Monday, July 24, 2017

10 essential Latin grooves: sabor del verano!

10 essential Latin grooves10 essential Latin grooves… Like always, a selection is per definition limited, and God knows how contemporary music would definitely not be what it is without the incorporation of countless elements inherited from the Latin culture… Be it Jazz, Dance if not Rock and eventually Hip-Hop too! Not to mention its countless actors. Be they musicians, singers, DJ’s and producers. As a result, many are those we couldn’t talk about here, even though they would have definitely been worth a mention.

No need to say how this selection is way from being exhaustive, most likely due to find an extension later when the right time comes. Nevertheless, you should find thereafter a pretty much illustrative sample of highly emotional pieces of art where the quality predominates. Be it in terms of melody and arrangements, the lyrics or the vocal performances, and most likely comin’ altogether as one.

Wishing you’ll enjoy the ride as much as we did, while putting this together for you, with your feedback, and a mention of your favorite song more than welcome…

10 essential Latin grooves / Tito Puente & His Orchestra – Ran Kan Kan (Tico Records)
Puerto-Rican percussionist Tito Puente, known as “El Rey Del Mambo”, played a major influence in the recognition of Latin Music Stateside, with a career that spanned over 40 years. Eventually seeing the classic ‘Ran Kan Kan’, from his 1954 ‘Mambo On Broadway’ album remixed back in 1992 by Louie Vega and Kenny Dope. And joinin’ them 4 years after on their memorable Nuyorican Soul album.
10 essential Latin grooves / Negrocan – Cada Vez (Grant Nelson Vocal Mix) (Swing City Records)
“Cada vez que te veo” (“Each time I see you”)… One of the most famous Latin Soulful House jams that ever saw the light. But also most likely, the biggest success ever for UK producer Grant Nelson. The latter comin’ up with the perfect remix for this Summerish delight by the likes of British-based multi-ethnical group Negrocan. A collective put together by Uruguayan singer/bass player Andres Lafone, featuring Brazilian songstress Liliana Chachian (of the Da Lata fame) on vocals…
10 essential Latin grooves / Cesária Évora – Sangue De Beirona (François K Remix) (Lusafrica)
Strangely enough, the one known as the Queen Of Morna (the popular music being to Cape Verde what Fado is for Portugal) or the Barefoot Diva, released her first album ever back in 1988 at the age of 47. From then, she would establish herself as one of the most significant artists in the world. Eventually reaching a new audience with the remixes of some of her classics such as ‘Sodade’ and the aforementioned which François K licensed on his Wave Music label. Reworking it and soon after turning it into a Body & Soul anthem back in 1997…
10 essential Latin grooves / Djeff Afrozila and Alias Rythm – Você Me Chamou (Original Mix) (Vidisco)
A classic back then on our Facebook page, ‘Você Me Chamou’ (‘You Call Me’ in Portuguese). A cut which got our attention on a new face – Tiago Barros, better known as Djeff Afrozila – and his native country – Angola – being the home of an up and coming boiling hot scene. Blending influences from House Music with Brazilian and African rhythms and chants. One of his biggest reworks ever and, in the meantime, the opportunity to enjoy the musicality of one of the most sensuous languages in the world: Portuguese!
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