At the moment I am wading through old Trabuco songs - well not so much wading through as being buoyed by - what a lot of great songs Simonet and Co have created over their seven albums. The catalyst for this new pastime was a trip to timba.com's Manolito lyrics page, where I was looking for the lyrics to one of their songs. On arrival, I discovered, with horror, that none of their lyrics were there and so, partly as community service, partly as a self-serving, er, service (the idea being that anything that exposes me to Spanish can only help improve my skills in that area), I have immersed myself in their back catalogue. I'm not doing it any methodical way, but jumping around between albums as the mood takes me, and as well as the aforementioned goals, it has had the unexpected and welcome side effect of exposing me to old gems that were overlooked, as well as a reappraisal of others. (Try listening to Marcando la distancia as if you were hearing it for the first time - it has been played so much that I had forgotten what a masterpiece it is - the orchestration alone is outstanding.)
So today I was driving my neighbours crazy by playing Linda melodía 50 times in a row and thinking how Kalunga sings like an angel (while trying to work out what the fuck he was actually singing) and how I would trade his vocal cords for Mayami's hips any day, when suddenly I get an email from Mamborama's Bill Wolfer. He has updated his blog with a post about a new song of his that features none other than Kalunga himself. The pair did some lovely work on Mamborama's last album Directamente al mambo - this one should be a treat as well.
N.B. And if anyone wants to contribute to the lyrics drive, choose your artist and get cracking. You can post them at the timba geeks group.