Rolling Afro-Latin Music 2019: Reggaeton, Salsa, Bomba, Latin Jazz, Bachata, Merengue, and more

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Bringing this thread idea back after we just used the 2017 rolling thread through all of 2018. It's intended to be a catch-all thread for the genres in the subject line. I assume people will use other threads for Latin trap, and rock en espanol, but who knows.

I like J. Balvin, recently enjoyed seeing retro mambo band Orquesta Akokan, and thought the Bobby Sanabria and his MultiVerse Big Band: West Side Story Reimagined was listenable if not exciting.

curmudgeon, Friday, 11 January 2019 02:13 (five months ago) Permalink

Me gusta, curmudgeon!

My contributions will be likely be limited to reggaeton. Here’s my mission statement:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=32F2d-wj4Xw

Ozuna • Baila Baila Baila

breastcrawl, Friday, 11 January 2019 08:48 (five months ago) Permalink

Yeah, that's a jam.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 11 January 2019 09:21 (five months ago) Permalink

Agree. While Ozuna wins awards at the separate Latin Grammys, he and other Latinsx don’t rate at the “regular “ all genres Grammys
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/latinos-landed-some-big-nominations-2019-grammys-don-t-reflect-n945441

curmudgeon, Friday, 11 January 2019 18:48 (five months ago) Permalink

Listening to ILX Listen: 2019

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 16 January 2019 17:09 (five months ago) Permalink

Anitta is Brazilian obviously, but this is in Spanish and seems take its cues from J Balvin’s Vibras album:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoYYtYjB3h4

Anitta • Veneno

breastcrawl, Saturday, 19 January 2019 15:43 (four months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Odds and Ends:

Camilla Cebello nicely opened the Grammys doing her song "Havana" with special guests including J Balvin and Arturo Sandoval and Ricky Martin

Was just in Mexico where one night we went to see Puerto Rican salsa romantica singer Victor Manuelle. Good show and there were some impressive dancing couples in the audience.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 14 February 2019 04:45 (four months ago) Permalink

http://wayneandwax.com/?p=9262

Wayne Marshall re Dominican dembow:

As I wrote back in 2011,

If I were writing my mega-essay on reggaeton today, I’d want to make a lot more space for the Dominican Republic’s local take on the genre.

And that has only gotten truer in the 8 years since, as Dominican dembow has continued to grow, change, and gather steam, including outside of the DR. So I was thrilled that People en Español’s CHICA decided to devote so much space to the genre last month. Jennifer Mota has written the definitive piece on the genre, and while I did provide some quotes and Jenny generously cites my research, it’s a piece that I would recommend whether or not you’re a W&W fan.

Among other things, the article is careful to place Dominican dembow in the longer transnational story of reggaeton, from Jamaica to Panama, New York to Puerto Rico, while also showing how the genre has taken a distinct path from its Puerto Rican cousin. Indeed, while I had long understood dembow as a direct DR response to Playero’s and The Noise’s seminal (proto-reggaeton) mixtapes, Mota shows that Dominican producers such as DJ Boyo had been concocting their own mixed up, hyped up version of Jamaican dancehall since 1993!

https://peopleenespanol.com/chica/dembow-from-jamaica-to-el-alfa/

curmudgeon, Thursday, 14 February 2019 04:48 (four months ago) Permalink

The Grammys Buried Latin Trap
In spite of Camila Cabello's splashy "Havana" opener, at the Grammys it was as if the last year or so of Billboard Hot 100 hit-making by Latin American artists hadn’t happened.

https://noisey.vice.com/en_us/article/59xdka/the-grammys-buried-latin-trap

curmudgeon, Friday, 15 February 2019 06:11 (four months ago) Permalink

I gotta look into that speedy Dominican Debow x-post

curmudgeon, Friday, 15 February 2019 17:58 (four months ago) Permalink

Dembow

curmudgeon, Friday, 15 February 2019 17:59 (four months ago) Permalink

Somebody just told me the story about Ray Barretto joining Tito Puente’s band, as recounted here https://www.npr.org/sections/ablogsupreme/2013/04/20/178006676/tito-puente-90-years-of-getting-people-to-dance, since today was the anniversary of Ray’s passing.

Only a Factory URL (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 17 February 2019 21:35 (four months ago) Permalink

Nice story.

So I saw pianist Alfredo Rodríguez & percussionist Pedrito Martinez duet at the Kennedy Center Saturday night. They have a new album 'Duologue' where they do standard Latin jazz plus some autotuned pop verses from pianist rodriguez & some Afro-Cuban chants from Martinez, and an instrumental cover of Michael Jackson's "Thriller"

https://www.npr.org/2019/01/24/687794667/first-listen-alfredo-rodr-guez-pedrito-martinez-duologue

curmudgeon, Monday, 18 February 2019 05:42 (four months ago) Permalink

I need to catch up on the following too:

https://www.billboard.com/charts/tropical-songs

1.Adicto by
Prince Royce + Marc Anthony has been #1 on this chart for 4 weeks as of 2-16

2. Centavito
Romeo Santos

curmudgeon, Monday, 18 February 2019 22:34 (four months ago) Permalink

Billboard Latin pop-
https://www.billboard.com/charts/latin-pop-songs

1. MIA
Bad Bunny Featuring Drake

2. Imposible
Luis Fonsi + Ozuna

curmudgeon, Monday, 18 February 2019 22:35 (four months ago) Permalink

https://www.billboard.com/charts/latin-rhythm-airplay

#1 is 'Mia" by Bad Bunny featuring Drake
2. Ella Quiere Beber by
Anuel AA & Romeo Santos

curmudgeon, Monday, 18 February 2019 22:38 (four months ago) Permalink

That Prince Royce track sounded like standard bachata on my one listen . Have heard other cuts from him I liked better

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 19 February 2019 18:51 (three months ago) Permalink

Cuban timba band El Nino y la Verdad 6 to 7 pm est tonight for free at Kennedy Ctr Millennium Stage in DC and streaming on Facebook & K Ctr website I think

curmudgeon, Thursday, 21 February 2019 14:46 (three months ago) Permalink

Aww, K. Center schedule change. Maybe El Niño couldn’t get visas in time. NYC based Gerardo Contino y Los Habeneros will perform instead. They’re a decent dance band, but not quite as good

curmudgeon, Thursday, 21 February 2019 17:42 (three months ago) Permalink

RIP Lewis Kahn, salsa trombonist & violinist with the Fania Allstars and Larry Harlow’s Band. Harlow is known as salsa’s “ marvelous Jew,” and Kahn was known to some as the second marvelous Jew.

curmudgeon, Friday, 22 February 2019 03:47 (three months ago) Permalink

RIP. I see in that last link that he replaced Barry Rogers in La Perfecta when Barry went off to be part of a fusion band. I forgot about that chapter in salsa history.

Only a Factory URL (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 22 February 2019 04:40 (three months ago) Permalink

Love guys like this, as you may be aware, and love captions like this "A violin battle between Lewis Kahn and Alfredo De La Fe unfolds behind vocalist Emo Luciano during the Larry Harlow Latin Legends Band ." Also finding some moving tributes on social media from musicians that knew him.

Only a Factory URL (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 22 February 2019 04:57 (three months ago) Permalink

Sometimes I see the word "Voirabh" associated with his name. Can't even tell if that is a name, a nickname or a title.

Only a Factory URL (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 22 February 2019 05:00 (three months ago) Permalink

Oh it was a name given to him by Sri Chinmoy.

Only a Factory URL (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 22 February 2019 05:03 (three months ago) Permalink

Willie Colon, Eddie Palmieri and others have offered effusive praise

curmudgeon, Friday, 22 February 2019 14:18 (three months ago) Permalink

Saw that. Also some younger players that aren’t such big names talked about hanging out with him.

Only a Factory URL (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 22 February 2019 14:26 (three months ago) Permalink

That violin battle can be seen here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoAH7nwU-DE

Only a Factory URL (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 22 February 2019 15:53 (three months ago) Permalink

Interview with Lewis Kahn starts here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4I8O5yGEQ10

Only a Factory URL (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 22 February 2019 15:55 (three months ago) Permalink

Listening to “Gracia Divina” in his honor.

Only a Factory URL (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 22 February 2019 16:08 (three months ago) Permalink

Looking for recommendations for synth-pad heavy, highly melodic reggaeton/neoperreo, in the same vein as these:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjNutfto9fk&

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kz8ve5rlgmM&

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvYbR0mr0mk&

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6DWopZcGTM&

...basically, a bit like Europop but with a Reggaeton beat.

daavid, Friday, 22 February 2019 19:07 (three months ago) Permalink

Maybe this article will give you some neo- p reggaeton ideas

https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/latin/8473231/neoperreo-sub-genre-reggaeton-feature

curmudgeon, Saturday, 23 February 2019 17:15 (three months ago) Permalink

Willie Colon, Eddie Palmieri and others have offered effusive praise

Bobby Sanabria and Rubén Blades, especially, along with lots of others you might not know.

Only a Factory URL (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 24 February 2019 13:33 (three months ago) Permalink

xp - thanks!

daavid, Monday, 25 February 2019 23:58 (three months ago) Permalink

X-post— saw tweets from musicians like Pete Nater and Doug Beavers whom I don’t know, re Lewis Kahn

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 26 February 2019 16:23 (three months ago) Permalink

Met Doug Beavers once at Club Bonafide. Think he might have been one of the first to hear about his co-instrumentalist passing.

Only a Factory URL (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 26 February 2019 22:45 (three months ago) Permalink

Latin trap overview piece in Washington Post by Julyssa Lopez, who has written some good freelance articles for various sites

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/music/record-labels-said-latin-trap-was-going-nowhere-billions-of-youtube-views-proved-them-wrong/2019/02/28/9d614286-2ee7-11e9-813a-0ab2f17e305b_story.html?utm_term=.7cd86980ab70

“It doesn’t have to be all tight latex pants,” Fuego said. “There just has to be a variety. But we need to be involved, too — us, the street dudes or whatever you want to call us.”

As Latin trap has become part of the broader urban umbrella, some wonder if it’s moment has passed and point out that what’s being released goes beyond a “Latin trap” label. Others insist that trap is here to stay; it’s just moving in a new direction.

“The music has to change, otherwise it’s all going to sound the same,” Messiah said. “There was a moment where everything was trap. But the other day, I was listening to a whole bunch of records, and you got things that are dance hall or more R&B, and that’s what it has to be.”

It’s not only the music that’s changing. Anuel was released from prison last summer after serving more than two years, but his homecoming concert was canceled after an offensive diss track he’d aimed at the rapper Cosculluela leaked online. Anuel referred to the song, which uses homosexuality as a taunt, as “the biggest mistake of my career, worse than going to prison”...

curmudgeon, Monday, 4 March 2019 13:16 (three months ago) Permalink

https://www.forbes.com/sites/garysuarez/2019/03/05/despacito-daddy-yankee/

After 110 consecutive charting weeks, Luis Fonsi’s smash hit with Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber has completely disappeared from Billboard’s multi-metric Hot Latin Songs ranking

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 5 March 2019 20:56 (three months ago) Permalink

love this funky old almost bugaloo song by late Spanish singer Dolores Vargas La Terremoto called "A La Pelota" that I just heard on WFMU

curmudgeon, Sunday, 10 March 2019 03:32 (three months ago) Permalink

thought revive would be about Bobby Sanabria's new radio gig.

Theorbo Goes Wild (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 10 March 2019 03:37 (three months ago) Permalink

"despacito" having been on the charts for literally over 2 years and still being top 3 the week before it was removed pretty succinctly illustrates why no one likes the hybrid genre chart methodology billboard switched to in 2012

dyl, Sunday, 10 March 2019 15:38 (three months ago) Permalink

X-post- I never listened to the prior Latin Jazz show on that station that was there for 20 some years I read. Was it good? Will Sanabria be better?

Dyl— read that article & I didn’t understand how those radio placement rules work. Thanks for confirming what I thought

curmudgeon, Sunday, 10 March 2019 21:55 (three months ago) Permalink

I listened to the prior incarnation and it was fine although I didn't often feel compelled to listen. The new host may play a wider variety of music, although he sometimes has a certain kind of overbearing NYC personality.

Theorbo Goes Wild (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 10 March 2019 22:14 (three months ago) Permalink

That annual NY Times magazine music Issue edited by Nabisco once again largely ignored most of the world . Just 1 Spanish language tune of the 25 highlighted songs “that matter right now”. From Rosalia of Spain.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 12 March 2019 00:02 (three months ago) Permalink

http://remezcla.com/features/music/rauw-alejandro-profile-urbano/

Puerto Rican “urbano “ vocalist ( his dad played guitar & sang) Rauw Alejandro

curmudgeon, Thursday, 14 March 2019 12:49 (three months ago) Permalink

Listening to Cuban group Cimafunk —Cuban afrofunk meets Prince

Also, not a Fan of Juanes, he’s ok, but really like track I heard on radio “La Plata” featuring Lalo Ebratt. More pop less bombastic

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 27 March 2019 17:42 (two months ago) Permalink

I missed Eddie Palmieri ‘s most recent multiple nights at little Blues Alley in DC. Didn’t see reviews or check Instagram to see if anyone snuck a video

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 27 March 2019 17:44 (two months ago) Permalink

Cimafunk are fun! Playing National Sawdust in NYC in April I think.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 27 March 2019 18:45 (two months ago) Permalink

They’re in DC at Tropicalia tonight . The $25 in advance tix are gone and they want $40 at the door. Don’t know promoter. I think I am gonna skip it.

Other stuff I am listening to: salsa act Michael Stuart has a track on the Billboard hot tropical list . It has a syrupy pop chorus but a straight up banging rhythmic salsa feel under the verses

curmudgeon, Thursday, 28 March 2019 14:11 (two months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

So Madonna’s been apparently living in Lisbon, Portugal, and her new album has collaborations with Maluma from Colombia and with Anitta from Brazil

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 17 April 2019 18:50 (two months ago) Permalink

On the Madonna thread they’re grumbling that she’s mostly working with Mirwais again.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 17 April 2019 18:53 (two months ago) Permalink

I had been waiting for Lalo Ebratt and producer Trapical to recreate some of that “Mocca” magic. This is very much it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2W6dG_B6zs

Lola Indigo ft. Lalo Ebratt • Maldición

(Lola Indigo sure has some good singles!)

breastcrawl, Friday, 26 April 2019 07:41 (one month ago) Permalink

Case in point: “El Humo” is Rosalíaggaeton done right, i.e. it’s much better than “Con Altura”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Dlg89bDVLQ

breastcrawl, Friday, 26 April 2019 07:59 (one month ago) Permalink

I like this one better, but that's because I'm a big fan of Mala Rodríguez:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-geL8Q3U18

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Friday, 26 April 2019 12:05 (one month ago) Permalink

Yep, that one and “Ya No Quiero Nó” are good too.

Had forgotten she’s actually from Spain - but soundwise she’s firmly on the Nuevo Mundo side of things.

breastcrawl, Friday, 26 April 2019 16:09 (one month ago) Permalink

http://www.hostos.cuny.edu/Home-Page-Content/News/Hostos-Center-for-the-Arts-Culture-Presents-Thre

May 2 to 4th Machito tribute with concerts and lectures at Hostos Community College in the Bronx

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 30 April 2019 20:51 (one month ago) Permalink

one month passes...

https://www.billboard.com/charts/latin-songs

Con Calma
Daddy Yankee Featuring Snow
Song Lyrics
1
LAST WEEK
1
PEAK POSITION
18
WEEKS ON CHART
GAINS IN PERFORMANCE
2
Bad Bunny Featuring Drake MIA Billboard Hot Latin Songs
MIA
Bad Bunny Featuring Drake
Song Lyrics
2
LAST WEEK
1
PEAK POSITION
34
WEEKS ON CHART
3
Lunay, Daddy Yankee & Bad Bunny Soltera Billboard Hot Latin Songs
Soltera
Lunay, Daddy Yankee & Bad Bunny
3
LAST WEEK
3
PEAK POSITION
12
WEEKS ON CHART
4
Pedro Capo X Farruko Calma Billboard Hot Latin Songs
Calma
Pedro Capo X Farruko
4
LAST WEEK
3
PEAK POSITION
34
WEEKS ON CHART
GAINS IN PERFORMANCE
5
Ozuna x Daddy Yankee x J Balvin x Farruko x Anuel AA Baila Baila Baila Billboard Hot Latin Songs
Baila Baila Baila
Ozuna x Daddy Yankee x J Balvin x Farruko x Anuel AA
6
LAST WEEK
3
PEAK POSITION
21
WEEKS ON CHART
AWARDS
BIGGEST GAIN IN STREAMS
GAINS IN PERFORMANCE
6
DJ Snake Featuring Selena Gomez, Ozuna & Cardi B Taki Taki Billboard Hot Latin Songs
Taki Taki
DJ Snake Featuring Selena Gomez, Ozuna & Ca

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 4 June 2019 16:05 (two weeks ago) Permalink

In non-chart music, old-school Puerto Rican salsa violinist Alfedo De La Fe (who might have been on Fania) is gonna be down in DC Saturday night at a tiny little club. He and a small band put on a great show when I last saw him (sometime between 2004 and 2008 )

Looks like the current administration is the cause that some Cuban musicians who were scheduled to come to DC have cancelled. The theatre just said due to issues involved with international travel, but you-know who is cracking down on US/Cuba relations again.

curmudgeon, Friday, 7 June 2019 03:27 (one week ago) Permalink

Where in DC?

Heez, Friday, 7 June 2019 18:19 (one week ago) Permalink

Oh sorry, Habana Village

curmudgeon, Sunday, 9 June 2019 15:35 (one week ago) Permalink

I didn't make it. Also not seeing that anyone posted video clips on social media. Hopefully he'll be back

curmudgeon, Sunday, 9 June 2019 15:55 (one week ago) Permalink

xps

This is also in that Latin Songs top ten:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aA_kuFTV-P8

Nicky Jam ft. Ozuna • Te Robaré

breastcrawl, Monday, 10 June 2019 12:39 (one week ago) Permalink


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