Universal Playground’s album of the week 20 – 2020 is Ondatrópica – Ondatrópica (Deluxe Version)

Ondatropica is a wide-ranging musical collaboration co-led by Mario Galeano (Frente CumbieroLos Pirañas) and Will “Quantic” Holland. Depending on the recording session or concert, the ensemble can number anywhere from 10 to 42 members. The pair met when Galeano traveled from his home in Bogota to meet Quantic in a record store in Santiago de Cali, where he was living at the time. After the shopping session, the pair went to a cafe to discuss making music together. A year later, they had a three-week recording session at the legendary Discos Fuentes in Medellin, Colombia. Their self-titled album on Miles Cleret’s Soundway label showcased a magical sound collision (“onda” means sound wave) that showcased everything from cumbia, salsa, and Afro-Caribbean gaita and ska, to hip-hop, dub, and funk. A ten-piece version of that band toured throughout America and Europe playing the Discos Fuentes classic repertoire. That same year, Inversiones Cronos released the Los Irreales Mixtape, co-sponsored by British Council, Sonido del Valle, Radio Nacional of Colombia, and Movistar. A year later, Ondatropica issued an EP with a cover of Fela Kuti‘s “Chop ‘n’ Quench,” along with two remixes.