Rolling like tumble weed Afro-Latin music thread 2012 (salsa, cumbia, reggaeton, tribal guarachero, etc.)

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Did anyone post this blog's cumbia post last year? If so, sorry

http://generationbass.com/2011/10/15/sexxy-saturday-cumbia-zzk-fauna-and-much-more/

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 28 February 2012 05:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

message from Descarga:

Fania in Flux ...Again
Observant salsa collectors out there have probably noticed that the Fania reissue program at Codigo music has, pretty much, hit a brick wall. According to our calculations, except for compilations and a few packages (ie Asalto Navideño and Our Latin Thing), it has been seven or eight months since any official reissues have been released. To make matters worse, some of the Codigo reissues which have been released are already out-of-print and unavailable. The reason, we have learned, is that Codigo's distribution is changing hands. This means that until the new distributor (Red) begins to release product, the existing stock will start to quickly dry up and disappear. We could be wrong, but it sounds like the reissue program will be, once again, starting from scratch. Sound familiar? The same thing has occurred twice within recent memory. First, in 2005, when Emusica bought Fania from the Masucci family, and, second, when Codigo purchased the label from Emusica in 2009. At one time (pre-2005) the nearly 1500 title catalog was readily available on cd. Since then, only a few hundred titles have seen the light of day. Hard times for both retailers and collectors, indeed.
We will do our best to keep you posted as more details about the Fania reissue program unfold. In the meantime, you might consider stocking up on titles you are missing. They might disappear for a long time... - Descarga

curmudgeon, Monday, 5 March 2012 14:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

Having money for CDs is mostly a thing of the past for me, at this point.

_Rudipherous_, Monday, 5 March 2012 15:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

"Don Omar and Pitbull, Bachata stars Prince Royce and Romeo Santos, the Mexican Rock band Mana, and Latin Pop superstar Shakira are this year's top nominees."

over these awards i've quit caring it's been repeating for like a decade now

fauxmarc, Tuesday, 6 March 2012 16:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

Should I care about these folks or Charlie Zaa?

Artist of the Year, New
- Calibre 50 (Disa)
- Il Volo (Opera Blues/Gatica/Rentor/Geffen/Universal Music Latino/UMLE)
- La Adictiva Banda San Jose de Mesillas (Sony Music Latin)
- Violento (Entourage/Disa/ASL)

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 6 March 2012 16:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

Charlie Zaa is Colombian and has put out some things that are okay, but just okay, at least from what I remember. I don't swear by any of that.

_Rudipherous_, Tuesday, 6 March 2012 19:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

http://www.npr.org/blogs/altlatino/2011/11/02/141933577/-que-rico-funky-new-songs-from-puerto-rico-mexico-and-new-york-city

Note to self--check out Puerto Rican artist Mima, who works with Rita Indiana on her latest

curmudgeon, Friday, 9 March 2012 16:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

not latin but real good to further down see dj raff get a mention on npr! part of the forefront of chilean hip-hop i've been digging for a while now, not sure why puello is the only one that gets any respect

fauxmarc, Friday, 9 March 2012 16:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

(not latin as in traditional afro-latin music)

fauxmarc, Friday, 9 March 2012 16:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

I dont want to force feed anyone but each of the tracks on the NG La Banda is 6-7 mins long and they take you on a journey through Timba / Salsa / Cha Cha Cha / Songo / Charanga / Boogaloo and lots of other good stuff, you just have to get past the timba. And the timba is salsero friendly if you give it a chance.

This is probably the best sampler available;

Marcomarcos, Sunday, 11 March 2012 16:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

I'm not a great fan of Bloque 53 but they did drop one very hot tune back in 2010. La Surursal SA, also out of Barcelona, are the ones, both their CD's are top drawer.

Marcomarcos, Sunday, 11 March 2012 16:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

Interesting to see Frucko mentioned up there, he's been recording new stuff recently due for release later this year, aparently it's going to be a Banco Popular type thing for Fuentes.

Have you guys seen the Joe Arroyo TV soap series, it's really great

http://www.novelasdetv.com/2011/06/capitulos-de-el-joe-la-leyenda.html

Marcomarcos, Sunday, 11 March 2012 16:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

And the timba is salsero friendly if you give it a chance.

Got a feeling 90%+ of U.S. salseros would disagee with you there. Of course, you have the built-in excuse of: well then you didn't really give it a chance.

I may have gotten Bloque 53 mixed up with La Surursal SA.

_Rudipherous_, Sunday, 11 March 2012 16:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

(But I still welcome your talking up the NG La Banda album!)

_Rudipherous_, Sunday, 11 March 2012 16:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

Listening to the Michael Stuart album, Sentimiento de un Rumbero, from a few years back, which I had summarily decided not to bother with based on quickie audio clips. So far, "Lola" is actually pretty decent. I would dance to this. 2007? Has it been that long already since this came out?

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 16 March 2012 17:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

This is, alas, probably about as good as commercial salsa gets nowadays.

I really am not crazy about the random (not really random--but pointless) throw-away snare drum (?) crashes. Suspect this is a timba influence.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 16 March 2012 17:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

Given the album title, it would be nice to have something a lot harder.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 16 March 2012 17:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

Don't be all "rumbero" and then stick to a bunch of 90s RMM style salsa touches.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 16 March 2012 17:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

uh oh, you're doing it again ;)

Laura Lucy Lynn (La Lechera), Friday, 16 March 2012 17:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

actually i heard a song on the radio today that was so fast that it made me kinda nauseated to listen to it -- i don't remember much about the song aside from "mueve mueve mueve te" and the fact that i disliked it

ALSO

this is more folk latin music than dance latin music, but the lomax archives have put up full songs and i have really been enjoying the Dominican Republic 1967 recordings a lot. Stream here: http://research.culturalequity.org/get-audio-ix.do?ix=recording&id=10304&idType=sessionId&sortBy=abc

Laura Lucy Lynn (La Lechera), Friday, 16 March 2012 17:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

actually i heard a song on the radio today that was so fast that it made me kinda nauseated to listen to it -- i don't remember much about the song aside from "mueve mueve mueve te" and the fact that i disliked it

Oddly, I think I might know the song just from that sketchy description (except I don't know the song title or artist--but it sounds like something folded into one of the tribal guarachero mixes I have).

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 16 March 2012 17:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

What is that type of music so I can avoid it? It was awful!

Laura Lucy Lynn (La Lechera), Friday, 16 March 2012 17:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

Honestly the last time I had an almost allergic reaction to a piece of music was when I heard "Put a Donk on It"
Usually I am very open minded and will listen to almost anything once.

Laura Lucy Lynn (La Lechera), Friday, 16 March 2012 17:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

I don't know what type of music I'd call that song. I'm not 100% sure it's the same song, because it doesn't seem that extremely fast, but it's kind of fast and I can see how it could make someone sick.

And the problem with looking for a song with the words "mueve te" is, well, pretty obvious.

_Rudipherous_, Friday, 16 March 2012 17:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

of course

if i have the misfortune to hear it again i'll make sure to remember more about the lyrics !!

Laura Lucy Lynn (La Lechera), Friday, 16 March 2012 17:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

i can only think of a reggaeton mueve te

fauxmarc, Friday, 16 March 2012 19:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

good luck searching for a song called mueve te! Too fast can be good though

Marcomarcos, Friday, 16 March 2012 19:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

I don't want to ever hear it again tbh, so I don't plan on searching for it!

Laura Lucy Lynn (La Lechera), Friday, 16 March 2012 19:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

Orlando Marín, Puerto Rican timbale player and bandleader (who once played with Eddie Palmieri) is still performing as I just read a mention of his Wednesday night the 21st gig in a Ned Sublette email. He supposedly will have a big band with him--Doors / DJ 6:30, 1st set at 8. The Crystal Ballroom at Taíno Towers, 123rd near 2nd. South side of 123rd, entrance by where it says "Harlem Prep Charter School." Elevator to the 4th floor. Ned says the following Wednesday it's charanga night feat. Orq. Broadway with Eddie Zervigón.

He was entertaining when I saw him down here in Arlington, VA years ago.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 21 March 2012 03:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

Wondering if I should do last-minute listening and reading about Rakim y Ken-y who are gonna be in Maryland Friday night. Toying with writing a "reggaeton's not dead" blogpost. Although maybe it is.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

I heard yesterday that Chocolate, I mean the trumpeter Alfredo "Chocolate" Armenteros, was ill. Get well soon Chocolate!

Radio Boradman (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

xp, Mi Corazon Esta Muerto is brilliant. Commercially, reggaeton seems to be in fairly decent health.

Une semaine de Bunty (ShariVari), Wednesday, 21 March 2012 15:13 (2 years ago) Permalink

I just seem to hear so much bachata and so little reggaeton on my commercial Latin radio station. Reggaeton's brief flashes of crossover attention (Daddy Yankee hit and critical attention from Sasha Frere Jones in the New Yorker and others) seem so long ago.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 21 March 2012 17:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

That's interesting. People like Romeo Santos and Prince Royce appear to have a much lower profile in Europe than, for example, Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, Calle 13, Farruko and a few others. From what i see of the South American charts, PR acts still seem to have a lot of sway. Probably different for North / Central America, though. I should listen to a bit more bachata.

Une semaine de Bunty (ShariVari), Wednesday, 21 March 2012 18:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

to be fair the evolution of reggaeton got progressively worse over the past few years, what comes out nowadays seems to be strictly throwaway sing-songy auto-tune bs instead of the dirty playero y nelson-era beats

fauxmarc, Wednesday, 21 March 2012 18:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

email with a pictured flyer I just received from a Hispanic danceclub in Woodbridge Virginia, south of Washington DC, says in part:

Jueves: Bachateros y Perreo Ladies Night

curmudgeon, Thursday, 22 March 2012 19:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

Got busy with family stuff last night, so I wasn't able to do my Rakim y Ken-y recent tracks research I wanted to do

curmudgeon, Friday, 23 March 2012 14:49 (2 years ago) Permalink

Plus, there are these other weekend gigs I am curious about:

Maracuyeah Presents: Kali Mutsa- Chilean pop gypsy electronica at Marx Cafe on Saturday and

on Sun. Mar. 25

Huey Dunbar at the Salsa Room --This early 2000s (?) vocalist star from DLG still melds salsa & r’n’b, right? I liked DLG

curmudgeon, Friday, 23 March 2012 14:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

fyi from a publicist's email:

Waxploitation Records and ZZK Records have announced they’ll be releasing a new project entitled Future Sounds of Buenos Aires. FSOBA is a collaboration featuring some of the most compelling artists emerging from Buenos Aires’ electronic underground including Mati Zundel, Fauna, Super Guachin and Chancha Via Circuito to name a few (complete track list below). To celebrate the release, Waxploitation/ZZK have made a Megamix of the album available for download and stream, premiering the mix at XLR8R.

curmudgeon, Monday, 26 March 2012 17:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

Oscar D'Leon is touring again. He's gonna be in the W. DC area in May. His Venezuelan salsa may not be relevant to current trends, he is in his late 60s, he had a heart attack a few years back, but the guy and his band still put on a great live show no matter what

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 27 March 2012 19:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

This was an EMP presentation by Blanca Mendez

Entitled "Tijuana Makes Some Noise: Ruidoson as a Response and Resistance to Violence in Baja California's Largest City,” the paper will explore the ruidoson sound, including the cultural and political climate out of which ruidoson was born, and the importance of the genre in moving Tijuana forward musically. It will also include the musings of Tony Gallardo, aka María y José, who of course is a crazy person and should provide the GREATEST INSIGHT EVER.
from clubfonograma.com

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 27 March 2012 20:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

http://www.npr.org/2012/03/22/149014932/kickin-it-old-school-music-we-love-that-isnt-latin-rock

I wish NPR's Alt-Latino show would always feature the variety of artists that they did in this program (mostly all big well-known names, but it's more than their standard offerings)

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 28 March 2012 14:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

http://thelatinalternative.com/affiliates/

new syndicated radio show with blog hosted by longtime writer Ernesto Lechner

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 28 March 2012 14:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

Following up on that EMP blurb, this is definitely okay by me:

It would be awesome if every major Mexican city would spawn its own new twist on electronic dance music. These two youtube clips seem to show ruidoson overlapping considerably with 3ball though.

_Rudipherous_, Wednesday, 28 March 2012 15:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

I looked around on intranetz for Oscar D'Leon dates in NYC but couldn't find it. Then tonight I was walking down Roosevelt Avenue and saw a big sign- May 4 at, of course, La Boom.

Singularities Going Steady (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 31 March 2012 04:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

A little disappointed that he long ago stopped playing bass on stage.

Singularities Going Steady (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 31 March 2012 04:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

Although video I am watching shows that he does play it now and then during the show.

Singularities Going Steady (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 31 March 2012 04:32 (2 years ago) Permalink


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