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…



2 responses

  1. Meme

    Ayyyyy Jose!!! jajajajajajajajajaajajaja…

    Esa canción es un hit, para mí la mejor parte era:

    “Yo le dije a pedro, you are latino brotha
    be careful of pigs, they are trying to be badder
    él no me hizo caso y se fumó un perro
    un ovejero yuta de un dueño hijo de puta
    pedro murió de ocho tiros policiales
    según la ley ocho tiros legales
    yo aspiro la paz, tu aspiras de la otra
    saquéame la dicka sin tu tropa”

    September 16, 2010 at 8:55 am

    • Si meme, Jose se gozaba esa cancion!!! y el video es un chiste…

      September 16, 2010 at 9:03 am

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