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PAMPEI (esperando el tsunami collection)

by Vincent Moon / Petites Planètes

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The native memory of the Island:

Juan Bertel, or Pampei as people call him, lives in Isla Grande, in the Rosario Islands on the Caribbean Coast of Colombia. He is a farmer and lives an extremely simple life, taking everything he needs from the land. With barks and sticks that he finds daily around his house, he builds the Arco de Boca, a practically extinct musical instrument.

Pampei says that the originary tribes of the Island used to play it as well, and that he simply remembered how to make it and play it. He also sings verses of his own that tell of the life in the island (our favorite song is about a group of marine turtles that were set free at the local aquarium); and sometimes he blends his own lyrics with old bullerengue verses.

He is accompanied here by Urian Sarmiento (percussion), Luis Maurette (electronics) and Alejandra Ortiz (small percussion).

film: vimeo.com/48840255

Images by Vincent Moon
Sound by Andres Velasquez
Mix by Christian Castagno
Produced by Vincent Moon & Lulacruza

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La memoria nativa de la Isla:

El maestro Juan Bertel, más conocido como Pampei, vive en Isla Grande, en las Islas del Rosario, en el Caribe Colombiano. Es agricultor y vive una vida extremadamente sencilla, alimentandose con lo cultiva en su tierra. Con las cortezas, y ramas que recoje cerca a su casa, Pampei construye el practicamente extinto Arco de Boca.

Pampei relata que los nativos originarios de las Islas también lo usaban, y que él simplemente recordó como construirlo e interpretarlo. Pampei también canta versos de su autoria que hablan sobre la vida en la Isla (nuestra canción favorita es sobre un grupo de tortugas marinas que fueron liberadas después de haber vivido en el acuario local); y a veces las mezcla con viejos versos de bullerengue.

Aqui lo acompañan Urian Sarmiento (percusión), Luis Maurette (electrónica) y Alejandra Ortiz (percusión).

film: vimeo.com/48840255

Imágenes: Vincent Moon
Sonido: Andres Velasquez
Mezcla: Christian Castagno
Producido por Vincent Moon & Lulacruza



released October 25, 2012




Vincent Moon / Petites Planètes Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

all the music published here was recorded by filmmakers Vincent Moon & Priscilla Telmon. From trance rituals in the suburbs of Hanoi to shamanist ceremonies in the heart of the Amazon, from experimental noise music in Singapore to sufi rituals in Chechnya, a sonic research on sacred and healing music.
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