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Thursday 14 August 2014

Buenos Aires Beat

Some nice people have reissued digitally lots of Spanish and Spanish language singles that were originally released in the 1960s and 1970s on the Ekipo label. Thanks to them I have discovered the delights of Argentinian popsters, Mantra.

If the combination of the Emociones Mezcladas website and Google Translate are to be believed - and I would trust the former more than the latter - Mantra were formed in 1970 in Corrientes from former members of Los Pokers and Los Dandy Boys, and enjoyed considerable success in the ten years of their existence, achieving "first 7 national posts, 4 in Uruguay and 2 in Colombia" between 1972 and 1974 alone.

Here are a couple of their hits from 1973. Emociones Mezcladas/ Google are particularly keen on "Saravah", which they describe as follows: "an exciting song, of just 3 minutes, intense pace of Pop & Beat Latino, arrangements incredible winds, incessant chorus, and a topic very advanced for the time, (warm evening, phosphorescent, are like fire and shut down nobody) repeats the song, It is definitely one of the best pop songs of the 70s".  I am not sure I would go quite that far, but it is a right cracker.
"Trinidad Tobago" - Mantra

"Saravah" - Mantra

Two short years after Mantra visited Trinidad, Typically Tropical decided to head to the Caribbean as well, taking Pan's People with them.

1 comment:

  1. Well what can you say about this, nostalgia value apart? Nobody would come within a million miles of singing with a faux caribbean accent these days. Wonder what the backing vocalists were thinking?