Now I’ve never been to Panama but my friend, Rob, has.
“There is a lady called Elena Montilla in a little town in the middle of Panama called Ocù. She’s one of the last panama hat makers since they are almost all made in Ecuador these days. But though Ocù’s hat industry may be dwindling, Angolan pizza manufacture is on the up there. The main square is home to Pizza Angola – a one man mission to bring pizza to Panama along with some fine African music while you wait. And how did this Angolan fellow end up in Ocù? Via the Ukraine obviously! Turns out he won a scholarship to the university in Kiev at the same time as a girl from Ocù. They met, got married and he moved to Panama and started a pizza joint.
Over to Matt for today’s rocking Panamanian track.”
Thanks, Rob. I for one am all for meeting people in foreign countries and then deciding to get married!
I’ve selected two tracks for today’s guest post, both from Soundway Records’ excellent Panama complilations. Panama 2: Latin Sounds, Cumbia Tropical and Calypso Funk on the Isthmus 1967-77 was just released this month. It’s the follow-up to their 2006 release, Panama: Latin, Calypso and Funk on the Isthmus 1965-75.
ps- I’m heading to Brussels tonight for the Couleur Café festival. Will report back next week. And hey, if you’re going to be there then drop me an e-mail; the Benn Loxo Free Beer On Matt deal still stands!panama