Album: Novalima, Coba Coba (Cumbancha)

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Like Gotan Project at their best, this Afro-Peruvian outfit takes the rhythmic and melodic forms of its traditional music – which dates back to slavery and Spanish colonial rule – and make something wholly vital and contemporary out them. You can hear the dry rattle of stick on donkey jaw bone, but also a sinuous bass guitar and a sparing use of echo, denoting a love of dub reggae. Guest vocalists come and go, but the best thing about this music are the muscular, idiosyncratic grooves.

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