PHIL MANZANERA AND LUCHO BRIEVA RELEASE CORRONCHO 2, A SOUTH AMERICAN ROAD TRIP ALBUM!
Phil Manzanera, Roxy Music guitarist and record producer and Lucho Brieva, artist and sculptor, release Corroncho 2, the follow-up album to 2010’s critically acclaimed Corroncho, on 31 January 2017, Manzanera’s 66th birthday. The Spanish speaking concept album tells the story of two hapless compadres from the Caribbean coast of Colombia, “Corronchos”, who go on a road trip to the’ promised land, specifically Queens, in New York. Mistakenly turning right instead of left from Cartagena on the Caribbean coast, the 13 tracks document their incident-strewn adventures, as they navigate through the countries and cultures of South America, shining a light in their irreverent and humorous way, on the many issues of the Latino man, Love, Death, Politics and Dancing. The album’s release coincides with Manzanera’s appearance at the Hay Festival in Cartagena. Corroncho 2 is released by Expression Records via www.manzanera.com. The digital album is available on all the usual platforms.
Phil Manzanera said: “This second album reunites the Corronchos. The road trip in the’ Low-rider proved a perfect ‘vehicle’ to show off the musical richness and vitality of the South American countries: salsa, sambra, tango, cumbia, EDM, boleros, fojo, rock, jazz and r&b, while the lyrics reflect regional differences! The two covers on the album put those particular songs in such a different context that they change their meanings,’ Live forever’ by Oasis, now a song set in the Atacama Desert and a tribute to those murdered by Pinochet’s death squads and Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, now a drinking song set in a cantina in Plaza Garibaldi Mexico City.” Guests performing on Corroncho 2 are Enrique Bunbury, Andrea Echeverri, Humberto Pernett, Robert Wyatt, Gilad Atzmon, Chucho Merchan, Pico Azpiri, Jorje Villamizar and Laora.
TUS PIES EN EL VERANO
EL TANGO INFINITO
EL REY DE LOS CAMINOS
BALA DE PLATA
The Story of the Album
The album starts on the beach in Cartagena on New Year’s Eve. Both of the Corronchos are on the seashore when midnight sounds and fireworks are let off. One of them has taken some ayahuasca and the other has drunk too much aguardiente, the local hooch, and they have a collective dream that a white horse with wings (the opening track is called Caballo Blanco) tells them to go to north, it is a clear sign that they need to go to the Promised Land which for most Latinos is the USA and especially New York. They jump in their low- rider car, (Low-rider is the first track on the original Corroncho album) and hit the road, but take the wrong turning and instead of heading to Panama and Central America, they turn right and have to travel around the whole of South America to get to Queens. The songs on the album, follow their route and delve into subject matter and social issues relating to the countries visited in a slightly humorous and politically incorrect way! Finally, they arrive in the Queens barrio, New York, where they find that the Promised land doesn’t live up to its name, with the same inter- Latino prejudices. They are eventually held up by a Latino gangster rapper, who tells them to go back home. The last track “Volvi” reflects on how the journey has changed them. Or was it all a dream?
Corroncho is a Spanish speaking album recorded by Roxy Music guitarist Phil Manzanera and Colombian artist/sculptor, Lucho Brieva in London between 2003-2008. The idea came from a track called ‘Complicada’ written by Chrissie Hynde whilst collaborating with her on a Spanish version of that song. The album proceeded via the track ‘Lowrider’ to a full blown set of songs about two corroncho characters (corroncho is the Colombian slightly pejorative name given by people from the capital, Bogota, to people from the Carribean Coast, particulary Barranquilla, which is politically incorrect but humourous!)The album is a collection of songs based on two latin males, their trials and tribulations, good and bad points, loves and hates, political coorectness and incorrectness but ultimately their good humour , good heart and ability to dance, all illuminating the many social issues in present day South Americas. The music is low fI and takes in salsa, Cumbia , Pop, Ballads and Chillout! There are guest appearances from Robert Wyatt , Paul Thompson, Enrique Bunbury, Chrissie Hynde, Annie Lennox, Quimi Portet and Gilad Atzmon, aswell as Aldo Lopez Gavilan, one of Cuba’s top pianists.