Over the last 6 years, the London based label Soundway has continued to release an impressive collection of compilations and reissues focused on rare Afro, Latin, and funky international grooves. Their label has turned into a stamp of quality when it comes to these hard-to-find sounds. Looking back now at their extensive collection of releases, the Latin and Cumbia focused compilation series Panama! is definitely one of the labels crowned achievements. This three part series highlighted extremely rare sixties and seventies Latin, Calypso, and Cumbia selections out of North and South America. I've highlighted some of the newer additions in this series on this site (see Panama! 3), however today I thought I would pay tribute to the entire series by sharing one of my favorite tracks off the first Panama! release in the very fitting selection "Viva Panama" by Papi Brandao Y Sus Ejecutivos. A superb funky tropical gem that really gives good insight into the overall sound of the entire compilation series. As more years continue to go by, I think record collectors and music critics will come to the agreement that Panama! was one of the best crafted Latin focused compilation series ever crafted.
Papi Brandao Y Sus Ejecutivos - Viva Panama