La Chiva Gantiva / Pelao
Album: Pelao   Collection:World
Artist:La Chiva Gantiva   Added:Sep 2012
Label:Crammed Discs  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2013-04-14 Pull Date: 2013-06-16 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Jun 16 Jun 9 May 19 May 5
Airplays: 4 1 1 2

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Album Review
librae jackson
Reviewed 2013-04-05
La Chiva Gantiva / Pelao / Crammed Discs

Clarinet-laden Colombian Funk. Or, perhaps more appropriately, World Music that encapsulates a broad range of sound. Lyrics are in Spanish and French. Apparent musical influences that can be heard are: James Brown, Fela Kuti, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Funkadelic.

Recommended: 1, 6, 7, 10, 11

1. Por Eso Canto (4:31)
Begins with a nice guitar riff, followed by percussion and horns, which lead into a slow, funky afrobeat groove. Spanish vocals are spit with a semi rap flow.

2. La Chiva (4:59)
Intro has a very original sound. Main groove begins at 1:16, with a traditional rock and roll bounce, accented by an assortment of Latin rhythms and vocal chants in Spanish. At 2:42, the groove changes into a breakdown, solidified by a driving bass riff that builds up toward a frantic conclusion.

3. Cosmeticos (4:08)
An uptempo drum break sets the mood off, paving the way for a fast paced rap (in Spanish) at 1:07. Nice syncopation throughout. Everything gets very loud at the end.

4. Pa Ke Gozen? (4:38)
Music sounds like a merging of South African and South American rhythms. Lyrics are rapped in both Spanish and French with heartfelt intensity.

5. Chofer (2:21)
Opens with a nice guitar riff, quickly followed by intricate drumming and horn arrangement. Spanish vocals with James Brown-ish inflections, that lead into an all-out rap flow. Ends abruptly at 2:21.

6. Pink Flamingo (1:38)
Not a long song, but a strong one. Watch the beginning, as it does not come in loudly. In fact, no music is heard until 6 seconds in. A low hi-hat ride introduces the drum kick and rim shot, to start the song off. This jam consists of a rock guitar solo with echo effects, throughout.

7. Pelao (2:57)
Funky groove, with a nice French rap. Worthy of being the title track of the album. Captures the band's flair perfectly.

8. Llora (3:30)
Celebratory jam, fit for a happy gathering. Call and response session between lead rap and background vocalists at 2:20. Busy horns, with the clarinet standing out, as the most pronounced.

9. Apretao (3:55)
More guitar funk, with Spanish chanting that leads into more rhythmic rapping, with skillfuly timed syncopation.

10. Cumbiaje (1:05)
Shortest, but most musically pleasant cut. Smoothed out, mellow groove, with clarinet, drums, guitar and sax exquisitely accenting the mix, like a perfectly blended soup. Mixes right into the next track, so it would definitely be cool to play the two together.

11. Pa Q' Ca (4:31)
A continuation of track 10's jam session. This time, the lyrics (rapped in French) are approached with a more suave sensibility. Nice end to a unique and thoughtful project.

Librae Jackson

Track Listing
1. Por Eso Canto   6. Pink Flamingo
2. La Chiva   7. Pelao
3. Cosmeticos   8. Llora
4. Pa Ke Gozen?   9. Apretao
5. Chofer   10. Cumbaje
  11. Pa Q Sa