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Saturday, January 2, 2010 Options
Cumbia at the Bell House: Very Be Careful + Chicha Libre

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Chicha Libre (photo: Chris Smith), Very Be Careful (photo: Alexis Hunt).

Recorded live, two bands centered on the cumbia style but in very different ways: New York's own Chicha Libre, who have single-handedly resurrected the 60s / 70s surf-guitar-influenced Peruvian variant of cumbia called chicha. And LA's uproarious Very Be Careful (VBC), who careen through raw accordion-driven coastal Colombian vallenato-style cumbias.

We taped this holiday double-bill at the Bell House in Gowanus, Brooklyn during the 2009 installment of VBC's annual 4th of July weekend tour of NYC. (VBC is especially renowned for its annual 4th of July Brooklyn rooftop party, "Cumbia Under The Sparks”. For info contact the band via its website,

VBC is playing gigs in California now and heading off to Japan later this month, but you can catch Chicha Libre most Monday nights its home base, Barbes in Park Slope and also playing APAP (Arts Presenters Conference - more on this below) showcase concerts at 92y Tribeca on Jan 8 and the Highline Ballroom Jan 10. The band has several cds to its credit and a new one to be released on February 9 on the Barbes record label.

The APAP conference annually attracts a slew of world musicky (as well as other) artists who come to town to play showcase concerts. Globalfest at Webster Hall on Sunday January 10 is the highest profile but there are a bunch more - and I have many listed on my NYC / northern NJ metro events listing page, There are also many showcases that will take place around the clock at the conference site, the Hilton New York, 1335 Avenue of the Americas from January 8-12 and they are free and open to the public - conference registration is not required.

Big thanks to our engineering and production crew for this recording and broadcast: Scott Konzelmann, Irene Trudel, Jason Sigal and Scott Williams.

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Juaneco y Su Combo: Dale Juaneco Options / Juaneco y Su Combo / Barbes

Chicha Libre: Live at the Bell House, Brooklyn, NY, July 5, 2009 Options

Conjunto Tipico Vallenato: Cumbia Cienaguera Options / Various Artists: Cumbia, Cumbia / World Circuit

Carlos Vives: La Gota Fria Options / Clasicos de la Provincia / EMI
"La Gota Fria" = "The Cold Drop"

Blanquito Man, Control Machete, Celso Piña: Cumbia Sobre el Rio Options / Various Artists: Babel - Music From And Inspired By The Motion Picture / Concord

Very Be Careful: Live at the Bell House, Brooklyn, NY, July 5, 2009 Options

Cuban Cowboys: Liberace Afternoon Options / The Devil's Dance / *

Samba Mapangala: Les Goriles Options / Single / *
World Wildlife Fund Benefit / Awareness song

Nguyên Lê: Trống Com Options / Tales From Viêt-Nam / Blue Jackel

Listener comments!

  Sat. 1/2/10 6:15pm annie:

i'm here...!!
  Sat. 1/2/10 6:18pm Bad Ronald:

Hey Annie, happy new year! Love the new wallpaper Rob as well as the show!
  Sat. 1/2/10 6:18pm Your DJ:

Hi Annie, happy new year, great to have you aboard!
  Sat. 1/2/10 6:19pm Your DJ:

Happy new year to you Bad Ronald!
  Sat. 1/2/10 6:20pm annie:

yup, i am here!! not sure if i was gonna remember! this is very nice. ! hey BR! happy new year...
  Sat. 1/2/10 6:32pm Bad Ronald:

That sounds great Rob, I'd like a pair if possible. Thanks!
  Sat. 1/2/10 6:35pm Blanka Amezkua:

Great show (as usual) ! Please enter me for the ticket give away!!

  Sat. 1/2/10 6:41pm Your DJ:

We have our winners for the Jan 10 / Webster Hall Globalfest giveaway!
  Sat. 1/2/10 7:04pm Bad Ronald:

Got it, thanks again!
  Sat. 1/2/10 7:09pm Your DJ:

¡De nada!
  Sat. 1/2/10 7:22pm annie:

this stuff is great for doing the crossword puzzle!
  Sat. 1/2/10 7:26pm Your DJ:

Good to know! Perhaps even better for Spanish crossword puzzles - ?
  Sat. 1/2/10 7:29pm annie:

ha!! well, no... these are british coded crosswords. you only get a couple letters and you have to fill in the whole grid... no clues
  Sat. 1/2/10 7:35pm Your DJ:

Ah, serious stuff - good luck!
  Sat. 1/2/10 7:55pm annie:

yeah, i've already done five of them.. ... this last one has no letters placed at all.. but, yeah, it's great !!
  Sat. 1/2/10 8:18pm seang:

a shout out to los colombianos en East Boston! Andele!
  Sat. 1/2/10 8:32pm texas scott:

love this Columbian stuff!
  Sun. 1/3/10 6:59am dirk zaffer:

happy new year to all - from belgium !
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