The Buena Vibra Sound System

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
The term "sound system" derives from the open-air dances that began in 1950s Jamaica and remain popular today, and it usually suggests music with some relationship to reggae. So when the first track of Sidestepper's album sounds more like something from Buena Vista Social Club than a Kingston dancehall, the effect is both startling and intriguing. And things get even more intriguing when the next track, titled "Mas Papaya," turns out to be straight-up dancehall reggae with backing vocals sung in Spanish. Other tracks don't fit into any clear genre designation: "Que Sera" is sung in Spanish, but is built on a rhythmic foundation that is as compellingly danceable as it is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
The term "sound system" derives from the open-air dances that began in 1950s Jamaica and remain popular today, and it usually suggests music with some relationship to reggae. So when the first track of Sidestepper's album sounds more like something from Buena Vista Social Club than a Kingston dancehall, the effect is both startling and intriguing. And things get even more intriguing when the next track, titled "Mas Papaya," turns out to be straight-up dancehall reggae with backing vocals sung in Spanish. Other tracks don't fit into any clear genre designation: "Que Sera" is sung in Spanish, but is built on a rhythmic foundation that is as compellingly danceable as it is unique, and "San Juan" combines a gloriously sweet melody with a stutter-step electro beat and Latin percussion to brilliant effect. The man behind all this willfully strange eclecticism is British DJ Richard Blair, who used his status as an outsider to unite musicians from the usually antagonistic costeño and Bogota populations and create a style of music that has never before been heard in Colombia or anywhere else. The result is a complete triumph and an equal joy for listening or dancing. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/5/2008
  • Label: Palm Pictures (Audio
  • UPC: 660200213824
  • Catalog Number: 2138
  • Sales rank: 117,376

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sidestepper (1:36)
  2. 2 Mas Papaya (5:27)
  3. 3 Que Sera (5:28)
  4. 4 Me Voy Andando (1:56)
  5. 5 Deja Soft (4:32)
  6. 6 San Juan (5:04)
  7. 7 La Bara Ratin (6:06)
  8. 8 Me Voy Tripeando (3:12)
  9. 9 Chimical (0:56)
  10. 10 Hoy Tenemos (4:56)
  11. 11 La Paloma (6:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sidestepper Primary Artist
Richard Blair Keyboards
Ramon Benitez Trombone
Roberto Cuao Percussion
Juan de Luque Choir, Chorus
Ernesto "Teto" Ocampo Guitar
Mick Ball Trumpet
Johana Marin Choir, Chorus
Jimena Ángel Choir, Chorus
Sergio Arias Vocals, Lead
Iván Benavides Vocals, Lead
Janio Coronado Choir, Chorus
Dayhan Diaz Conde Trumpet
Kike Egurrola Drums
Adriana Ferrer Choir, Chorus
Gloria Martinez Choir, Chorus
Liliana Montes Choir, Chorus
Erika Muñoz Choir, Chorus
Jacobo Velez Clarinet
Technical Credits
Richard Blair Programming, Producer, Engineer, Remixing
Freddy Jimenez Engineer
Don C. Tyler Mastering
Bruno Guez Concept
Iván Benavides Producer
The Boyz from Brazil Producer, Remixing
Ernesto Santos Engineer
Carlos Agüera Engineer
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