At Counterflows a few weekends ago I sat down to talk with Jim C Nedd and Simone Bertuzzi, the creators of a fantastic documentary about Columbian soundsystem culture - PICO: Un parlante de Africa en America. Giant neon decorated and handpainted Picos compete for the most exclusive tracks, the loudest speakers and to put on the best party.The pair also compiled the album GUARAPO! Forty Bangers from Barranquilla , released on Honest Jon’s Records - a taste of the distinct Guarapo sound currently coming from the region.
If you are interested in finding out any more about this incredible sound system culture and about Jim and Simone, here are a ton of links you should check out:
- A clip from their film PICO: Un parlante de Africa en America
- Rest of the Counterflows 2019 coverage
- The Africolumbia blog
- An extensive piece of academic research on Pico Culture by Viola Müller
- Palenque Records
- Some mad Youtube clips of some Piano rata (sampling) work from some picoterras - 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5