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 (two 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 (two 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 (one month 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 (three weeks ago) link

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

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 16 February 2021 15:39 (two weeks 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 (two weeks 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 (two weeks 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 (two weeks ago) link

Becky G x Burna B:

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

ah, didn’t know that

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 22:14 (one week 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 (three days 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 (three days ago) link

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