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 (two months ago) Permalink

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 (two months ago) Permalink

Yeah, that's a jam.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 11 January 2019 09:21 (two 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

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

Listening to ILX Listen: 2019

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

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 (two 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 (one month ago) Permalink

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 month 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.

curmudgeon, Friday, 15 February 2019 06:11 (one month ago) Permalink

I gotta look into that speedy Dominican Debow x-post

curmudgeon, Friday, 15 February 2019 17:58 (one month ago) Permalink


curmudgeon, Friday, 15 February 2019 17:59 (one month ago) Permalink

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 month 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"

curmudgeon, Monday, 18 February 2019 05:42 (one month ago) Permalink

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 month ago) Permalink

Billboard Latin pop-

1. MIA
Bad Bunny Featuring Drake

2. Imposible
Luis Fonsi + Ozuna

curmudgeon, Monday, 18 February 2019 22:35 (one month ago) Permalink

#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 month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month ago) Permalink

Willie Colon, Eddie Palmieri and others have offered effusive praise

curmudgeon, Friday, 22 February 2019 14:18 (one month 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 (one month ago) Permalink

That violin battle can be seen here:

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

Interview with Lewis Kahn starts here:

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

Listening to “Gracia Divina” in his honor.

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

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 month ago) Permalink

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

curmudgeon, Saturday, 23 February 2019 17:15 (one month 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 (one month ago) Permalink

xp - thanks!

daavid, Monday, 25 February 2019 23:58 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month ago) Permalink

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 (three weeks ago) Permalink

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 weeks 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 (two weeks 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 (two weeks 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 (two weeks 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 (two weeks 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 (two weeks 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 (two weeks ago) Permalink

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

curmudgeon, Thursday, 14 March 2019 12:49 (one week ago) Permalink

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