Saturday, August 25, 2007

A free Susana Baca download

I was lucky enough to turn myself on to Susana Baca whilst gathering up Spanish-language music to use in a TV show.

Ms. Baca is a world-class ballad singer... and a renowned champion of Afro-Peruvian culture. The first song I heard her sing was the traditional lullaby “Drumi Mobila” on a Los Super Seven CD. (To hear it streaming on my Vox site, click here.)

Then I purchased one of her albums on David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label. And I used the song “Si Me Quitaran...” in “Kingpin.” (Click here to listen to that one.)

This week I was delighted to find a FREE MP3 of Susana Baca floating around on the internets. It’s “De Los Amores,” off her 2000 Luaka Bop album “Eco de Sombras.”

I won’t even spin it for you in advance. If you like the other two tracks, you’ll be proud to own this one. You can download it from cool-chick podcaster Anji Bee, whose music show is called the Chillcast.

Here’s what you do: Click here to go to Anji Bee’s Chillcast #77 playlist. Track 3 is Susana Baca’s “De Los Amores.” You’ll see: “free mp3.” Click that shit.

Then, if you have a hankering, you can buy “Drumi Mobila” or “Si Me Quitaran...” from iTunes. (“Si Me Quitaran...” is also available to eMusic and Calabash Music subscribers.)


Dougfp said...

Nice cut. But which episode of "Kingpin" did her other song appear?

Undercover Black Man said...

^ In Episode 4... the best one. In fact, "Si Me Quitaran..." was one of the best uses of music in the show (if I say so myself).

Right after Chato carries the wailing prostitute out of the office to be killed, and Miguel has that wonderful flashback with the man being executed in a pit... then Miguel goes on this long walk through the lobby of his hotel, and the music starts, and it plays throughout his drive up to his driveway and his slow walk into his house.

I think the song plays for about 2 minutes total... I wanted to just soak in the melancholy of it, after the horrible violence that came before.

Dougfp said...

Right. That was one of the finest moments of the show, I thought.

RC said...

Well, UBM, I am still kind of shocked by your outburst last week about Elvira, so upset, I couldn't even comment then, but now to discover that you are a La Baca fan, well, OK, that's in the plus column.
I was somewhat mollified to see that by the end of the Elvira comments you were thinking about maybe some other angles that moved beyond your first position and I am glad of that.
Meanwhile, nice to see you turning your readers on to a great talent.
And you chose a terrific photo of Susana.

Undercover Black Man said...

Thank you, RC... for you comments here and on the Elvira thread.

I hope I won't turn off my "progressive" readers with some of my posts on politics. But I must say: I am not a man of the left. In fact, America's leftist orthodoxy needs to be challenged in a lot of ways. In any event, I'm going to write what I think, and I'll take whatever consequences come.

I've got more to say about illegal immigration that you probably won't like, and when that time comes, make whatever judgements of me you will. But I hope we all can discuss these things civilly... and that we can all challenge our own mental pre-sets.


Undercover Black Man said...

^ Oops... RC, I thought somewhere along the line you had commented on the Arellano thread, but I see that you didn't. Maybe you made your feelings known telepathically. ;^D

In any event, like I say... if ever you think I'm popping shit, please answer back.

RC said...

I think the other commenters said some of the things I would have. I am not a left wing guy either. My positions tend to go way off the scale. I say, that if capital is free to roam all over the hemisphere {NAFTA}{Cafta-DR} etc., then bodies ought to be free to do the same.
I am a capitalist but am very much against corporate welfare. But this is your blog and I will keep my little opinions to myself.
It is enough to know that you are free to say what you like and that many of your commenters will scream about your views on occasion.
As for me, borders are so medieval.
And as you know, you have been slipping up on the Irish thing lately. I miss the shenanigans of my ancestors and I won't be reading Auster, so don't forget some Irish lowbrow history occasionally.
I look forward to reading more of your unexpected opinions and perhaps I shall find I share some.
But hey, here it is spelled out: my daughter's mother is a French Citizen. My daughter is a French and an American dual citizen. She's white. I have a son who is Puerto Rican, his mother is black, he's brown I guess. My other daughter is black. The latter kids are American Citizens. These kids all grew up together and between them speak about 9 languages. The corollary to this introduction is very long, might fill several volumes and somewhere in there you would see very clearly why race and borderlines burn my ass.
But I love your blog anyway.