Colombia boasts one of the world’s deeper marimba traditions in the currulao music of its southern Pacific coast. Hailing from Guapi, Diego Obregón rocks the Afro-Colombian marimba (a descendent of the West African balafon), which is usually accompanied by three (or more) percussionists playing the cununo drum and guasa shakers, though he was fronting a jazz group at a recent gig here. Either way, it’s polyrhythmic trance music with liberationist tendencies.
Mon., Aug. 19, 9:30 p.m., 2013
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 7, 2013