Sunday, January 25, 2009

In review--Argentine Accordian

Chango Spasiuk
Pynandi Los Descalzos (Barefoot)
World Village

In the Americas a rich stew of indigenous, African and European music exists, and especially in South American countries such as Brazil and Argentina. While many of us have heard tango performed on the smaller version of a squeeze box (bandoneon), the standard accordion also plays its role in Argentine music. In the deft hands of Argentine accordionist Chango Spasiuk (who I first heard on the Rough Guide to Argentina several years ago), the European instrument bridges the gap between European, American indigenous and African music.

On this accordion-driven recording Pynandi Los Descalzos African rhythms support regional and European classical music, even a baroque violin appears on Mejillas Coloradas. The album is all acoustic with strings, double bass, accordion, Afro-Latin percussion, guitar and vocals on one track, Viejo Caballo Alazan. The recording features regional dance music, although more of the folkloric variety. The recording also introduces its listeners to the music of the Gaurani (an indigenous people of Argentina, known also for Yerba Mate tea).

So sit back, pretend that you are enjoying warm summery weather, drink your mate and soak in this delightful music. Of course, if you are residing in the southern hemisphere, then you can enjoy the lovely weather you are currently experiencing. No matter where you reside on this planet, this music possesses a warming effect and might even induce the urge to dance and be merry.

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