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Reggae from Argentina - Butumbaba

PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 1:49 am
by Hugh Weldon
I don't know how big reggae is in Argentina, but this sounds quite nice. Seems to be something of a Manu Chao influence there as well as Brazillian influences.

http://www.myspace.com/butumbaba

Re: Reggae from Argentina - Butumbaba

PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2008 3:17 pm
by Rod B.
Hugh Weldon wrote:I don't know how big reggae is in Argentina, but this sounds quite nice. Seems to be something of a Manu Chao influence there as well as Brazillian influences.

http://www.myspace.com/butumbaba



Reggae is really quite big yes, but mainly through the indirect influence of The Clash and Mano Negra in the late 1980s/early 1990s. The wonderful Los Fabulosos Cadillacs played a crucial role, covering both 'Guns of Brixton' and 'Revolution Rock' (btw I think everyone should have a copy of LFC's greatest hits in their collection). Most Argentinian bands who were influenced by ska and reggae didn't play it exclusively but mixed it with pop/rock and indigenous latin american forms. The Cadillacs self-destructed in the late 1990s, but the bestselling Bersuit Vergarabat and the excellent Karamelo Santo, who themselves have collaborated with Manu Chao, filled the gap (there may well be other bands I don't know about too). The problem is now though is that the whole idea seems to be running out of steam - there's only so many variations that you can get out of the same reggae/rock/latin formula.

Thanks for bringing Butumbaba to our attention, Hugh. I think it is unusual for an Argentinian band influenced by reggae only to sing reggae, which if that selection is anything to go by they seem to do. I also notice Liber Tran from Los de Abajo features on one of the tracks.

PostPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2008 4:29 pm
by Hugh Weldon
Rod B escribó


btw I think everyone should have a copy of LFC's greatest hits in their collection


I already do:

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Seriously though must check out that 'other' LFC, thanks Rod.