Rudi & Nini Flores - Chamame: Music of Corrientes

Rudi & Nini Flores - Chamame: Music of Corrientes
Release Date:
February 14, 2006
Recording Location:
Radio France Studios, Paris, France
Styles:
Argentinian Folk, Neo-Traditional, South American Traditions
Album:
Chamame: Music of Corrientes
Recording Date:
September, 2003 - March, 2004
Genre:
Duration:
55:31

Chamame is a bright, lyrical dance music with Spanish, Guarani, and African roots from the northeastern provinces of Argentina, and for brothers Rudi and Nini Flores -- who were born in Corrientes in the heart of chamame country -- the music has been both a calling and a mission statement, and their releases on Ocora Radio France (this is the duo's third) have served as charming introductions to the form. Chamame music is deceptively casual, and like the opener here, the shifting, soothing "Kilometro," it can seem to unwind at its own time and pace, but underneath that unassuming structure is a rhythmically solid dance music. The name of the music itself is drawn from a local Guarani word that denotes something that is amusingly disorganized, and that same refreshing lack of pretension gives the material here a kind of curious mix of both elegance and relaxed goofiness, particularly on cuts like "La Topada," which depicts a brawl with character parts taken by musical instruments, in this case Rudi's guitar and Nini's bandoneon ("La Topada" was actually written by Rudi and Nini's father, Avelino Flores). Chamame pieces can also be remarkably poetic, as one of the loveliest cuts here, "Romance del Rio y la Paloma," illustrates. The story of a love affair between a dove and a river, the song lyrics are both strikingly pretty and just slightly surreal, with lines like "For the bed of that river/The arrival of the dove/Was the illusion of a meeting" giving off the mysterious conciseness of a haiku. Other highlights on this delightful album include a solo guitar piece, "Linea 7," from Rudi Flores and the impossibly bright and bubbling "El Paisanito."

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Kilómetro Once (Kilometre 11) / Transito CocomarolaRudi & Nini Flores feat: Nini Flores5:07
Canto a Mi Terruño / Rudi FloresRudi & Nini Flores feat: Nini Flores4:17
Lejana Flor (Distant Flower) / Rudi FloresRudi & Nini Flores feat: Nini Flores2:46
Lucero de Abril (April Light) / Nini Flores / Rudi FloresRudi & Nini Flores feat: Nini Flores2:42
Un Vals en París / Nini FloresRudi & Nini Flores feat: Nini Flores3:19
La Caú (Rolling Drunk) / TraditionalRudi & Nini Flores feat: Nini Flores3:03
Viejo Caá Catí / Alberico MansillaRudi & Nini Flores feat: Nini Flores4:49
Bodas de Plata (Silver Wedding) / Isaco AbitbolRudi & Nini Flores feat: Nini Flores3:33
Línea 7 (Line 7) / Rudi FloresRudi & Nini Flores feat: Nini Flores2:34
El Paisanito (The Little Peasant) / Rudi FloresRudi & Nini Flores feat: Nini Flores3:56
Romance del Río y La Paloma (Romance of the River and the Dove) ... / Rudi FloresRudi & Nini Flores feat: Nini Flores2:31
Tu Regreso (Your Return) / Nini Flores / Rudi FloresRudi & Nini Flores feat: Nini Flores3:55
Lunita Entrerriana (Moon of Entre Ríos)Rudi & Nini Flores feat: Nini Flores2:45
Mi Bien Amada (My Beloved) / Transito CocomarolaRudi & Nini Flores feat: Nini Flores1:52
Luna Ilena (Full Moon) / Rudi FloresRudi & Nini Flores feat: Nini Flores3:44
La Topada (The Brawl) / Avelino FloresRudi & Nini Flores feat: Nini Flores1:47
¡A! Mi Corrients Porá (Oh! The Charm of Corrientes) / Lito BayardoRudi & Nini Flores feat: Nini Flores2:51