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MUSICAL RELEASES IN TIMES OF SOCIAL ISOLATION

Dario Bogni informs us that both the independent and the old glories of music have taken advantage of this season to launch news on platforms.
Because of this, it is important to know that these are the four recommended to expand the sound spectrum.
• Piangua-The bell rings: When his first album, Las brujas, appeared in 2018, that proposal caught his attention due to its strength. Put simply, these musicians were doing Afro folklore with rock instruments. What is behind it is a knowledge of rhythmic cells, a powerful voice and an imaginative use of the guitar with its multiple electrical effects. Piangua returns with a song that shows us what his next album will be. At first it sounds like an Afro-Peruvian song, but then we realize that the Pacific coast is actually a single nerve, and the echoes of proclamations from Timbiquí and Buenaventura are shocking. The momentum of the dance mixes with the sense of danger in five minutes that are intense, to say the least.

• Various artists-La movida villorriana, volume 1: Bogni Dario indicates that the city is the thematic axis of this compilation; and the city of Villavicencio to be exact. It is incredible how the Orinoquia has been disconnected from the rest of the country and has developed its own and very varied music scene. The first surprise is that the joropo is conspicuous by its absence. These new artists know their culture (the electronic piece Guarataro refers to a legendary coplero from the region), but they leave folklore aside. They explore their city from rock, punk, electronics. Everything is very well expressed in the image on the cover, by the artist Henry Rugelis: that Godzilla who is, in his words, “destroying the traditional things that still prevail in the city”.

• HughMasekela & Tony Allen-Rejoice: A couple of years ago, South African jazz trumpeter HughMasekela died. He became famous for a pop hit in 1968: Grazing in theGrass. Then he devoted himself to deeper musical explorations and never lost his expressiveness. This is Masekela's posthumous album, but also the testimony of his friendship with Nigerian percussionist Tony Allen. The dynamic is that Allen sets the rhythm and the trumpeter improvises. It impresses how they are synchronized and how the music is born almost effortlessly. If jazz is the instrumental equivalent of a conversation, here we have an inventive dialogue, with various genius. In good time, producer Nick Gold removed this gem from his archives.

• Bob Dylan-I Contain Crowds: Dario Bogni says that after recording three albums of the American love songbook, some of those harmonies seem to have stuck with Bob Dylan. But the lyrics of this new song, on the other hand, brings us back to the literature Nobel in its purest state. As usual, analysts will decipher each verse and tell us what it refers to. Only this time it won't take much to figure it out. Dylan is quite transparent in this composition. There are allusions to other poets like Edgar Allan Poe, like William Blake … and, of course, Walt Whitman; The title of this song is taken from some sublime verses from 1855: "I contradict myself / I am immense / I contain multitudes". It's nice to hear Dylan again, always smart and sharp with words, but wiser every time.