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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven months ago) link


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


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

Mambo in a 1956 Sirk directed movie

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

Zenon is too improv jazz for me.

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

Bad Bunny new Kobe Bryant tribute 6 Rings

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

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

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 4 February 2020 20:02 (six months ago) link

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

curmudgeon, Friday, 7 February 2020 22:03 (six months 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 (five months ago) link

Reading hype for Panamanian Nino Augustine

curmudgeon, Thursday, 20 February 2020 20:43 (five months ago) link

“Miéntete” is pretty damn good!

breastcrawl, Thursday, 20 February 2020 21:42 (five months 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 (five months 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 (five months 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 (five months 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 (five months ago) link

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


breastcrawl, Thursday, 5 March 2020 15:40 (five months ago) link

i would like to see romeo santos live someday

dyl, Friday, 6 March 2020 05:38 (five months 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 (five months 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 (five months 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 (four months ago) link

J Balvin Colores out on Friday

curmudgeon, Thursday, 19 March 2020 04:36 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months ago) link

I need to listen to it more

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 24 March 2020 02:56 (four months 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 (four months 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 (four months ago) link

that DJ Mag piece belongs on whatever the most relevant UK (deconstructed) club scene thread/s is/are as well!


No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 2 April 2020 18:29 (four months ago) link

Andy and his late brother Jerry , who sadly died young as well , both played salsa and Latin Jazz with passion.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 11 April 2020 19:51 (three months ago) link

Afro Latin Jazz Alliance live now
This is awesome!

Three Hundred Pounds of Almond Joy (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 20 April 2020 00:34 (three months ago) link

The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, to be more precise.

Three Hundred Pounds of Almond Joy (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 20 April 2020 00:43 (three months ago) link

Nice --

curmudgeon, Friday, 24 April 2020 03:34 (three months ago) link

sad Covid-19 news

José Torres, 73, Restaurateur Beloved of Salsa Stars, Dies

Salsa musicians had a post-gig ritual in the Bronx. When the music stopped, off they’d go to Joe’s Place, a Puerto Rican restaurant, where the owner and chef José Torres would lay out a free spread. Perhaps it was their enthusiasm for his home-style food that prompted one musician not long ago to announce to a concert audience at Lehman College in the Bronx, “We’re off to Joe’s!”

“It was for the musicians, but whoever wanted to come by, they certainly did,” said Eddie Palmieri, the Latin jazz pianist, who performed at that concert. “Everything in the buffet was on him. Talk about jam-packed! But that was him. He did things like that.”

Mr. Torres died on April 12 at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. He was 73. The cause was Covid-19, his sister Aida Torres said....Mr. Torres didn’t just feed musicians at his restaurant. He was their friend. For years, Mr. Palmieri would stop in every Wednesday to conduct business or catch up with musician friends like the guitarist Nelson Gonzalez or the archivist and producer Rene Lopez.

curmudgeon, Friday, 24 April 2020 03:38 (three months ago) link

Mr. Torres opened Joe’s Place, an unassuming establishment on Westchester Avenue under the elevated tracks of the No. 6 subway line near the Parkchester neighborhood, in 1998. He turned it into a must-visit destination for music stars, a source of a free meal or a loan for out-of-work musicians, a favorite spot for family get-togethers, and even a place to mourn the loss of other musicians who were waked at one of the many nearby funeral homes.

curmudgeon, Friday, 24 April 2020 15:53 (three months ago) link

Were character counts so tight in that piece that they had to say "who were waked" instead of "whose wakes were held"?

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 24 April 2020 16:03 (three months ago) link

Virtual Birdland in about an hour.

Together Again Or (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 26 April 2020 23:33 (three months ago) link

oh man, missed it again. Probably archived on Facebook.

curmudgeon, Monday, 27 April 2020 05:31 (three months ago) link

Behind on my listening to Latin Jazz, reggaeton, and other stuff like Lido Pimienta that I want to hear

curmudgeon, Monday, 27 April 2020 05:32 (three months ago) link

I need to hear the new collaboration single between iLe & Natalia Lafourcade too

curmudgeon, Monday, 27 April 2020 18:36 (three months ago) link

All about collaborations on Billboard Latin charts

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 29 April 2020 12:57 (three months ago) link

At Virtual Birdland again.

My Chess Hustler (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 4 May 2020 00:42 (three months ago) link

If you look in the feed seems about half the comments are from the band themselves.

My Chess Hustler (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 4 May 2020 00:50 (three months ago) link

That's too bad.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 6 May 2020 04:34 (three months ago) link

More indie-pop I guess but gonna mention here anyway the new Helado Negro with Xenia Rubinos collaboration "I Fell in Love"

I like it

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 6 May 2020 04:36 (three months ago) link

i love Xenia a lot but that track's not doing it for me.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 9 May 2020 22:36 (three months ago) link

It is happening again. They got a new mixing engineering recently, I heard.

Spocks on the Run (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 18 May 2020 00:47 (two months ago) link

nice version of "Iko Iko"

curmudgeon, Monday, 18 May 2020 01:23 (two months ago) link

AfroLatinjazzalliance Facebook page.

curmudgeon, Monday, 18 May 2020 01:24 (two months ago) link

In other news, Bad Bunny is on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Plus there was controversy where a certain Bad Bunny song was taken off Spotify allegedly due to a foul Spanish language slang verse. I think's back. Also read that young reggaeton fans were recording tiktok challenges with the song, where they would play it for their abuelas and see the reaction.

curmudgeon, Monday, 18 May 2020 01:27 (two months ago) link

Bad Bunny with another album already--

He didn’t rest for long. A few weeks after our first conversation, Martínez and Berlingeri recorded a new song in his home: “En Casita,” a twee trap ballad about wanting to visit a lover but needing to stay in quarantine. A month later, Bad Bunny dug deep into his vault of unfinished songs, and finalized an 11th-hour follow-up to YHLQMDLG titled Las Que No Iban a Salir, a collection of 10 tracks scrapped from previous sessions.

Martínez first teased the tracks during an Instagram Live stream, sipping rum and singing whimsically into a wooden spoon. Most of the songs were produced during the Yo Hago sessions, but still lacked Bad Bunny’s swaggering verses. Martínez phoned reggaeton veterans like Nicky Jam and Don Omar, who recorded new guest vocals from their homes; he then headed to his engineer La Paciencia’s house, and finished vocals on the remaining tracks in two days. “There was no real meaning behind it,” he says. “I just thought, ’Damn. What people need is entertainment.'”

curmudgeon, Monday, 18 May 2020 03:02 (two months ago) link

To his mother’s great discontent, Martínez quit the church choir at 13 and adopted a new spiritual practice: He’d stay up until dawn, craft beats on his computer, then improvise freestyles for his friends at school. If there were no fresh beats at the ready, he would improvise over salsa music; as he got older, he began regaling neighbors from his balcony with songs by the great Puerto Rican salsero Héctor Lavoe, a critical strand of Bad Bunny’s musical DNA. He describes his musical phases as seasons in his life: There was bachata season, indie-pop season, even Bee Gees season. “There was a time where I would only listen to the Bee Gees,” he admits. “Bee Gees, Bee Gees, Bee Gees. And West Coast rap classics.”

Bad Bunny

curmudgeon, Monday, 18 May 2020 03:16 (two months ago) link

enjoying "sigues con él"

dyl, Wednesday, 20 May 2020 03:37 (two months ago) link

Nice remix with Romeo Santos as well:
Arcangel ft. Sech & Romeo Santos • Sigue Con Él (Remix)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 21 May 2020 22:38 (two months ago) link


No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 21 May 2020 22:39 (two months ago) link

Yea, Santos' balladeer style works well with the wispy reggaeton pop

curmudgeon, Sunday, 24 May 2020 05:32 (two months ago) link

I know it’s not urbano, but NAAFI from CDMX is a very important contribution to underground latinx club/electronic/ experimental music

heavymeddle, Monday, 25 May 2020 00:11 (two months ago) link

Here's a catch-all neoperreo list assembled by the label of the same name:

TECHGRL, El Plvybxy, Tomasa del Real are the most interesting to me.

heavymeddle, Thursday, 28 May 2020 02:40 (two months ago) link

Oh, Chilean Tomasa del Real was living in Los Angeles in 2019 (maybe still is).

curmudgeon, Thursday, 28 May 2020 03:07 (two months ago) link

Harold López-Nussa - "Jazzton" feat. Randy Malcom (Official Video) ...Despite the use of "ton", I don't hear any reggaeton in this new track. But it's a fun one with a vocalist and some salsa and Latin jazz; plus dancers in the video leaping off the paper charts

curmudgeon, Saturday, 30 May 2020 03:53 (two months ago) link

There's a new double album Annuel reggaeton release with lots of big name reggaeton guests

curmudgeon, Saturday, 30 May 2020 03:56 (two months ago) link

some nice news about raymix

dyl, Wednesday, 10 June 2020 05:06 (two months ago) link

Happy to hear it! I only knew him from his “Fake Lover”, which I’ve been having on medium rotation here, especially the remix with Lalo Ebratt et al:
Raymix ft. Lalo Ebratt, Yera, Skinny Happy, Trapical Minds & El Dusty • Fake Lover (Remix)

Listening to some of his stuff today, including smash hit “Oye Mujer”, I’m reminded me that I’ve been neglecting that “Inténtalo”-type Mexican sound for too long.

This is his current hit with Paulina Rubio, “Tú Y Yo”:

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 10 June 2020 10:29 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

Seeing Beyonce holding a Robert Farris Thompson book had me curious what this Yale professor who knows African and Latin music as well as art is up to. Not sure , but here’s a 2019 essay about mambo he wrote

curmudgeon, Friday, 7 August 2020 20:45 (three days ago) link

Farris Thompson appears to be on Facebook but not other social media. Wonder if he’s ever weighed in on reggaeton or more recent Afropop sounds ?

curmudgeon, Saturday, 8 August 2020 15:38 (two days ago) link

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