Chants Et Tambours
Des Confréries Noires


01. Golpeado - Tambores De San Juan
02. Corrido/Trancado - Tambores De San Juan
03. Sangueo - Tambores De San Juan
04. Corrido - Tambores De San Juan
05. La Campana - Tambores De San Juan
06. El Campanero (Sangueo) - Tambores De San Juan
07. Golpe De Cantica - Tambores Chimbangueles De San Benito
08. Eha! Chocho - Tambores Chimbangueles De San Benito
09. Aje! - Tambores Chimbangueles De San Benito
10. Chimbangalero - Tambores Chimbangueles De San Benito
11. Misericordia - Tambores Chimbangueles De San Benito
12. Sangorodon - Tambores Chimbangueles De San Benito
13. Conjunto Redondos - Conjuntos De Bariovento
14. Tambores Redondos - Conjuntos De Bariovento
15. Conjunto Redondos - Conjuntos De Bariovento
16. Conjunto Tamboras - Conjuntos De Bariovento
17. Conjunto Fulia - Conjuntos De Bariovento
18. Conjunto Mina - Conjuntos De Bariovento
19. Tambor Quichimba - Conjuntos De Bariovento
20. Tonada De Quitiplas - Conjuntos De Bariovento
21. Conjunto De Quitiplas - Conjuntos De Bariovento 




Recorded in Venezuela, 1993 & 1994, liner notes and photography by Michel Plisson


Eugene Chadbourne says:

... also available as part of this label's somewhat ad hoc triple-CD box entitled Drums of South America, this collection of music that has been handed down from the liberated slaves of Venezuela deserves to stand on its own as one of the most haunting as well as relaxing listening experiences from this part of the world. Although any comparison with the other volumes would inevitably just be the result of coincidence, since there was no real aesthetic reason to package the three collections together other than marketing convenience, it helps to describe the music in saying that these conjuntos from Barlovento or tambores from San Juan and San Benito create music with a much more interactive relationship with their environment, as in the world around them, then do the perhaps musically more adept Cubans or the drum-splintering stronghands of the Guadalupe gwo ka tradition. To not be limited by Ocora's choice of box-set playmates, it can actually be said there is not much other music that can be said to be similar to these performances, not even the pieces presented in a Nonesuch Explorer collection that was released in the '70s based on the theme of black music from Venezuela. Producer Michel Plisson seems to have documented particularly deep performances, the drums reverberating through a space that seems timeless. Unless one lives in an urban center in which bird life has been vanquished, the possibility of combining these pieces with natural sounds from the outside world may seem logical and turns out to be inevitable in the performances themselves as small flutes and whistles eventually join the action, seeming to be approximating the sounds of jungle birds. The set concludes with pieces in which the small-stringed cuatro and wonderfully scratchy maracas flesh out the sound.


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