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Latinos in London magazine  on 2018-03-02


Sonido Gallo Negro : Mambo Cosmico

Hailing from Mexico City, Sonido Gallo Negro's exhilarating third album continues their exploration into the psychedelic richness and rhythmic pulse of Amazonian cumbia while at the same reaching for new sounds and textures – such as mambo, cha cha, porro and danzon. Filled with frenetic, red-hot identities and sonorities, ‘Mambo Cósmico’ galvanizes the international reputation Sonido Gallo Negro has earned through their powerful concerts and earlier records - ‘Cumbia Salvaje’ (Savage Cumbia, 2011) and ‘Sendero Místico’ (Mystical Path, 2014 – released outside of Mexico by Glitterbeat). ‘Mambo Cósmico’ is a sonic collage that is not only musical, but also cultural and historical. This combo of nine musicians, seek out a new and unexpected musical cosmos that goes beyond their well-honed Mexican and Latin American influences. Their navigational charts point towards an additional synchronicity of sound and imagination with the Middle East, the Hispanic old world and Africa, as embedded within the Americas.

Here are a few album tracks to check out:

“Mambo Cósmico” is the psychedelic mambo that opens and names the album. To start with a mambo is to begin by sharing a new set of coordinates for the group: "I am your destiny, cosmic forces the explanation of the astrological tendencies that condition the forces in your Zodiac sign, listen..." states the recording that initiates the track and sets the route that will follow...

“Mambo Egipcio” is doubtlessly psychedelic, frantic, singular and Sonido Gallo Negro’s first mambo. It testifies that Cuban Dámaso Pérez Prado chose Mexico as the cradle of the genre - hip hip hooray! The album's artwork includes an illustration of the Egyptian Thot, God of music with its long-beaked avian head alluding to this piece.

“Tolú” is a porro by the 50’s Colombian musician Lucho Bermúdez. It is said that porro was born in the pre-Colombian era, and was played by indigenous gaiteros bands, and later enriched by African rhythms. Porros were also played exclusively with drums, voices and hand clapping. 

 

Sonido Gallo Negro (“Black Rooster Sound”) new album Mambo Cosmico, to be released in April 2018 on Glitterbeat. 

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