The Hidden Raves of Champetesburg

For decades confined to Colombia’s poor coastal regions and condemned by conservative politicians as violent and corrupting, the African-Latin fusion sound of champeta is finally cracking into the mainstream.

Obviously the fact half of the planet saw it at the Superbowl when Shakira danced to it and made a whole challenge that gave a completely new audience that otherwise would have never knew about this hidden genre in the Afro-Colombian community.

There are several theories about the origin of the word champeta, but it likely stems from the champeta knife used by workers in Cartagena’s Bazurto market. In the ‘70s, these workers would meet regularly to listen to African music on picós, but over the decades the word has been

deliberately sullied by conservatives seeking to attach connotations of violence to the music. This kind of prejudice against the country’s black population has stifled the genre’s growth over the years, with Colombian politicians even attempting to enforce a national ban on champeta, accusing the music of encouraging violence and teenage pregnancy.

In fact, our brother Lucas Silva, who did 2 compilations with us and owns perhaps the most significant Afro-Colombian label: PALENQUE RECORDS says about champeta’s significant raise to become Shakira’s superbowl halftime most talked dance: “It was a very tough fight. There is a lot of racism in this county and champeta was too new – people didn’t understand it, it was a shock, like with any revolution. I remember coming back to Bogota in the mid ‘90s and everybody hated champeta. They all said it was ‘stupid’ music and too sexual. But the lyrics were just covering normal things about life. Bogota was a very white city in the ‘90s – everyone was listening to rock music at the time. Rock music was for rich people and cumbia and champeta were for the poor people.”

Latino Resiste unveils THE HIDDEN RAVES OF CHAMPETESBURG which is a continuing part of the electro-champeta movement we began a decade ago, this time expanding Champeta’s DNA towards newer subgenres which could include Aleteo, House, bits of moombahton, and acoustic champeta..

Each track takes one of the elements most relevants of the genre. Whether the heavily Abelardo Carbono’s influenced guitars, or the Roland Dogs, or the percussive patter or simply its lyrical content, champeta is always expanding, it can’t be contained or defined by just few parameters, and our responsibility in Latino Resiste is to expand our Latin Music diaspora.


Caballo & Beatfunk- Yippi Yappa


Yippi Yappa is a new expansion in the champeta musical diaspora. Latino Resiste has selected some of the best latino producers to remix a track made by La Makina del Karibe guitarist and wicked producer, Beat Funk, and E-champeta pioneer Caballo called Yippi Yappa. However, the real result is an amazing exploration to the ‘pico sound’ from the roots style of Bleepolar Vs Faraon Bantu, or Champethon creator, Tombs, to the Bass approach of Dominican prodigy Mediopicky, Yippi Yappa also features the original dark take from Tribilin Sound, Miami’s E-Champeta originator Kinky Electric Noise, a super tropical take from Sr Chancho.
All tracks have been mastered by Gux Swadharma at the rebel records studios, and distributed by Latino Resiste under creative commons license

Kinky Electric Noise- Terapia Tropical


It’s been over 2 years since the Perreo Digital (A Trip into Electro Champeta) EP was released on Latino Resiste Records.

This album represents a lot for the Champeta universe, as it explores a whole different approach to the genre, shifting away from the explosive Perreo Digital EP, to a more mature sound, respecting the early days of Terapia, and applying current EDM dynamics to reflect and actually fit any global bass/world music party or dj set, or just an amazing trip in your stereo or mp3 player.

Electro Champeta pioneer Kinky Electric Noise was working on his highly anticipated new album Terapia Tropical, which is a strong comeback to the roots of Terapia Criolla.

Grab the whole thing for free in two formats WAV

320’s Right Here

Since then Champeta’s international appeal and notoriety has continued to grow, resulting in a proliferation of compilations, remixes and mixtapes to meet the public’s increasing curiosity and demand.

Continuing the tradition of its predecessor, we recreated and remixed five songs from Champeta’s past, present and “future.”

This time around we decided to incorporate live instruments in the mix, courtesy of Matt Mansfield of Piper Street Sound, in order to add more authenticity and originality to the grooves.

The results transverse the musical spectrum, beginning with the quintessential and later swerving into the unconventional, while still maintaining Champeta as a fundamental influence.

Second track is a BOMB

If you know Terapia Criolla/Champeta, then the name MR BLACK is a usual reference
KEN takes him to the digital era respecting the sound!

A 100% Original Electro Champeta in were we use Papo Man’s Camino a la delincuencia we can find that dope organic beats meet social champeta

Final track


Do you want the whole discography from Latino Resiste’s sub label THE REBEL RECORDS?

Some may have a simple question: what is the difference between Latino Resiste and The Rebel Records?

The main difference is THE REBEL RECORDS releases individual artists who work on a specific or many genres like Den5hion or Chong X, while Latino Resiste is about unveiling underground/no mainstream genres and producers in a specific genre regardless their country, and trying to cover the whole genre with at least one example of a subgenre..

with that been said, in case you missed any of the releases, here they are for Holidays!!

Our first share comes from this super amazing producer, sometimes called “the mexican aphex twin”
Den5hion and his first release EVER!!!

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Next one is Djentstep Inventor!! the guy who changed and shaped a whole genre!!!!
few people can that title, Stefan aka Stereotyp who created Barefoot, Dave Nada with Moombahton, and Remi G. in this case with Djentstep!!

Very proud and happy he decided to share this amazing masterpiece with us.
In case you have missed one of the best releases not in 2011, but in a very long time..
here it is:
The Algorithm- Critical Error & The Doppler Effect
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Metal meets Cumbia, 3ball, and Tropical bass!!
TropicHell was a highlight for us, having the support from Sepultura’s and Mixhell Iggor Cavalera!!
Pedro Infame, Ezekiel, Lata, Jairo Mendez and Caballo united in evil

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Our biggest artist til date and probably our most amazing release for 2011 is Pedro Ramaya Beltran’s el rey del Millo.
This was a great effort from Colombian producer Leon Murcia and Pedro Beltran.
A HUGE honor to have, Murcia and Beltran releasing their jewel album JUST TO REMIND PEOPLE the fact that Mr. Beltran is still kicking ass and Murcia is one of the best cumbia and folklore producers who are available for featuring and or gigs in Colombia or anywhere!!

Pedro Beltran- El Rey del Millo (so wicked and it is only 53MB with full blast of 320s)
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Our next guest is perhaps the only dub/barefoot embassador in Chile, Lata

Ink jet
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Dominican Republic’s Chito Rock is also known as the underground pitbull!!! This guy was a massive addition to our variety of artists, specially because he is one of the most wicked guys in NY’s Latino urban scene!!!
He released his self titled EL PRESIDENTE, produced by Munchi and many wicked producers!!!

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Champeta was reshaped by Kinky Electric Noise and his Perreo Digital.
He teamed with many wicked people including a grammy winner for mastering the album and latin America’s best Music graphic designer Afromestiza for the artcover!

Beyond our expectations was the public acceptance for this album and the impact was even better…
Perreo Digital available in 320 or .WAV
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As we said, the impact of this release was so deep that Dany F started doing his own vision about the genre, and few months later we have the honor of dropping a second approach to electrochampeta!!
Download Dany F’s La Nave
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Chong X!!
What else to say about 2011’s most prolific moombahtonista from Czech Republic/Peru!
He teamed with Caballo for VILE
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Finally our best Mashuper!!!
Brazilian evil asesino, Brutal Redneck made his Beastie Sabbath!!
Unfortunately we dont have a preview, but you can take my word the EP is absolutely great!
Download it here

Dany F & Caballo- La Nave

From Colombia, one of the most interesting kids around, is 17 y.o. Dany F, who has been working lately on deep cumbia, and mixing club techno with some champeta loops.

Download it for FREE right HERE

The release covers from moombahcore to deep house/cumbia and an amazing cover from Manu Chau!!!

So when K.E.N. dropped Perreo Digital, Dany F, started doing much more champeta based tracks.
Caballo jumped in with his infamous basslines and FX giving the base rhythms a more club oriented horizon.

This a a globalbass sick tune

This is Dany F’s manu chau rmx

Finally Linterna and teswino made a great dancefloor track as well called: La maldita vieja

Dany F, Dj Linterna n Teswino and Caballo join forces to push latino music in a new direction.

Kinky Electric Noise- Perreo Digital ( A trip into electrochampeta)

Finally one of the most anticipated releases of 2011 is here:
Kinky Electric Noise drops Perreo Digital, a FREE EP that gathers 2010 world music unveiled jewel (CHAMPETA) and blends it with global bass.
DOWNLOAD IT!!!! available on 320’s HERE or .WAV HERE

Kinky Electric Noise fulfills perfectly all the elements to make champeta and even takes it to the next level, blending champeta and Tuki on their tune WAZAMAYETA

But this album is just the tip of the iceberg of what now Electrochampeta has became!

From Cartagena, Miami, Norway or Moscow, Producers have given Champeta a V.40 update!!
Also on this post we will have exclusive stuff from Bomba Estereo, La Makina del Caribe, Systema Solar.

This is a PREMIERE of what is going to happen with LA MAKINA DEL KARIBE NEW RELEASE.. coming soon!!

In order to sound “champeta” a track needs to have at least 1 out of 3 from the following elements:

1) The champeta is a hybrid style made up of the rhythms of the Caribbean, Cumbia, Compás, Soca, Calypso, Reggae; combined with the sounds of several countries of the African continent, such as Soukous, Mbaqanga, Bikutsi, Highlife, Juju and Congolese rumba. They were intertwined and gave way to a new style in the barrios (districts) of Cartagena (Colombia). The lyrics are usually satirical. It is also known as terapia criolla.

2) Emulate Guitar Patterns from Abelardo Carbono, or Noel Petro or teto Ocampo.
Separately, these 3 gentlemen shifted the whole genre sound with their guitar tone and style. Huge influence on other players.

Here’s an exclusive footage!! Bomba Estereo LIVE!!
and here you can check the guitar style..

When I asked Simon Mejia, Bomba’s Bassist, why they played champeta-like more than any other rhythm on their live sets, he replied: “because you can moshpit with Champeta!!” – Por que la champeta se presta al pogo!!-
Also Bomba’s singer used to do champeta before ..
This is Mister Gomez en bombay

3) Casio-Yamaha Dogs o dj scratch!!
EXCLUSIVE!! Systema Solar’s upcoming track: Con el boton del Pantalon

From Moscow: Qurrambeat!

Dont forget to download
available on 320’s HERE or .WAV HERE