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

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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, & Latinx folk but who knows.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 2 January 2020 16:07 (three weeks ago) link

Here is last year's 2019 thread:

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

curmudgeon, Thursday, 2 January 2020 16:08 (three weeks ago) link

Latin Jazz lives ( for some). At bottom here is a 2019 top 30 album list.

curmudgeon, Monday, 6 January 2020 20:22 (three weeks ago) link

As unperson pointed out elsewhere, the writer’s intro that names countless Latin Jazz pioneers, inexplicably leaves out Eddie Palmieri

curmudgeon, Monday, 6 January 2020 21:44 (three weeks ago) link


The Soundtrack of Burl Ives (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 6 January 2020 21:54 (three weeks ago) link

Still may try to check out Carlos Henriquez and others on list, despite writer’s weird bias

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 7 January 2020 13:30 (three weeks ago) link

Heard a reggaeton song on radio that I liked even if it’s a bit formulaic

Emilia y Darell- No Soy Yo

curmudgeon, Thursday, 9 January 2020 15:26 (two weeks ago) link

x-post - Carlos Henriquez is a Puerto Rican bass player from the Bronx who's in the Lincoln Center Jazz band and leads his own groups

curmudgeon, Friday, 10 January 2020 05:27 (two weeks ago) link

But does Henriquez listen to reggaeton or other current Latinx pop? Are there Latinx Jazz players who do?

Cuban timba has a bit of Hiphop in it; Cimafunk blends classic funk and Cuban son .

curmudgeon, Friday, 10 January 2020 21:44 (two weeks ago) link

As I noted in jazz thread-

I did find a Miguel Zenon Instagram post from Christmas morning where he posted a photo of albums - Bad Bunny x100pre and FranK Sinatra- Only the Lonely and said eclectic Christmas list this year and then described them as #1 albums 61 years apart both killers

curmudgeon, Saturday, 11 January 2020 15:43 (two weeks ago) link

I have found Zenon’s music in the past to be too avante- and improv for me , with the Puerto Rican rhythmic roots he often mentions, hidden, so maybe I will give him another shot . Have not heard his latest : Sonero: the Music of Ismael Rivera

curmudgeon, Saturday, 11 January 2020 15:48 (two weeks ago) link

I liked the Rivera album - actually wrote it up for my Stereogum column.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Saturday, 11 January 2020 16:16 (two weeks ago) link

"Ritmo (Bad Boys for life)" by The Black Eyed Peas with J Balvin is #1 on Billboard's Hot Latin chart. Eh, not that impressive.

Billboard keeps most of its genre charts behind a paywall now, so not sure what else is there

curmudgeon, Monday, 13 January 2020 04:26 (two weeks ago) link

it's a pretty bad track imo

you can still read billboard's paywalled charts in full by viewing the html source lmao. for example by doing that and ctrl+f'ing "item-details__title" i find...

1) the black eyed peas & j balvin "ritmo (bad boys for life)"
2) karol g & nicki minaj "tusa"
3) bad bunny "vete"
4) dj snake, j balvin & tyga "loco contigo"
5) anuel aa, daddy yankee, karol g, ozuna & j balvin "china"
6) j balvin & bad bunny "la canción"
7) sech, darell, nicky jam, ozuna & anuel aa "otro trago"
8) bad bunny & tainy "callaíta"
9) jhay cortez, j balvin & bad bunny "no me conoce"
10) daddy yankee "que tire pa lante"

and so on down to #50

latin airplay chart's top 10, if you are curious, includes #s 5, 6 + 10 from the above list, plus several 'regional mexican' hits (by alejandro fernández, banda carnaval, la adictiva, banda ms, and banda los sebastianes) and rosalía/ozuna's "yo x ti, tu x mi" and ozuna's "hasta que salga el sol". #s 1 and 2 on the overall hot latin songs chart are just outside the top 10 on the latin airplay chart

not exactly an ideal way to read the charts but oh well

dyl, Monday, 13 January 2020 07:51 (two weeks ago) link


curmudgeon, Monday, 13 January 2020 15:09 (two weeks ago) link

Are too many reggaeton songs relying on old 90s reggae dancehall songs . Writer Gary Suarez thinks so

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 06:08 (two weeks ago) link

Mambo in a 1956 Sirk directed movie

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 21:34 (two weeks ago) link

Zenon is too improv jazz for me.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 23 January 2020 15:46 (six days ago) link

Chick Corea won Latin Jazz Grammy. Rosalia from Spain won one too. Angelique Kidjo’s tribute to Celia Cruz won best world music Grammy

curmudgeon, Monday, 27 January 2020 16:42 (two days ago) link

Best Latin pop album
“#Eldisco,” Alejandro Sanz
Best Latin rock, urban or alternative album
“El Mal Querer,” Rosalía

curmudgeon, Monday, 27 January 2020 16:47 (two days ago) link

Best tropical Latin album
(tie) “Opus,” Marc Anthony and “A Journey Through Cuban Music,” Aymée Nuviola


curmudgeon, Monday, 27 January 2020 16:48 (two days ago) link

Bad Bunny new Kobe Bryant tribute 6 Rings

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 28 January 2020 17:48 (yesterday) link

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