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Today on Ecléctico you're listening to Jaguar, two musicians from Colombia who blend folkloric sounds rooted in cumbia, champeta, zouk, salsa, and more with electronic grooves from their home base in Switzerland. You'll go deeper with an excerpt from an article by Rebecca Bodenheimer on Bandcamp Daily.
"Río Arriba Río Abajo" by Jaguar
2021 | Colombian electro-folk duo based in Switzerland
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The title of Madremonte, the debut album from Colombian duo Jaguar, is a nod to the folklore of their homeland. A counterpart to the more well-known Latin American mythical figures La Llorona or the chupacabra, Madremonte is said to be a jungle dweller, covered in leaves and moss, who can cause storms and flooding. As a protector of Mother Earth, she enacts vengeance on people who cause environmental destruction or steal land, and even on philandering husbands. The group’s name, Jaguar, also seems to reference indigenous spirituality, as this animal represents strength, agility, and confidence, and is widely revered throughout South America.
The music on Madremonte is essentially electronica inspired by various Colombian and Caribbean genres. Jaguar draws heavily on cumbia and champeta (which is in turn heavily influenced by Congolese soukous), while also inserting elements of salsa, rock, zouk, and samba. However, unlike these genres, the lyrics and vocals on Madremonte are sparse and simple—sound is everything.