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 (one year ago) link

Me gusta, curmudgeon!

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

Ozuna • Baila Baila Baila

breastcrawl, Friday, 11 January 2019 08:48 (one year ago) link

Yeah, that's a jam.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 11 January 2019 09:21 (one year ago) link

Agree. While Ozuna wins awards at the separate Latin Grammys, he and other Latinsx don’t rate at the “regular “ all genres Grammys

curmudgeon, Friday, 11 January 2019 18:48 (one year ago) link

Listening to ILX Listen: 2019

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 16 January 2019 17:09 (one year ago) link

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

Anitta • Veneno

breastcrawl, Saturday, 19 January 2019 15:43 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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!

curmudgeon, Thursday, 14 February 2019 04:48 (one year ago) link

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.

curmudgeon, Friday, 15 February 2019 06:11 (one year ago) link

I gotta look into that speedy Dominican Debow x-post

curmudgeon, Friday, 15 February 2019 17:58 (one year ago) link


curmudgeon, Friday, 15 February 2019 17:59 (one year ago) link

Somebody just told me the story about Ray Barretto joining Tito Puente’s band, as recounted here, since today was the anniversary of Ray’s passing.

Only a Factory URL (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 17 February 2019 21:35 (one year ago) link

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"

curmudgeon, Monday, 18 February 2019 05:42 (one year ago) link

I need to catch up on the following too:

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 (one year ago) link

Billboard Latin pop-

1. MIA
Bad Bunny Featuring Drake

2. Imposible
Luis Fonsi + Ozuna

curmudgeon, Monday, 18 February 2019 22:35 (one year ago) link

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

curmudgeon, Monday, 18 February 2019 22:38 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

Willie Colon, Eddie Palmieri and others have offered effusive praise

curmudgeon, Friday, 22 February 2019 14:18 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

That violin battle can be seen here:

Only a Factory URL (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 22 February 2019 15:53 (one year ago) link

Interview with Lewis Kahn starts here:

Only a Factory URL (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 22 February 2019 15:55 (one year ago) link

Listening to “Gracia Divina” in his honor.

Only a Factory URL (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 22 February 2019 16:08 (one year ago) link

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

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

daavid, Friday, 22 February 2019 19:07 (one year ago) link

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

curmudgeon, Saturday, 23 February 2019 17:15 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

xp - thanks!

daavid, Monday, 25 February 2019 23:58 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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

“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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

"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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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

curmudgeon, Thursday, 14 March 2019 12:49 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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 (one year ago) link

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

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 27 March 2019 18:45 (one year ago) link

Billboard Hot Latin Tracks

Otro Trago
Sech Featuring Darell

C.I.Morales Williams, O.E.Castro Hernandez, J.Vasquez Valdes, J.J.Mendez
Dimelo Flow
Imprint/Promotion Label:
Anuel AA, Daddy Yankee, Karol G, Ozuna & J Balvin
E.Gazmey Santiago, J.C.Ozuna Rosado, V.Saavedra, Karol G, R.L.ayala Rodriguez, J.A.Osorio Balvin, M.E.Masis Fernandez
Imprint/Promotion Label:
Real Hasta La Muerte

Daddy Yankee & Katy Perry Featuring Snow Con Calma
Con Calma

R.L.ayala Rodriguez, J.G.Rivera Vazquez, D.K.O'Brien
Play-N-Skillz, Scott Summers
Imprint/Promotion Label:
UMLE | El Cartel
Bad Bunny & Tainy Callaita

B.A.Martinez Ocasio, F.G.Ortiz Torres
Tainy, F.Saldana, Tunes
Imprint/Promotion Label:
Lunay, Daddy Yankee & Bad Bunny Soltera

J.Osorio Moreno, R.L.ayala Rodriguez, B.A.Martinez Ocasio, J.G.Rivera Vazquez, C.E.Ortiz Rivera, L.C.E.Ortiz Rivera, N.K.Segarra, J.Echevarria, N.K.Assad
Chris Jeday, Gaby Music, N.K.Segarra, Dulce Como Candy
Imprint/Promotion Label:
Star Island

Jhay Cortez, J Balvin & Bad Bunny No Me Conoce

curmudgeon, Friday, 9 August 2019 03:42 (one year ago) link

two weeks pass...

enjoying this second iLe album, almadura:

it seems so lucid

j., Friday, 23 August 2019 03:48 (eleven months ago) link

I need to listen to it more. Checked it out quickly at first

curmudgeon, Friday, 23 August 2019 15:44 (eleven months ago) link

Several Latinx music critics on twitter are grumbling that Otro Trago
Sech Featuring Darell

Is not getting the crossover media attention it and he deserves despite being number #1 for awhile , but European Rosalia can just say hello and get lotsa love and attention as an artiste

curmudgeon, Thursday, 29 August 2019 14:40 (eleven months ago) link

Sech is Afro-Panamanian

curmudgeon, Thursday, 29 August 2019 14:41 (eleven months ago) link

it's that pitchfork magic

still got it!!!!!

j., Thursday, 29 August 2019 14:44 (eleven months ago) link

It’s a banger alright. I’m especially fond of the remix:
Sech ft. Darell, Nicky Jam, Ozuna & Anuel AA • Otro Trago (Remix)

breastcrawl, Thursday, 29 August 2019 16:16 (eleven months ago) link

Dembow rhythm history w/ a Spotify playlist

curmudgeon, Friday, 30 August 2019 18:54 (eleven months ago) link

X-post — Yeah that Otro Trago Remix is nice

curmudgeon, Saturday, 31 August 2019 16:10 (eleven months ago) link

I also love this one:
Ceasese ft. Polimá Westcoast & Young Cister • Te quiero ver

breastcrawl, Saturday, 31 August 2019 16:49 (eleven months ago) link

There's an interesting digital-only compilation out from Craft Recordings:

V/A - Fania Goes Psychedelic

01. Ray Barretto – Acid (5:07)
02. The Lebron Brothers Orchestra – Let’s Get Stoned (2:49)
03. Johnny Colon & Orchestra – Boogaloo Blues (6:53)
04. The Latin Blues Band – Take A Trip (4:53)
05. George Guzman – Banana Freak Out (3:43)
06. The Harvey Averne Band – Got To Have Brotherhood (2:57)
07. Pete Rodriguez – Oh That’s Nice (4:50)
08. Larry Harlow – Freak Off (3:30)
09. Joey Pastrana – Problems (7:15)
10. Eddie Palmieri – Revolt / La Libertad Lógico (5:25)
11. Ray Barretto – Power (6:08)
12. Bobby Valentín – Use It Before You Loose It (3:02)
13. The Lebron Brothers Orchestra – Summertime Blues (4:44)
14. Jimmy Sabater – Kool It Here Comes The Fuzz (3:14)
15. Flash And The Dynamics – Electric Latin Soul (3:16)

Track 1 originally released on Acid, Fania Records LP SLP 346, 1968.
Track 2 originally released on The Brooklyn Bums, Cotique LP C 1015, 1968.
Track 3 originally released on Boogaloo Blues, Cotique LP C 1004, 1967.
Track 4 originally released on Take A Trip Pussycat, Speed Records LP SS 101, 1968.
Track 5 originally released on Introducing George Guzman, Fania Records LP 348, 1968.
Track 6 originally released on Brotherhood, Fania Records LP 379, 1969.
Track 7 originally released on Oh, That’s Nice! (Ay, que bueno!), Alegre Records LP LPA 860, 1967.
Track 8 originally released as Orchestra Harlow on Harlow’s Harem, Fania Records LP SLP 408, 1972.
Track 9 originally released on Hot Pastrana, Cotique LP C 1025, 1968.
Track 10 originally released on Vamonos pa’l monte, Tico Records LP 1224, 1971.
Track 11 originally released on Barretto Power, Fania Records LP 397, 1970.
Track 12 originally released on Let’s Turn On / Arrebatarnos, Fania Records LP 343, 1968.
Track 13 originally released on Psychedelic Goes Latin, Cotique LP C 1008, 1967.
Track 14 originally released as “Kool It” on El hijo de Teresa / Teresa’s Son, Tico Records LP 1211, 1970.
Track 15 originally released on The New York Sound, Tico Records LP 1233, 1971.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Sunday, 8 September 2019 15:49 (eleven months ago) link

That does look interesting

curmudgeon, Monday, 9 September 2019 15:50 (eleven months ago) link

There are some great cuts on that J Balvin & Bad Bunny album. Was re-listening to it.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 11 September 2019 13:30 (eleven months ago) link

^^^ true words!

Más más más:
Tini ft. Lalo Ebratt • Fresa

Some things I like about this song:
•it features Lalo Ebratt
•it’s informed by Afropop (lesson 1: “One Dance”)
•its subject matter is delicious
•it features Lalo Ebratt

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 18 September 2019 07:38 (ten months ago) link

Saw J Balvin live last night. Fun show. A big production with a set that had a giant bleachers section with a cartoonlike character ( video game meets Hello Kitty meets anime) on it; videos airing behind the set (in a Nam June Paik way), reggaeton dancers in everyday clothes as well as some in cartoon meets videogame costumes; strobe lights and other flashy lighting... On some songs like “La Cancion” there was less going on— just Balvin’s voice, his drummer, guitarist, and keyboard player/ backup vocalist

curmudgeon, Friday, 27 September 2019 14:51 (ten months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Missed bad boy heartthrob Maluma in town recently. He’s not bad

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 15 October 2019 13:05 (nine months ago) link

(no) pun intended?

The guys have a song together:
Maluma ft. J Balvin • Qué Pena

Quite nice, but not really the showstopper it should have been

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 15 October 2019 13:26 (nine months ago) link

Ha re pun. Yes not the showstopper it could have been

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 15 October 2019 16:20 (nine months ago) link

Pedro Capó w/ Farruko song Calma has become a favorite of Nats baseball players after a win

curmudgeon, Thursday, 24 October 2019 01:03 (nine months ago) link

I like Bad Bunny’s shoutouts to salsa and reggaeton acts in the sentimental “Desde el Corazon.” Good video too

curmudgeon, Thursday, 24 October 2019 15:17 (nine months ago) link

That’s a 2018 song I think

curmudgeon, Friday, 25 October 2019 16:46 (nine months ago) link

Saxophonist, composer, arranger, orchestra leader and educator Ray Santos became widely known in the 1990s for arranging the Oscar-nominated theme song for the movie The Mambo Kings. The Julliard-trained Nuyorican musician, who died on Thursday (Oct. 17) at age 90, was himself a mambo king.

Santos started out playing Latin big band music at resorts in upstate New York's Catskills, and performed with Machito’s orchestra at New York's city's Palladium in the 1950s. Over his long career he collaborated with Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente, Tito Rodríguez, Paquito D’Rivera and many others.

He won a Grammy award with Linda Ronstadt for her 1992 album Frenesí. Recently, he had arranged Jon Secada’s 2017 album tribute to Beny Moré, To Beny Moré With Love -- Santos had previously worked with the great Cuban musician himself.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 26 October 2019 16:31 (nine months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Chilean singer Mon Laferte staged a protest at last night's Latin Grammys. Photo is NSFW, so search it up for yourself, but she wrote the words "En Chile Torturan Violan Y Matan" on her chest and dropped her top on the red carpet. (She later won Best Alternative Album.)

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Friday, 15 November 2019 14:16 (eight months ago) link

She’s got a new political song out too, I read. It’s with Puerto Rican Guaynaa.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 16 November 2019 05:28 (eight months ago) link

Rosalia won Latin Grammys album of the year; Pedro Capo -"Calma" song of the year (the remix w/ Farruko also won an award); Bad Bunny got best Urban album; J Balvin & Rosalia best urban song for "Con Altura"; best salsa album was Tony Succar- Mas De Mi; Andres Cepeda got best traditional tropical album; Chucho Valdes -Jazz Bata 2 got best Latin Jazz

curmudgeon, Saturday, 16 November 2019 05:48 (eight months ago) link

Tensions Over Genres and Generations Linger at Latin Grammys
The Spanish pop avant-gardist Rosalía was a big winner at the ceremony, where reggaeton and Latin trap artists were snubbed in the major categories.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 16 November 2019 05:55 (eight months ago) link

Bad Bunny did "Callaita" with an orchestra . Video link in Rolling Stone story

curmudgeon, Saturday, 16 November 2019 06:00 (eight months ago) link

J Balvin and some others did not go to the awards.

“There is a history that dates back many years where our genre has been denigrated,” Balvin explained. “I don’t agree with [the Academy] using us for ratings,” he added. “And then [us] not going home with what we deserve.”

Fellow superstar and frequent collaborator Bad Bunny echoed Balvin’s words in the press room following Thursday’s Grammys ceremony. “There are people who [must] accept that reggaeton is a genre that has been going for more than two decades,” Bad Bunny said pointedly. “Whether you like it or not … we are [the ones] representing Latinos worldwide.”...

curmudgeon, Saturday, 16 November 2019 06:05 (eight months ago) link

Folks mad on twitter that Sech’s “Otro Trago” didn’t win a song award and lost to European Spaniard Rosalía

curmudgeon, Saturday, 16 November 2019 18:14 (eight months ago) link

I listened to that Sech song today. It's bad. Well, it's generic pop-reggaeton that makes it seem like nothing's happened in the genre in a half-dozen years or more (autotune, in-da-club video, placeholder lyrics about love and heartbreak, etc., etc.). I'm not surprised that it's very popular, but do people actually think it's better than Rosalía's work (and when I say that I'm including both her songs and her videos as a whole package)? I mean, I don't even like Rosalía's post-album singles that much but even those songs are much better than anything I've heard from Sech. The dude is a dime a dozen to my ear, and the fact that he's currently popular says nothing about the quality of his work. Or am I wrong?

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Saturday, 16 November 2019 23:35 (eight months ago) link

i don't get "otro trago" myself but given that apparently this is not the first time ppl have questioned its lack of exposure or plaudits in some corners compared to what's readily afforded to, e.g., rosalía -- when, as you mention, there are scores of other aesthetically similar tunes that could be at the center of similar complaints -- tells me that there's more to it than i'm attuned to

i wouldn't say most of rosalía's recent singles are better than it tho. on some level i feel like some of the adulation she's being heaped with in recent months is from ppl who felt like they were a bit late to get on the hypetrain and are consequently responding more to her overall catalog and strength of musicianship than specifically to her recent work, much of which is uninspiring

dyl, Sunday, 17 November 2019 00:07 (eight months ago) link

The “Otro Trago” Remix is better than the original , but yeah it may not be the best choice to use to make the point re reggaeton and Latin Grammys choices

curmudgeon, Sunday, 17 November 2019 20:05 (eight months ago) link

Rolling Stone writer Esposito and headline re announcement of main Grammys--

Latin Music Is Being Quarantined at the 2020 Grammys
Rosalía is the only Spanish-language artist to break into a general category — the rest are castaways

Things seemed to look up in 2019 when “I Like It,” the Latin trap crossover hit by Cardi B, J Balvin and Bad Bunny, received the nomination for Record of the Year. But in spite of its skyrocketing revenue and growing ubiquity in anglophone pop culture — with support from bicultural Latina superstars like Cardi, Camila Cabello and Selena Gomez — Latin music will be excluded from the most prestigious Grammys categories, which include Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Album of the Year.

In 2020, Catalan avant-pop star Rosalía will be the only Spanish-language recording artist to break into the general category that is Best New Artist. Though the Academy has previously honored artists who’ve performed in Spanish, such as Puerto Rican rocker José Feliciano and Ecuadorian-American diva Christina Aguilera, the Best New Artist award has historically gone to those who primarily record in English. A win for Rosalía in this category would be an unprecedented win for Spain, as well as the Latin music industry, which has embraced her over the last two years.

curmudgeon, Friday, 22 November 2019 14:23 (eight months ago) link

So much music to keep up with

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 27 November 2019 15:40 (eight months ago) link


Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 27 November 2019 16:39 (eight months ago) link

Not really seeing Latinx acts on many year end lists. Not many Spain acts either, ha ( she has made a few).

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 4 December 2019 20:45 (eight months ago) link

So someone opened a new jazz club in Baltimore recently and they're busy bringing acts to town-- NYC Latin jazz pianist Eddie Palmieri is there tonight/Thursday through Sunday; and he's gonna be back there in 2 weeks for 4 nights as well.

curmudgeon, Friday, 6 December 2019 05:21 (eight months ago) link

Caramanica in NY Times lists Bad Bunny and Romeo Santos on his year end list. Jon Pareles has ILe on his.

curmudgeon, Friday, 6 December 2019 13:51 (eight months ago) link

A little of everything but mainly reggaeton

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 10 December 2019 17:41 (eight months ago) link

Ozuna’s new album is called Nibiru. I wasn’t feeling the string of singles that preceded it all that much and have been enjoying him more on his features this year, but the album is sounding really good.

Loving the skippy beat in “Fantasía” (there’s not enough of it actually):

Fun track with Diddy:
Ozuna ft. Diddy & DJ Snake • Eres Top (working title “I Need A Top, Part 2”)

(pretty sure this is one of those Illuminati videos I keep hearing about)

breastcrawl, Thursday, 12 December 2019 20:36 (seven months ago) link

Will give new Ozuna a listen. Also need to look at :

curmudgeon, Friday, 13 December 2019 13:54 (seven months ago) link

More top notch reggaeton:
Lalo Ebratt’s Numerología EP is lots of fun, in a Afro-Latino post-“One Dance” kind of way.


breastcrawl, Saturday, 14 December 2019 18:56 (seven months ago) link

that's quite nice

dyl, Saturday, 14 December 2019 19:16 (seven months ago) link

Since we can never read enough discussion of Rosalia versus Latinx artists, here’s J Shepherd from the Slate music crit roundtable :

This is not to say that “authenticity” is the goal or even all that desirable as a flat concept, but when Rosalía is better known by mainstream English publications than Anitta or Natti Natasha or Amara La Negra or Karol G or even Becky G, the system has either gone wonky or is doing exactly what it was meant to.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 24 December 2019 21:20 (seven months ago) link

I might grant more weight to her statement if Googling her name paired with any of those artists' names yielded results. You can't complain that no one's writing about these artists if you're not writing about them either.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Tuesday, 24 December 2019 21:41 (seven months ago) link

(She's an editor at Jezebel. If she wanted to get something out there, she could. The last time she wrote about Amara La Negra was in 2015.)

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Tuesday, 24 December 2019 21:42 (seven months ago) link

As editor, maybe she assigned someone else to write about them.

I wrote up a Karol G preview in 2017 for the Washington DC City Paper, and did Bad Bunny, J Balvin, & Maluma this year. There’s not too much English language coverage of Latinx music in DC area

curmudgeon, Friday, 27 December 2019 00:19 (seven months ago) link

Less "urbano" than I expected, but still strongly represented. 1.'This Is How You Smile' by Helado Negro;2. 'Oasis' by Bad Bunny & J Balvin; 3. 'Ahomale' by Combo Chimbita; 4.'Almadura' by iLe;5.'Sueños' by Sech; 6.'Foam' by Divino Niño; 7. 'Soy Piedra' by Belafonte Sensacional;8.'Sombrou Dúvida' by Boogarins; 9.'System' by Debit ; 10-Joterías Bobas’ by Hidrogenesse

Not really seeing many Latin jazz albums on lists. The genre seemed formulaic years ago, but still hangs on. Pancho Sanchez did a Coltrane tribute I see. The NPR jazz critics poll usually has a separate Latin jazz category, but the 2019 poll is not posted yet.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 2 January 2020 15:36 (seven months ago) link

Time to go to the 2020 thread:

Rolling Afro-Latin Music 2020: Reggaeton, Salsa, Bomba, Latin Jazz, Bachata, Merengue, Urbano and more Latinx

curmudgeon, Thursday, 2 January 2020 16:09 (seven months ago) link

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