The Panama Beat - AfroPop Worldwide

Seawall

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Didn't know that the Garifunas had an impact on Panamanian music? I don't mean the spread of punta, but a physical presence in the country. Can anyone confirm this?


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The Panama Beat

Produced by Marlon Bishop • Last aired January 10, 2013

Central America, a narrow, mountainous, and largely impoverished stretch of land spanning seven countries, is a surprising and under-exposed Latin American musical hot zone. The region’s bizarre and tumultuous history has led to a fascinating mix of cultural influences – Spanish conquistadors, British pirates, and American banana companies have at one time or another vied for power. Add to this mix presence of large indigenous enclaves, Anglo-Caribbean migrants, the Afro-Arawak Garifuna and Mosquito peoples, and the many musical influences of the Caribbean, and you have the makings of a very interesting musical tapestry. Salsa and merengue, soca and calypso, reggae and reggaeton – it all comes together in Central America. In our program, we visit Panama, a little known musical treasure trove. Here on the ithmus, music from around the Americas mixed together in a unique stew: American, Cuban, Colombian,Jamaican influences combine to form a highly complex and unique musical culture. We’ll hear interviews from Spanish reggae star Kafu Banton, Afro-Spanish linguist John Lipski, traditional Afro-Latino princess Marcia Rodriguez, dancehall youngbloods Los Rakas, and many more.
 

Hello BKLYN

Searching For Answers
This go hard right here... this was in the beginning of the documentary...

Little Francisco Greaves
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Seawall

Registered User
And yet I don't see nor hear any mention of Konpa or Ti Manno or Tabou Combo's influence. :confused
It is mentioned at the end. At one time Haitian music was the biggest thing in Panama. Konpa was massive in Colombia too.
 

Socapro

Repect Our Soca Pioneers
Is there a website link for this radio show with information about when this programme comes on so we can listen live to the next episode?
 

tikreyol

Got Kompa?
It is mentioned at the end. At one time Haitian music was the biggest thing in Panama. Konpa was massive in Colombia too.
Ok I listened to it in full. I was about to say "I know they didn't go an entire hour without talking about Konpa." :kicks I'm even more happy that Tabou Combo was recognized for their popularity there.
 

Seawall

Registered User
Is there a website link for this radio show with information about when this programme comes on so we can listen live to the next episode?
you can listen to archived shows also. they also do a carnival special every year. I met the host Georges Collinet at an art opening last summer. Cool guy, he lives in the DC area.

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