Phil Manzanera, Roxy Music guitarist and record producer and Lucho Brieva, artist and sculptor, release Corroncho 2, the follow-up album to 2010’s critically acclaimed Corroncho. The Spanish speaking concept album tells the story of two hapless compadres from the Caribbean coast of Colombia, “Corronchos”, who go on a road trip to the’ promised land, specifically Queens, in New York. Mistakenly turning right instead of left from Cartagena on the Caribbean coast, the 13 tracks document their incident-strewn adventures, as they navigate through the countries and cultures of South America, shining a light in their irreverent and humorous way, on the many issues of the Latino man - Love, Death, Politics and Dancing.
The album starts on the beach in Cartagena on New Year’s eve. Both of the Corronchos are on the seashore when midnight sounds and fireworks are let off. One of them has taken some ayahuasca and the other has drunk too much aguardiente, the local hooch, and they have a collective dream that a white horse with wings (the opening track is called Caballo Blanco) tells them to go to north. it is a clear sign that we need to go to the Promised Land which for all Latinos is the USA and especially New York. They jump into their low- rider car, (Low-rider is the first track on the original Corroncho album) and hit the road, but take the wrong turning and instead of heading to Panama and central America, they turn right and have to travel around the whole of South America to get to Queens. The songs on the album, follow their route and delve into subject matter and social issues relating to the countries visited a slightly humorous and politically incorrect way!
Finally, they arrive in the Queens barrio, New York, where they find that the Promised land doesn’t live up to its name, with the same inter- Latino predjudices. They are eventually held up by a Latino gangster rapper, who tells them to go back home. The last track “Volvi” reflects on how the journey has changed them. Or was it all a dream?