[Editor’s Note: this is the third of six playlist posts collected in our Island Music series, which shares some of the Spanish and Latin music playlists we’ve created for our Panama resort, with a little context about the artists and styles featured in each.]
As you’ve discovered via our “Tradicionalistas” and “Tradición en Transición” playlists, island music at Edén is firmly rooted in Latin America. Many of the playlists at Las Rocas, on the other hand, have more to do with the “desert island fantasy” that naturally arises from this bar’s stunning beachfront locale. Shaded by gargantuan jungle trees and glancing sidewise at vast expanses of zebra-striped sand and sparkling Pacific to the horizon… it’s not long before you start imagining “going native” — questioning why we wear shoes at all, coming up with ideas for tattoos, and just generally wondering what it would be like to cut your ties to the rest of the world. I can attest to the fact that, after spending some time on the island, this does indeed begin to happen. It’s a wonderful frame of mind to be in (and while it is ultimately just a fantasy for most of us, if you want to stay permanently, we can accommodate you); and if you find yourself wanting to get into this tribal frame of mind at home, this playlist will help.
This set is bookended by tracks from Te Vaka, an Oceanic band that mixes indigenous percussion (log drumming and thigh-slapping, for example) with acoustic and electric guitars for a swelling South Pacific sound, while Bill Laswell’s bass-heavy homage to Jamaican melodica-ist Augustus Pablo fills out the middle of the playlist, along with two tracks from Brazilian Marisa Monte’s poppy but indigenously-infused Tribalistas album. The rest of the tracks transport you around the globe while preserving their tribal commonality, whether through Gaudi or Thievery Corporation remixing vocalists from ancient traditions, the Celtic-African fusion of Baka Beyond, or the unfiltered sound of Baba Djan.
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