Abarajame, Abismo and my Brother
Writing about Platilina Mosh reminded me of an era of great latin music produced during the late 1990’s. This post brought memories of groups and songs I haven’t listened to in a long time. One of my favorite groups was Illya Kuriaki and the Valderramas. This Argentine rap duo formed in 1991 created music that ranged from soul, funk, hip-hop and other African-American rhythms to rock, alternative, electronica, heavy metal and rap metal. Unfortunately its members, Dante Spinetta and Emmanuel Horvilleur took separate ways on 2001 to pursue their solo careers. The name Illya Kuriaki and the Valderramas, comes from a Russian spy character from a 1960’s Tv show called Illya Kuryakin and the Colombian soccer player Carlos Valderrama.
Their third album, Chaco (1995), sold over 250,000 copies. The video for “Abarajame” received an MTV Latino award for best video in 1996. This video takes place somewhere in Asia and it has a lot of martial arts done in a funny way. My other favorite song from Chaco is “Abismo”. “Abismo” is a mellower song; it is slow and sad, and I really like it.
When I listen to “Abarajame”, I can’t help picturing my brother singing in front of the mirror;
“Mi nombre es Jose Roberto,
soy hijo de Gloria y de Roberto”
(My name is Jose Roberto, I’m the son of Gloria and Roberto)
In his defence, his lyrics were less explicit…