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Jungle Fire: Comencemos (Let’s Start)
From digital release (Jungle Fire, 2012)

Phirpo y sus Caribes: Comencemos (Let’s Start)
From Parrilla Caliente (Phillips, 1973)

I recently got an email from the conguero of Jungle Fire, a L.A.-based Afro/Latin-funk band and he was kind enough to send along a couple of new tracks for me to peep. I just hit play without checking the song title and realized, “holy sh–, they’re covering Phirpo!” 1

Given that I think the Phirpo LP is pretty much the best Latin funk album ever, it’s cool to hear a contemporary tackling them…and doing it so well, with all the verve and ferocity of its source material. I don’t know if Jungle Fire plans on releasing this on 7″ but for my sake, I hope they do.

  1. Well, technically, they’re covering Phirpo, covering Fela Kuti. And also, they’re not the first to cover Phirpo’s cover; there’s also this version by Joselo con Manny Delgado.