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WEEK STARTING 18 Oct

Genre pick of the week Cover of Modern Music From Belize by Bro David.
The Caribbean has long been an incubator for the sounds that will animate and shape the culture of the rest of the world for decades to come: From the rhythms of Cuba helping to shape American jazz, blues and rock n’ roll, to Trinidadian calypso introducing a bouncy lightness and gaiety to American party music, to Jamaica’s reggae showing a new way to rebel against convention. But what about the music of Belize, the Caribbean nation that holds the odd position of being a former British colony on the coat of Spanish-speaking Central America? Most people don’t know about the country at all, let alone about the rich sounds it has to offer.

Bredda David Obi set out to change that in 1984 with the release of his debut LP "No Fear", and the introduction of a new Belizean groove he called kungo (or cungo). A mélange of traditional Belizean brukdown music and sprinklings of the rock, funk, calypso and reggae he had played in various bands during his years as a journeyman musician in the United States. He would further develop this modern tropical sound on subsequent albums, integrating more and more elements from Belizean niche genres like sambai and paranda. Cultures of Soul now documents Bredda David’s journey into the soul of Belize with an anthology of his early recordings including tracks from "No Fear", "Cungo Musik" (1987) and "We No Wa No Kimba Ya" (1990) albums.

Bredda David’s kungo is hard to describe exactly—its various ingredients make it feel somewhat familiar, but the recipe with which he blends them is slightly strange, fresh and intriguing. But one thing is for certain, it is sure to electrify the dance floor and make everybody jump up and bruk down! Housed in a gatefold jacket with extensive liner notes by Uchenna Ikonne. 

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Cultures Of Soul put the spotlight on Bredda David and his Belizean Kungo sound with this seven track retrospective. Now, I'd never heard of Kungo going into this, but after a very enjoyable listen I can report that reggae, disco, sunkissed rock and proto house flavour this uplifting music.


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