On this week’s Global Notes, Jerome and contributor Catalina Maria Johnson take a look at bands that play “retrofitted” music. These groups adapt older music and apply contemporary technology to bring long-standing musical traditions into the 21st century.
Songstress Sarah Aroeste brings a 500-year-old tradition to the present with spoken-word flavored, rock–tinged versions of tunes sung in the ancient Judeo-Spanish language.
Boston-based Debo Band pays homage to the golden age of Ethiopian music with its R&B-influenced, horn-heavy ensembles from the 1970s.
M.A.K.U. Sound System is an eight-member Colombian band based in Queens, N.Y. They reference classics from mid-20th century Colombia -- such as the big-band sounds of the Colombian Atlantic Coast like Lucho Bermudez Orchestra as well as the Afro-indigenous music of composer Andrés Landero.
La Comida La Manana by Gerard Edery Ensemble
La Comida La Manana by Sarah Aroeste
Lantchi Biye by Tlahoun Gessesse
Lantchi Biye by Debo Band
Tambo Tambo by Andres Landero y su Conjunto
Colombia Tierra Querida by Lucho Bermudez
Canto Negro by M.A.K.U. Sound System