Numero Group: By The Numbers

046 Cult Cargo : Alfonso Lovo
June 1, 2012, 2:56 pm
Filed under: Alfonso Lovo, Cult Cargo

The son of a prominent Nicaraguan politician, Alfonso Noel Lovo was an obvious target when Sandinista rebels hijacked a Managua-bound flight from Miami in December of 1971, ultimately putting several rounds through the talented musician’s torso and hand. After several years, and as many surgeries, he would break ground on this this psychedelic pastiche of Latin jazz and pan-American funk, recorded in his nation’s capital in 1976. The binary stars of the sessions would be the agile Lovo and percussionist Jose “Chepito” Areas, who’s timbale work can be heard on watershed records by Carlos Santana, including the Latin-rock milestone, “Oye Como Va.” Lovo’s unreleased masterpiece, combining the talent’s of Nicaragua’s most notorious players, recalls at once the spiritual funkiness of Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi, the studio tricknology of Lee “Scratch” Perry, and the dense propulsion of Billy Cobham’s Spectrum.  Alfonso Lovo y Chepito Areas’ La Gigantona will be available this Fall as part of our Cult Cargo series.

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You guys sure are good at finding, not just awesome music, but incredible drama. Can’t wait!

Is that Lovo in the foreground?

Comment by Jessi Hance

Comrade Douglas Mcgowan gets the credit for unearthing this deeply hidden gem. Check him out at

Comment by numerogroup

Sign me up, this sounds awesome!

Comment by Marc Bonadies

On a completely different tack – what’s the story on “Personal Space” which I’ve just noticed on your catalogue page? Was it compiled by another label but being sold by you?

Comment by Sam Hussain

Compiled by the Numero camp (Dante Carfagna, licensing and research by Rob Sevier) but issued by a different label and distributed by us.

Comment by numerogroup

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