the book include:
Focus on barrio music, detailing the rock and cumbia music scenes that are hugely popular in working-class neighbourhoods of Argentina photo essays on isolation in Patagonia and the fervour of Gualeguaychú carnival; extended essay on the Argentine groups that, knowingly or not, pushed the limits of experimental rock in the 60s and 70s; exclusive comic book; extracts by Ezequiel Garcia, as well as illustrations from Lee Hodges, Sebastian Litmanovich, Vivian Mota, Santi Pozzi and Clara Trucco section devoted to the impact of Patagonia's geography on film, literature and music; extensive articles looking at the impact of Afro-Argentines and indigenous groups on the country's culture, and how these cultures are coming back to the fore articles addressing social protest movements such as those led by the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo and the Taller Popular de Serigrafía special section devoted to urban arts including hip-hop and street art plus features on architecture, the BKF Chair, Third Cinema, the unusual court case involving Jorge Luis Borges, film noir classics, art and music collectives in La Plata, zamba, the Cosquín folk festival and incendiary authors Iosi Havilio and Cesar Aira.
The book comes with a 16-track compilation featuring new Argentine music from across the country, showcasing a variety of styles including indie, pop, experimental, folk, nueva canción, electronica and IDM. Featured artists include Sara Hebe, Los Espiritus, Soema Montenegro, Lulacruza, Julio y Agosto, Faauna, Shaman Y Los Pilares de La Creación and Alan Courtis.