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The branch of heaven


A source of youth called “Pachanga”


Capital of the Colombian Pacific region, the city of Cali is the second Latin American city in afrolatin population.
Here come together the influences of the Pacific, the Andes and the South of Colombia.
Nostalgic, bitter by the dominion of the musics that now move the youth, some of the Cali nightlife’s pionners decide to retake spaces to dance to the tempo of Pachanga.

Between 1940 and 1975, Antillean music, the Fanfare and the Boogaloo have been the soundtrack of the creation of a hundred of new districts of Cali’s demographic boom.

At the present time, Cali is considered the world-wide capital of the salsa’s culture, not as much by her musical production, but by her reception and her “consumption” of the Salsa, reflected by generations of worldwide champions of dance.
They all practise their tropical swing in a hundred of dancefloors. Salsoteca, viejoteca, discoteca are dedicated to the “Blow” or to Antillean music and “old school” rhythms.

The topography, the social and urban dinamics reflect the Cali’s diversity. Located in montainous slopes, the districts of Siloe and Terrón Colorado, have initially been populated by Andean communities.
The flat zone of the East of Cali, which is also called the city of the seven rivers, is identified like Agua Blanca. This ex-zone of flood of the Cauca river, represents a refuge for the countryside black communities, displaced by the military conflict.

In spite of that fragmentation, Cali represents one of the few Latin American examples of a successful and harmonious ethnic coexistence : a 7 nights and days branch of heaven. Here always the welcome occurs to the foreigners. Their contributions are valued, expected and loved.

Playlist of Cali’s rhythms (personal mix)

Pachanga and Charanga

When the Cuban revolution turned into political changes, La Habana closed her North American jet-sets dancefloors and casinos. The massive Cuban orchestras migrated to New York, where they became sextets and quartets.
The cultural shock, the exchange and sharing between latin and afro-american populations, produce new sounds, and generate new music styles. Rhythms are speeder than Danzon, Cha Cha Chá and Guaracha.
The first “Charanga” quickly comes out. Its melody is maintained by a flute. The cowbell and the conga predominate. The impact of this new genre is inmediate. in 1960, “Pacheco y su Charanga” is the most latin LP sold in the USA.

More music,more instruments

The musician Ray Barreto, born in the bronx (Harlem) takes it back including trumpet and saxotenor. Charlie Palmieri incorporates the violin and implements the edge, to accelerate the pace.
1965 is an another stage in the evolution of Latn music with the creation of the Boogaloo, a latin rockabilly.
The second generation of Cuban and Puerto Rican migrants change the speed of the Latin tempo, by merging Rhytm and blues, Gospel, Soul Guajira and
Cuban son.
The Pachanga and Boogallo’s Long Plates immediately arrive at Colombia. At that time, Cali that was transformed by important urban changes, felt in love with the cadence and the new tempo of Pachangas.