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Panama! Latin, Calypso and Funk on the Isthmus 1965-75
Released: 5/2006
Label: Soundway
Catalog #: 007
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Heavy tropical sounds from the Isthmus! Panama played host to many musicians from across the Caribbean to South America, laying down some of the best Latin, funk and calypso ever recorded -- long forgotten and unrepresented until now. Panama occupies a unique place both geographically and culturally within Central America and the Caribbean. The clubs and bars of Panama City and Colon would vibrate to sounds imported from Colombia, Jamaica, Trinidad, New Orleans, Miami and the Caribbean, all given the special Panamanian dressing. Soundways has dug deep to present a broad range of styles that run parallel to the development of soul and funk music in the US and the nascent salsa sound emerging from Miami, Cali and Baranquilla. The album covers heavy Latin descargas, raw calypsos, deep funk sounds and Caribbean soul -- all unavailable since they were first issued in tiny numbers thirty years ago. All tracks have been carefully re-mastered and sound as vibrant and relevant today as the day they were released. Includes in-depth liner notes, original cover scans and contemporary photos.

 
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