With the gradual opening of the sales office over the last few months, we needed to address the issue of background music. Since I’m a music nerd (over 2000 albums on my iPod, and a few hundred more I’ve listened to through Rhapsody – I’m not bragging so much as admitting an addiction), I delegated the task of selecting appropriate music to myself. We at Amble are pretty adamant about respecting genius loci and achieving authenticity with every aspect of our development, so the task I gave myself was to try and select the most authentic background music possible.
I’m not going to go into an extended essay about what constitutes authenticity – but let’s just say that simply selecting traditional Panamanian music or the work of Panamanian musicians isn’t the way Amble rolls: ersatz simulacra, while they have their legitimate place in tourism, are not the path to authenticity. We live in a globalized world, and Panama is too small a country to supply the amount and exact types of music we need anyway.
So, what does music on Isla Palenque sound like? I’ll take you through some of the selections I made for the sales office, with links to samples or entire tracks you can listen to. We’ll start with music from Panama; work our way outwards to Cuba and Colombia (two countries intricately tied to Panama’s cultural and musical heritage); then move on to some other appropriate Latin American music; and then get even more global, going so far as to include some post-Balearic pop from an enigmatic Swedish duo.
To be continued…