A native of the Caribbean coast of Colombia, Abelardo Carbono achieved legendary status in his country’s storied ranks of musical icons by combining the homegrown sounds of cumbia with the chiming guitars of West African soukous. With the exception of a well-received compilation of songs from his 1980’s heyday, Carbono has been rarely heard from outside the packed dance halls he still commands in his hometown of Barranquilla.
Now, New York’s Names You Can Trust label has welcomed the reclusive guitarist and singer back to the vinyl format with a simmering Afro-Carib beast of a cut, recorded with the assistance of Will “Quantic” Holland on rhythm guitar and Mario Galeano [Frente Cumbiero, Ondatropica] on keys. Released in conjunction with Lucas SIlva of Palenque Records & Polen Records, the first release of this expansive & power packed studio session is a cover of vallenato pioneer Guillermo Buitrago’s La Piña Madura. This updated take veers heavily towards Africa on a rock solid foundation of bass and drums, with Abelardo’s trademark guitar and quirky vocals leading the way. Released on 11th May you can now purchase this track from here and check it out above.