Rolling Afro-Latin Music 2021: Reggaeton, Salsa, Bomba, Latin Jazz, Bachata, Merengue, Urbano and more Latinx

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As always, we will define broadly what can fit here, but the emphasis should be on Reggaeton, Salsa, Bomba, Latin Jazz, Bachata, Merengue, Urbano

curmudgeon, Sunday, 3 January 2021 01:45 (eight months ago) link

If you want a read a tribute to salsa singer Tito Rojas who died late last year (at too young an age), go to this Spanish language blog

curmudgeon, Sunday, 3 January 2021 01:50 (eight months ago) link

two weeks pass...

way behind on my reggaeton listening.

Meanwhile, Latin Jazz continues on. Here are the top 2020 results from the NPR Jazz critic poll that has sepate Latin Jazz and jazz vocalists and jazz reissues categoreis

NPR Latin Jazz from above

1. Arturo O'Farrill/The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Four Questions (Zoho)
Votes: 18
Bandleader Arturo O'Farrill translates the essential inquiry at the heart of W.E.B DuBois' tract, The Souls of Black Folks, into an epic symphonic exploration. How does virtue face down violence? O'Farrill and his orchestra respond with polyrhythmic vivacity and harmonic elation. Yet, the lightly spoken sections — Dr. Cornel West's contribution — invoke the deep suffering that prompted DuBois to write more than a century ago, and O'Farrill to compose today. –Suzanne Lorge

2. Aruán Ortiz With Andrew Cyrille and Mauricio Herrera, Inside Rhythmic Falls (Intakt) 11

3. Gonzalo Rubalcaba & Aymée Nuviola, Viento Y Tiempo: Live at the Blue Note Tokyo (Top Stop Music) 6

3. Diego Urcola Quartet Featuring Paquito D'Rivera, El Duelo (Sunnyside) 6

3. Papo Vázquez Mighty Pirates Troubadours, Chapter 10: Breaking Cover (Picaro) 6

6. Dafnis Prieto Sextet, Transparency (Dafnison Music) 5

6. Manuel Valera New Cuban Express Big Band, José Martí En Nueva York (Greenleaf Music) 5

curmudgeon, Sunday, 17 January 2021 17:01 (eight months ago) link

four weeks pass...

Bad Bunny is gonna be the guest on Saturday Night Live February 20

Right now I am watching a different style of Latin music-- "From Tuba to Cuba" doc for free on Tipitina's tv youtube site re New Orleans Preservation Hall Jazz Band visit to Cuba and playing with Cuban bands in different locations across the country

curmudgeon, Sunday, 14 February 2021 20:45 (seven months ago) link

Interesting profile of Puerto Rican r’n’b & reggaeton artist Rauw Alejandro

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 16 February 2021 15:39 (seven months ago) link

Been listening to SiriusXM Caliente station in the car recently and 2 salsa singers, Gilberto Santa Rosa & Victor Manuelle , get played among the reggaeton and Latin pop stars who are on the charts. It’s interesting how radio playlist creators decide who can fit in their tight formats and who can’t. I wish their playlist would be more varied, but I am not in demographic surveys apparently.

curmudgeon, Monday, 22 February 2021 18:38 (seven months ago) link

Bad Bunny was ok on SNL. 1 st song was a duet with Rosalia . I’m a fan but his delivery of the 2 cuts didn’t wow me.

curmudgeon, Monday, 22 February 2021 19:45 (seven months ago) link

Miguel Zenon on link talks about how he listens to salsa and bolero singers for inspiration. This January album he is with Luis Perdomo. I haven’t listened yet. As I have noted on this board in the past, Zenon interviews always make me want to like his music, but then I do listen and he emphasizes improvisation, noise, and minimalism over rhythm and low-brow me gets disappointed. He is a MacArthur grant winner.

curmudgeon, Monday, 22 February 2021 19:57 (seven months ago) link

Becky G x Burna B:

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 23 February 2021 08:40 (seven months ago) link

Sounds good and is getting hype as part of a Pepsi ad ( with soccer /football in it)

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 21:53 (seven months ago) link

ah, didn’t know that

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 22:14 (seven months ago) link

hypnotic new Balvin track (with producer buddy Sky Rompiendo):
J Balvin • Ma' G

Blick, Bils & Blinky • Let's Skip The Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Friday, 5 March 2021 08:42 (six months ago) link

New Balvin track didn’t wow me on first listen. I like some prior cuts that were more pop. Maybe on further listens the rhythm will feel more hypnotic to me, and the vocals will impress me more.

curmudgeon, Friday, 5 March 2021 20:12 (six months ago) link

Speaking of J Balvin, he’s also in this article. Didn’t know about his racist/sexist comment re Rihanna .

I have liked some of Arcangel’s music but his comments discussed in this story are hypocritical and problematic

curmudgeon, Sunday, 14 March 2021 05:00 (six months ago) link

Bad Bunny performance was great on the Grammys

curmudgeon, Monday, 15 March 2021 04:49 (six months ago) link

Paulus Music - Dominican dembow and trap

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 23 March 2021 15:10 (six months ago) link

Thurs April 8 from 7-9 et via Eventbrite w/ a charge $

Join Radio Caña Negra as we kick off the first workshop in our community series with
@ReggaetonXGata This webinar delves into the historical and contemporary of plena, reguetón, perreo and race led by reggaeton historian and artist, Kathleen Eccleston

$40 seems a bit pricey

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 23 March 2021 15:27 (six months ago) link

63rd Annual Grammy Awards WINNER · Best Latin Jazz Album · FOUR QUESTIONS · Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 24 March 2021 05:37 (six months ago) link

Haven’t listened to that O’farrill album yet. I wonder if he & his group add anything new or different to the standard Latin jazz structure?

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 24 March 2021 17:33 (six months ago) link

so fucking ready for this Dominican banger to be the worldwide post-covid (or at least post-mass vaccination) party anthem:
Axel Rulay x Verbo Flow • Si Es Trucho Es Trucho

while the original has amassed 3M views on YouTube in less than two months, the remix with Farruko and El Alfa is at nearly 3.5M views in less than two *weeks*:

Blick, Bils & Blinky • Let's Skip The Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Monday, 29 March 2021 18:59 (five months ago) link

Interview w/ Latin pop/ Reggaeton vocalist Karol G . She has An Aventura guitarist on one track on her new album coming out Friday plus various other guests - J Balvin

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 30 March 2021 02:43 (five months ago) link

First time hearing “si es trucho es trucho” and loving the vibe. Hope it becomes big in Mexico too.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 30 March 2021 04:24 (five months ago) link

Excited about the new Karol G album, will probably be the first massive album of 2021 in latinamerica.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 30 March 2021 04:27 (five months ago) link

"si es trucho es trucho" is a jam

dyl, Tuesday, 30 March 2021 04:55 (five months ago) link

From a press pr email about the April 17 Marc Anthony livestream concert ( where he will be joined by Daddy Yankee)

This coming Saturday, April 17th two of the most iconic Latin singers join the worlds of reggaetón and salsa music on stage to perform “De Vuelta Pa’ La Vuelta,” their latest single, which has spent 13 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Tropical Airplay, marks the first collaboration between the two Puerto Rican powerhouses

curmudgeon, Friday, 9 April 2021 15:09 (five months ago) link

diggin dat Dominican dembow:
El Alfa • Arrebatao

Blick, Bils & Blinky • Let's Skip The Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Saturday, 10 April 2021 18:37 (five months ago) link

That’s a good one

curmudgeon, Monday, 12 April 2021 15:50 (five months ago) link

Bad Bunny has announced a 2022 US arenas tour.

curmudgeon, Monday, 12 April 2021 15:51 (five months ago) link

And it is selling out quickly.

Meanwhile the May 2021 LAMC is free and online

curmudgeon, Friday, 16 April 2021 15:24 (five months ago) link

New Natalie Lafourcade duet Cien Anos, with Pepe Aguilar covering 1953 song popularized by Pedro Infante ; from her upcoming album Un Canto por Mexico, vol. 2.

The 'Un Canto' project benefits the cultural center El Centro de Documentación del Son Jarocho.

curmudgeon, Friday, 16 April 2021 19:48 (five months ago) link

Marc Anthony concert stream Saturday night April 17 crashed as it could not handle demand

curmudgeon, Sunday, 18 April 2021 23:45 (five months ago) link

"si es trucho es trucho" is a jam

― dyl, Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Draymond is "Mr Dumpy" (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 21 April 2021 15:56 (five months ago) link

Bad Bunny singing & dancing to “....trucho” on IG

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 21 April 2021 21:47 (five months ago) link

"Young Zapatistas -- you know what they like?" He mumbled inaudibly into the microphone. "They like" mumble-mumble. "They really like" mumble-mumble. Finally, with reluctance. "They like -- reggaeton. There, you made me say it."

-- Subcomandante Marcos, quoted in Paul Theroux's "On the Plain of Snakes"

curmudgeon, Thursday, 29 April 2021 18:05 (four months ago) link

I didn’t remember to jump online quick to buy 2022 Bad Bunny tix, and now Stubhub, Ticketmaster etc are just selling them at insane prices. Maybe prices will drop close to show

curmudgeon, Thursday, 29 April 2021 18:07 (four months ago) link

Friday April 30, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.

(Bronx, NY) Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture presents “The Musical Journey of Jane Bunnett” on Friday April 30, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. on Zoom, Facebook Live and YouTube. There will be tributes from percussionist Pedrito Martínez, pianist Hilario Durán, Yissy García of Maqueque and producer and writer Nat Chediak. The evening is hosted by Michael Ambrosino, producer and host of Currents, Dialectics & Dialogs at

curmudgeon, Thursday, 29 April 2021 19:42 (four months ago) link

I missed that last night.

If you would rather catch up on reggaeton tv appearances than Latin jazz streams there is this

curmudgeon, Saturday, 1 May 2021 14:27 (four months ago) link

Karol G ft. Mariah Angeliq • El Makinon

I need to pay so much more attention to Karol G. I also loved "Bichota", but she's got a whole album to explore, KG0156 - Moka mentioned it upthread.

there's also the Sech album 42 to check out. reggaeton needs more of my love, basically.

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Saturday, 8 May 2021 18:40 (four months ago) link

btw I’m including all the reggaeton/dembow/urbano tracks on this thread (there haven’t been all that many unfortunately) in an integrated Rolling Spotify playlist for all the Caribbean music threads (soca, dancehall, reggaeton/dembow/urbano, Martinique, other caribbopop). now 75 tracks in, feel free to follow:

ILM rolling Caribbean vibes 🥁🥁🥁

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Saturday, 8 May 2021 18:46 (four months ago) link

I missed the Friday May 7 Eddie Palmieri and small band stream $25 fee , via a Philadelphia entity . Not sure if still available

curmudgeon, Monday, 10 May 2021 12:51 (four months ago) link

Apparently Latin Alternative Music Conference sessions are available now after that conference

curmudgeon, Monday, 10 May 2021 12:54 (four months ago) link

two weeks pass...

great beat / riff:

Nio García & Casper Magico • Travesuras

star-studded remix:
Nio García x Casper Magico x Ozuna x Myke Towers x Wisin & Yandel • Travesuras (Remix)

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Thursday, 27 May 2021 20:13 (four months ago) link

Tokischa, Haraca Kiko, El Cherry Scom: “Tukuntazo”

Plus 9 more

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 1 June 2021 03:41 (three months ago) link

some very nice tracks on that list, but no "Si Es Trucho Es Trucho", no glory.

posted Sofia Kourtesis' "By Your Side" on the Bobbins and Summer Hits threads.

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 1 June 2021 11:36 (three months ago) link

Reggaeton star goes the 80’s disco pastiche route (ripping off a bit of Fergie in the process). Dropped a week ago and is climbing to the top of the charts in Spain and Latinamerica, seems like it will be an early summer anthem in there:

Rauw Alejandro - todo de ti

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 1 June 2021 12:59 (three months ago) link

^ reposting from the summer 2021 rolling thread.

If this ends up having stating power It’ll be curious to see if it ends up influencing other trap/reggaeton artists to shift into other pop territories. You can only do so many songs with the same dembow beat... after 4/5 years of almost every latin hit using a variation of it I think the audience might want a change.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 1 June 2021 13:04 (three months ago) link

*staying power

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 1 June 2021 13:04 (three months ago) link

I know he’s not the biggest reggaeton/trap doing this shift. Bad Bunny has been hinting at an interest in doing pop/rock for quite some time and with guitars making a comeback in 2021 it might be the perfect time to release a song that continues on his “tenemos que hablar” route.

I could also see J Balvin following the guitar trend but we’ll see.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 1 June 2021 13:13 (three months ago) link

I don’t know if the audience is more tired of that same old reggaeton/trap beat or the disco pastiche sound though lol

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 1 June 2021 13:24 (three months ago) link

either way i do like the song

dyl, Wednesday, 2 June 2021 03:37 (three months ago) link

Yeah I like it.

Not sick of the reggaeton beat tbh lol

《Myst1kOblivi0n》 (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 2 June 2021 04:04 (three months ago) link

Recent book by Ben Lapidus that author Ned Sublette mentioned he is reading

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 8 June 2021 19:34 (three months ago) link

Plus a free July 1 online Ned Sublette Cuban records talk

curmudgeon, Saturday, 12 June 2021 18:54 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Some folks are trying to create a salsa music museum in the Bronx. They recently had a press conference

curmudgeon, Monday, 28 June 2021 13:16 (three months ago) link

Rauw Alejandro in New York Times article by Isabelia Herrera

He adds house, bolero, baile funk, r‘’n’b to his sound

curmudgeon, Monday, 28 June 2021 15:19 (three months ago) link

my favourite Rauw of the ones I’ve heard:
Rauw Alejandro ft. Mr. Naisgai • 2/Catorce

like it a lot more than “Todo de Ti” upthread

(he gets bonus points for his name too. that phonetic spelling of Raúl he goes by happens to also be a Dutch word meaning rough or raw - tho I guess the “raw” association (in English) may be deliberate on his part)

ten man poland chasing this means hamsik feasts (breastcrawl), Monday, 28 June 2021 15:35 (three months ago) link

From Rauw's opening phrasing and pauses I can see why Bad Bunny is a fan

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 29 June 2021 04:25 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Patria y Vida” is song inspiring Cuban protestors

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 14 July 2021 12:14 (two months ago) link

Patria y Vida has been a phenomenon since its release this year. The song is a collaboration between a group of Afro-Cuban reggaeton and hip-hop stars based in Miami, such as Yotuel Romero and Alexander Delgado, along with rappers Maykel Osorbo and El Funky, who live in Cuba. A YouTube video of the song has been viewed nearly 6 million times.

NPR article

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 14 July 2021 12:18 (two months ago) link

I wonder if song “Patria y Vida” is getting any radio or or online streaming playlist attention outside of Cuban circles ? Or too political & not pop enough for mainstream Latinx marketing?

curmudgeon, Friday, 16 July 2021 16:27 (two months ago) link

Old guys & older music nerds are seeing npr, The Guardian, & Rolling Stone articles about song shared online

curmudgeon, Friday, 16 July 2021 16:30 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

Doh! Heard some Latinx pop and reggaeton I liked in car radio but didn’t figure out who the artists were.

curmudgeon, Monday, 16 August 2021 17:12 (one month ago) link

But since then have been listening to Rauw Alejandro. Critics like to play up the songs that go beyond pop reggaeton , and he deserves credit for trying even if they don’t always work. I like the disco-y “Todo de Ti” and the more minimalist “2/Catorce “ mentioned above or elsewhere on ilx

curmudgeon, Thursday, 19 August 2021 14:18 (one month ago) link

James Redd may be the only person other than me who cares about this here, or mybe someone else on jazz thread (sent to me by a publicist though, so someone else must care)

The Afro Latin Jazz Alliance (ALJA), in partnership with Lantern Organization and Mega Development, has announced, along with the New York City Department of Housing Development and Preservation, plans to bring a new 16,000 square feet Afro Latin Music & Arts Center along with 330 affordable housing units to East Harlem. The project, Timbale Terrace, will construct a new mixed-use development on the east side of Park Avenue between East 118th Street and East 119th Street (formerly a NYPD 25th Precinct Parking Site) with a performing arts center operated by the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance. Timbale Terrace will offer housing to low-income families while the Afro Latin Music & Arts Center will provide community programs, music and technical production training, after-school programs, free arts education classes, community event spaces, world-class live performances, and more.

The opening of the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance's very own Afro Latin Music & Arts Center affords an opportunity to advance a wider range of innovative Latin jazz programs to diverse communities across the metro area. Timbale Terrace consolidates and expands ALJA's varied initiatives offering comprehensive support to their close network of standout musicians and educators in the form of live performances, educational teaching ventures, individual artist grants, and an ability to participate in a citywide lottery for apartments at Timbale Terrace. 50% of the affordable units will be given a community preference status for residents who live in East Harlem. Many teaching artists and musicians will qualify as Timbale Terrace applicants based on their household income.

curmudgeon, Friday, 20 August 2021 15:21 (one month ago) link

RIP Fania label legendary pianist Larry Harlow

curmudgeon, Monday, 23 August 2021 04:04 (one month ago) link

rauw showed up on the ty dolla $ign/dvsn collab album. he sounds great on the track, but the track itself is pretty lifeless (unsurprising for a murda beatz production)

grove street (party) direction (voodoo chili), Tuesday, 24 August 2021 00:11 (one month ago) link

Was reading about a Canadian based producer who is mixing reggaeton and afrobeatS together

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 24 August 2021 16:52 (one month ago) link

checked out the whole rauw album and it's very good imo. all his genre experiments work to some degree (especially the jungle/garage one), and he's got a stronger voice than basically all the mainstream reggaetoneros at the moment (maybe besides ozuna, but rauw's slightly lower pitch seems more english language-radio-friendly to me).

anyway, big fan of rauw, definitely think he can be the next balvin/bunny level star in this space.

grove street (party) direction (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 25 August 2021 18:37 (one month ago) link

I really like this new Marc Anthony song (which is apparently a reworking of an Africando song I've never heard). His scraggly look and newly gravelly voice work well.

but also fuck you (unperson), Sunday, 29 August 2021 14:24 (four weeks ago) link

Have never seen Marc Anthony live and am tempted to see him Friday night at Capital One Arena in DC but Live Nation isn’t requiring vaccinations at arena shows here until October, so I don’t quite feel ready for that ( plus wife and I will be helping out my elderly Mom anyway that night). Another time hopefully.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 9 September 2021 15:21 (two weeks ago) link

Interesting. Wanna say I never saw him live, but I did once, sort of.

What Does Blecch Mean to Me? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 9 September 2021 15:24 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah Rauw Alejandro “Todas de ti” is pop disco that some say steals from others, but I still like it.

Also I like by others that I have heard on radio lately:
Nati Natasha las nenas
A Fruko y Tesos remix
Tata remix w/ several or more on it

I need to listen to Loud Podcast reggaeton history w/ Ivy Queen

curmudgeon, Thursday, 9 September 2021 15:26 (two weeks ago) link

they got el alfa and farruko on "si trucho no es trucho remix" and surprise surprise it sounds great

grove street (party) direction (voodoo chili), Thursday, 9 September 2021 15:30 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah Rauw Alejandro “Todas de ti” is pop disco that some say steals from others, but I still like it.

i like "desenfocado," which kinda sounds like phantogram or something

grove street (party) direction (voodoo chili), Thursday, 9 September 2021 15:37 (two weeks ago) link


grove street (party) direction (voodoo chili), Thursday, 9 September 2021 15:37 (two weeks ago) link

X-post - I liked Marc Anthony’s scraggly look and his acting in the movie version of “In the Heights “ too

curmudgeon, Thursday, 9 September 2021 15:41 (two weeks ago) link

Ife “Fake Blood” on first listen is a kind of interesting mix of various styles w/ rapped lyrics about Black Lives Matter, some auto tuned chants, programmed synth and bass beats , and what sounds like maracas too

Isabelia Herrera in NY Times says it’s a revelation

curmudgeon, Monday, 13 September 2021 15:38 (two weeks ago) link

Fascinating to me article on dancing in the pandemic in Nueva York to various Afro-Latinx and black styles with bits about age, race, class and more

curmudgeon, Monday, 20 September 2021 17:51 (one week ago) link

RIP ROBERTO ROENA 1940-2021 Roberto Roena was a Puerto Rican salsa music percussionist, orchestra leader, and dancer. Was in El Gran Combo and had his own band Su Apollo Sound who had records on Fania

curmudgeon, Friday, 24 September 2021 17:11 (four days ago) link

A detailed history sorta of Roena penned awhile ago

curmudgeon, Friday, 24 September 2021 17:24 (four days ago) link

As I said in the obituary thread on ILE, I've heard the first 10 Apollo Sound albums and there's not a bad one in the bunch. The guy was a legend for a reason.

but also fuck you (unperson), Friday, 24 September 2021 17:34 (four days ago) link

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