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El barco fantasma que trajo los sintetizadores al Cabo Verde de 1968

"Space Echo - The Mystery Behind the Cosmic Sound of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed!" es una de las compilaciones del año lanzada por Analog Africa.

25.05.16
Frankie Pizá

Tras ser requisado por la policía, se descubrió que aquel barco que había aparecido a orillas de la isla de São Nicolau en Cabo Verde, en Cachaço, cerca de la costa de Senegal, trasladaba contenedores llenos de sintetizadores Moog, Korg y órganos Hammond.

Era 1968 y aquel cargamento había salido desde Baltimore a Río de Janeiro para una exposición de los nuevos instrumentos en Brasil; tras unos días de viaje, desapareció sin explicación.

«Portuguese scientists and physicians were ordered to the scene and after weeks of thorough studies and research, it was concluded that the ship had fallen from the sky. One of the less plausible theories was that it might have fallen from a Russian military air carrier. The locals joked that again the government had wasted their tax money on a useless exercise, as a simple look at the crater generated by the impact could explain the phenomena. “No need for Portuguese rocket scientists to explain this!” they laughed.»

«What the villagers didn’t know, was that traces of cosmic particles were discovered on the boat. The bow of the ship showed traces of extreme heat, very similar to traces found on meteors, suggesting that the ship had penetrated the hemisphere at high speed. That theory also didn’t make sense as such an impact would have reduced the ship to dust. Mystery permeated the event.» 

«Finally, a team of welders arrived to open the containers and the whole village waited impatiently. The atmosphere, which had been filled with joy and excitement, quickly gave way to astonishment. Hundreds of boxes conjured, all containing keyboards and other instruments which they had never seen before: and all useless in an area devoid of electricity. Disappointment was palpable. The goods were temporarily stored in the local church and the women of the village had insisted a solution be found before Sunday mass.»

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El principal activo revolucionario que luchó contra el colonialismo portugués hasta el día de su asesinato en 1973, Amílcar Cabral, sugirió que aquellos cientos de instrumentos debían ser repartidos entre la juventud y escuelas del aún territorio portugués.

Una nueva generación de caboverdianos creció junto a ese tipo de instrumental gracias al extraño acontecimiento y como primera consecuencia, el folclore clásico (morna, coladeira o el funaná) se revolucionó al entrar en contacto con sonidos electrónicos y la implementación de fórmulas como la música Disco, el Funk o la psicodelia.

«The observation was made that the children who came into contact with the instruments found on the ship inherited prodigious capabilities to understand music and learn instruments. One of them was the musical genius Paulino Vieira, who by the end of the 70s would become the country’s most important music arranger.»

Desde Frankfurt, la editorial especializada Analog Africa (fundada por Samy Ben Redjeb) basa su nueva recopilación en la renovación accidental y «cósmica» de la música tradicional de Cabo Verde: «Space Echo – The Mystery Behind the Cosmic Sound of Cabo Verde Finally Revealed!» estará disponible el 27 de mayo.

Artistas como José Casimiro, Pedrinho o Abel Lima están dentro del tracklist.

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Tracklist:

01. António Sanches – “Pinta Manta” 4:25 – Originally released on Táki-Talá (004-XL), circa 1983
02. Dionisio Maio – “Dia Ja Manche” 4:37 – Originally released on Carlita Cox (CAR-COX-1), 1984
03. José Casimiro – “Morti Sta Bidjàcu” 5:23 – Originally released on Iefe Discos ‎(Iefe-029), circa 1983
04. Bana – “Pontin & Pontin” 4:16 – Originally released on Discos Monte Cara (DMC 111-120), circa 1984
05. Fany Havest – “That Day” 5:01 – Private press (001 FH5), 1984
06. Pedrinho – “Odio Sem Valor” 6:05 – Originally released on Iefe Discos (IEFE-022), circa 1983
07. Quirino Do Canto – “Mino Di Mama” 5:53 – Unknown
08. Tchiss Lopes – “Mundo D´Margura” 3:05 – Private Press (TL 02), 1984
09. João Cirilo – “Po D´Terra” 5:38 – Originally released on Edição Táki-Talá ‎(001-XL), circa 1983
10. Abel Lima – “Corre Riba, Corre Baxo” 3:08 – Originally released on Afrika New ‎(ERL-01), 1977
11. Os Apolos – “Ilyne” 3:50 – Originally released on La Do Si Discos ‎(780726)
12. Americo Brito – “Sintado Na Pracinha” 2:53 – Originally released on Arsom Records (801004), 1981
13. Elisio Vieira – “Capchona” 3:16 – Originally released on Brandão Records ‎(BR-001), 1984
14. Antonio Dos Santos – “Djal Bai Si Camin” 7:21 – Private Press (A.S.-001-WZ), 1983
15. Abel Lima – “Stebo Cu Anabela” 4:31 – Originally released on Production Abel Lima ‎(AL 05), 1980