I’m a firm believer that sometimes you find songs and sometimes songs find you.
This one in particular found me last week while in New Orleans—at about 10:30 am—in the midst of nursing a bloody mary. Comprised of the stuff that seems to exist in some sort of twilight netherworld (not unlike Santo & Johnny’s “Sleepwalk“) “Drume Negrita” is culled from Mambo Sinuendo, Ry Cooder’s 2003 collaboration with Havana musician Manuel Galban. Infinitely more spectral, hoodoo and slinky than anything found on the pair’s previous collaboration, Buena Vista Social Club, “Drume Negrita” was decribed by Cooder as “a sound that had not been explored; a Cuban electric-guitar band that could re-interpret the atmosphere of the 1950s with beauty, agility, and simplicity.” I’d say he nailed it.
MP3: Ry Cooder & Manuel Galban :: Drume Negrita