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 months 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 months ago) link

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

curmudgeon, Monday, 6 January 2020 20:22 (two months 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 (two months ago) link


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


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

Mambo in a 1956 Sirk directed movie

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

Zenon is too improv jazz for me.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 23 January 2020 15:46 (two months 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 months 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 months 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 months ago) link

Bad Bunny new Kobe Bryant tribute 6 Rings

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 28 January 2020 17:48 (two months ago) link

Some discussion of Shakira utiliZing champeta & Congolese rumba / soukous at Super Bowl halftime and her dancing is on Rolling Global thread. Bad Bunny & J Balvin also there.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 4 February 2020 19:11 (one month ago) link

Thoughts on Lido Pimienta? I don't really love what I've heard so far, the music is just OK (I prefer "No Pude" to "Eso Que Tu Haces") but the visuals are decent: a little folklorico, a little surreal,ía but a little nerdier and less swaggering, maybe descended from Aterciopelados and/or Natalia Lafourcade? I feel like if Tumblr was still as big a thing as it once was arty Latin girls would be gif'ing her all over the place.

but also fuck you (unperson), Tuesday, 4 February 2020 19:20 (one month ago) link

From Colombia I see on Twitter, but I haven’t really listened to Lido yet.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 4 February 2020 20:02 (one month ago) link

The 1 video of Lido I saw reminded me of Lafourcade and Venegas

curmudgeon, Friday, 7 February 2020 22:03 (one month ago) link

Crossposting this from the Rolling Afro (!) thread, from Málaga, Spain (yes, that’s Europe, sorry):
Jthyago x Oscar el Ruso x Irrita el Indio x Samueliyo Baby - Vete De Mi Vera

They came to my attention (by way of curmudgeon) through their wonderful cover/interpretation of Rema’s afrojam “Dumebi”. These kids are mad talented.

(If you want to hear Rema’s own part-Spanish remix of “Dumebi” with Becky G, check the Rolling Afro 2020 thread!)

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 19 February 2020 12:37 (one month ago) link

Reading hype for Panamanian Nino Augustine

curmudgeon, Thursday, 20 February 2020 20:43 (one month ago) link

“Miéntete” is pretty damn good!

breastcrawl, Thursday, 20 February 2020 21:42 (one month ago) link

Yes it is.

In a different vein, I just listened to Marc Anthony’s most recent album Opus. It’s a fairly straightforward salsa release with just a bit of a pop tinge. I like it, others seeking newer influences or those partial only to old Fania may not.

curmudgeon, Friday, 21 February 2020 16:33 (one month ago) link

Alas, I didn’t splurge for Marc Anthony’s arena show which got a good review from a freelancer for the Washington Post. He had a 16 piece band with 4 percussionists and did songs from his whole career without an emphasis on latest album.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 26 February 2020 20:46 (one month ago) link

New Bad Bunny album is good but a bit uneven and long, on first listen. Various og reggaeton guests on it

curmudgeon, Thursday, 5 March 2020 13:55 (four weeks ago) link

I don’t hear as much bachata on the radio as I once did, but reunited bachata boy band kings Aventura with singer Romeo Santos are doing 2 20,000 seat arena shows in DC. Review of 1st one sounded a bit similar to when I reviewed them back when—

curmudgeon, Thursday, 5 March 2020 14:36 (four weeks ago) link

Yes, it’s good! See here: thread of bad bunny


breastcrawl, Thursday, 5 March 2020 15:40 (four weeks ago) link

i would like to see romeo santos live someday

dyl, Friday, 6 March 2020 05:38 (three weeks ago) link

Romeo Santos was charismatic when I saw him that time with Aventura. Haven’t gone back to see him solo or now with reunited Aventura. I feel like he’s been to my DC area a few times ( tickets usually pricey)

curmudgeon, Friday, 6 March 2020 15:57 (three weeks ago) link

I've mentioned this before - when I saw Wisin & Yandel at Madison Square Garden some years ago, he made a guest appearance for one song and the instant he walked onstage, the screams from the audience doubled in volume and went up an octave.

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 6 March 2020 15:59 (three weeks ago) link

Fallon and his peers have increasingly hosted artists who perform exclusively in Spanish: Ozuna, J Balvin and veteran reggaetonero Daddy Yankee, among them. But that increased visibility has not yet translated to “Saturday Night Live,” which arguably has the most prominent performance stage in all of late-night....Only a handful of Spanish-speaking musicians (Lopez, and Carlos Santana with his namesake band, for instance) have performed on “Saturday Night Live,” almost always drawing from their English-language discographies. There are a couple of notable exceptions: J Balvin sang in Spanish when he made a guest appearance alongside musical guest DJ Khaled, singer Jeremih and rappers Meek Mill and Lil Baby during SNL’s Season 44 finale. Shakira, who has been musical guest three times, sang one Spanish song in 2005, tapping Alejandro Sanz to join her on their Spanish-language collaboration “La Tortura.”

curmudgeon, Thursday, 12 March 2020 03:51 (three weeks ago) link

J Balvin Colores out on Friday

curmudgeon, Thursday, 19 March 2020 04:36 (two weeks ago) link

the singles so far don’t indicate this, but I hope there will be a fair share of vibey stuff, like there was on Vibras (what’s in a name).

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 19 March 2020 11:34 (two weeks ago) link

It does have another collabo with Eazi!

J. Balvin ft. Mr Eazi • Arcoíris

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 20 March 2020 07:41 (one week ago) link

The J Balvin album is solid but safe. No vibey surprises.
Opening track “Amarillo” is undeniable tho, thanks to that beat by Dutch producer duo Afro Bros (who also did Nicky Jam and Balvin’s “X”):

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Monday, 23 March 2020 23:17 (one week ago) link

I need to listen to it more

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 24 March 2020 02:56 (one week ago) link

Other musical lineages haven’t made such headway in the UK. The Latin sounds of cumbia, tribal, and reggaeton have remained marginal compared to their impact on US club music. African styles from Francophone countries, like coupé décalé from Ivory Coast, have had more impact on the Parisian underground than the club scene over the Channel. Colonial history continues to shape our inheritance.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 2 April 2020 04:16 (three hours ago) link

My Dad loves this. Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca at a special streaming show recorded in NYC at Joe's Pub. I like him at times-- when he sounds old-school or goes timba or even European classical, but not crazy about the fusiony songs

curmudgeon, Thursday, 2 April 2020 04:50 (two hours ago) link

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