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“Vengo Ganao” features production from London-based duo Village Cuts, the excellent guitarist Patrick McMahon aka Mahon Sounds and Colombian champeta legend Louis Towers.

Village Cuts has organised a transatlantic meeting between Africa and the Caribbean through the prism of London club culture. This DJ/producer duo, formed in 2018, is setting the dancefloor alight in promotion of new global underground sounds such as champeta, a genre belonging to the folklore of Afro-Colombian music. They are keen to pull it into the modern world, and have partnered with one of its legends, Louis Towers, to do so. The aim was to showcase the talents of the Black Atlantic to a European audience, especially via champeta, a genre from the Afro-Colombian communities of the Caribbean coast, which is experiencing something of a boom right now.

For their debut on Galletas Calientes Records, the duo have dropped a double-title 45 with Colombian champeta legend Louis Towers (“el único papa rasta”) and British virtuoso guitarist Patrick McMahon aka Mahon Sounds. The first track, released in December, has an 80s Congolese electro-soukous style, while “Vengo Ganao” is based on Towers’ Afro-Colombian vocals and transports us to a sunny beach in Barranquilla, where a Caribbean sound system sets the mood.

Although they’ve never before set foot in the promised land of champeta, the duo have managed to feel their way into the genre their use of West African rhythms called “despeluques” (translation: frenzy) and an unprecedented use of one of the most distinguished samples of the Yamaha SK5, the “perreo” – that famous synthesised barking sound typical of Afro-Caribbean music. But beyond its specific characteristics, champeta remains a philosophy first and foremost, one that links Colombia to Africa and shows us the strength of a coastal Africanism that has become a real cultural and musical reference.

The track is available on all streaming platforms and the double-title will be released on 45-rpm vinyl in January via Galletas Calientes Records.

Listen to Village Cuts, Louis Towers and Mahon Sounds in our Songs of the Week playlist on Spotify and Deezer.

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Newly-engaged Ariana Grande spread some holiday cheer at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital by donating gifts to patients and their families.

Ariana and her new fiance Dalton Gomez scoured a gift list to choose presents for each age and developmental level for patients across both of the hospital's locations in Westwood and Santa Monica, California, while patients and staff were also treated to meals and pizza.

“Our patients are in love! Especially our Ariana Grande 'superfans” in the house," Kelli Carroll, director of the Chase Child Life program at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital, said in a statement. “We are thankful for all our wonderful partners who have donated in the past couple of weeks, including Ariana Grande, and for serving the needs of our hospitalised children.

"This pandemic may have changed how we do things, but we look for the same result – to alleviate the stresses of hospitalisation and bring joy to our kids."

Ariana announced her engagement to real estate beau Dalton last weekend, while also showing off her stunning diamond and pearl engagement ring in the process.

 

 

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