Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Global funk connections: Los Amigos Invisibles

On the intro track to Los Amigos Invisibles' second album, a breathy Spanish-accented female voice intones, "Welcome to the New Sound of the Venezuelan Gozadera; a fusion of Latin dance and sex culture."

That tells you most of what you need to know about this ultra-hip quintet (whose name in English means "The Invisible Friends", if you hadn't guessed) from Caracas, Venezuela. Serving up a saucy slice of discofied funk with a little Latin influence on the side, they came to prominence on that second album from 1998, when they were signed to David Byrne's Luaka Bop label. You don't have to speak Spanish to know that these guys have a more than healthy libido - their songs have titles like "Groupie", "Sexy", "Superf*cker" and um... "El Disco Anal". I really wish I understood Spanish, because I've always wondered what the hell an anal disco is. Possibly not the kind of place I'd hang out at though.

Their third album, released in 2000, was titled "Arepa 3000: A Venezuelan Journey into Space". Arepa refers to the cornmeal bread which is virtually Venezuela's national dish, and the spaceship seen in the very cool video for Cuchi Cuchi (below) looks just like an arepa.

Superf*cker is off their 2008 album "En una noche tan linda como ésta". 17 years after the bands inception and they are obviously still caliente (horny).

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