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

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It’s a banger alright. I’m especially fond of the remix:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaCnp-yB-Yc
Sech ft. Darell, Nicky Jam, Ozuna & Anuel AA • Otro Trago (Remix)

breastcrawl, Thursday, 29 August 2019 16:16 (nine months ago) link

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/27/arts/music/dembow-rhythm-drake-justin-bieber.html

Dembow rhythm history w/ a Spotify playlist

curmudgeon, Friday, 30 August 2019 18:54 (nine months ago) link

X-post — Yeah that Otro Trago Remix is nice

curmudgeon, Saturday, 31 August 2019 16:10 (nine months ago) link

I also love this one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a76lWh5yJCU
Ceasese ft. Polimá Westcoast & Young Cister • Te quiero ver

breastcrawl, Saturday, 31 August 2019 16:49 (nine months ago) link

There's an interesting digital-only compilation out from Craft Recordings:

V/A - Fania Goes Psychedelic

01. Ray Barretto – Acid (5:07)
02. The Lebron Brothers Orchestra – Let’s Get Stoned (2:49)
03. Johnny Colon & Orchestra – Boogaloo Blues (6:53)
04. The Latin Blues Band – Take A Trip (4:53)
05. George Guzman – Banana Freak Out (3:43)
06. The Harvey Averne Band – Got To Have Brotherhood (2:57)
07. Pete Rodriguez – Oh That’s Nice (4:50)
08. Larry Harlow – Freak Off (3:30)
09. Joey Pastrana – Problems (7:15)
10. Eddie Palmieri – Revolt / La Libertad Lógico (5:25)
11. Ray Barretto – Power (6:08)
12. Bobby Valentín – Use It Before You Loose It (3:02)
13. The Lebron Brothers Orchestra – Summertime Blues (4:44)
14. Jimmy Sabater – Kool It Here Comes The Fuzz (3:14)
15. Flash And The Dynamics – Electric Latin Soul (3:16)

Track 1 originally released on Acid, Fania Records LP SLP 346, 1968.
Track 2 originally released on The Brooklyn Bums, Cotique LP C 1015, 1968.
Track 3 originally released on Boogaloo Blues, Cotique LP C 1004, 1967.
Track 4 originally released on Take A Trip Pussycat, Speed Records LP SS 101, 1968.
Track 5 originally released on Introducing George Guzman, Fania Records LP 348, 1968.
Track 6 originally released on Brotherhood, Fania Records LP 379, 1969.
Track 7 originally released on Oh, That’s Nice! (Ay, que bueno!), Alegre Records LP LPA 860, 1967.
Track 8 originally released as Orchestra Harlow on Harlow’s Harem, Fania Records LP SLP 408, 1972.
Track 9 originally released on Hot Pastrana, Cotique LP C 1025, 1968.
Track 10 originally released on Vamonos pa’l monte, Tico Records LP 1224, 1971.
Track 11 originally released on Barretto Power, Fania Records LP 397, 1970.
Track 12 originally released on Let’s Turn On / Arrebatarnos, Fania Records LP 343, 1968.
Track 13 originally released on Psychedelic Goes Latin, Cotique LP C 1008, 1967.
Track 14 originally released as “Kool It” on El hijo de Teresa / Teresa’s Son, Tico Records LP 1211, 1970.
Track 15 originally released on The New York Sound, Tico Records LP 1233, 1971.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Sunday, 8 September 2019 15:49 (eight months ago) link

That does look interesting

curmudgeon, Monday, 9 September 2019 15:50 (eight months ago) link

There are some great cuts on that J Balvin & Bad Bunny album. Was re-listening to it.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 11 September 2019 13:30 (eight months ago) link

^^^ true words!

Más más más:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmeyoMooJPY
Tini ft. Lalo Ebratt • Fresa

Some things I like about this song:
•it features Lalo Ebratt
•it’s informed by Afropop (lesson 1: “One Dance”)
•its subject matter is delicious
•it features Lalo Ebratt

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 18 September 2019 07:38 (eight months ago) link

Saw J Balvin live last night. Fun show. A big production with a set that had a giant bleachers section with a cartoonlike character ( video game meets Hello Kitty meets anime) on it; videos airing behind the set (in a Nam June Paik way), reggaeton dancers in everyday clothes as well as some in cartoon meets videogame costumes; strobe lights and other flashy lighting... On some songs like “La Cancion” there was less going on— just Balvin’s voice, his drummer, guitarist, and keyboard player/ backup vocalist

curmudgeon, Friday, 27 September 2019 14:51 (eight months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Missed bad boy heartthrob Maluma in town recently. He’s not bad

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 15 October 2019 13:05 (seven months ago) link

(no) pun intended?

The guys have a song together:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Geyg_F5pfHE
Maluma ft. J Balvin • Qué Pena

Quite nice, but not really the showstopper it should have been

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 15 October 2019 13:26 (seven months ago) link

Ha re pun. Yes not the showstopper it could have been

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 15 October 2019 16:20 (seven months ago) link

Pedro Capó w/ Farruko song Calma has become a favorite of Nats baseball players after a win

https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2019/10/22/magic-calma-reggaeton-hit-that-became-washington-nationals-celebration-anthem/

curmudgeon, Thursday, 24 October 2019 01:03 (seven months ago) link

I like Bad Bunny’s shoutouts to salsa and reggaeton acts in the sentimental “Desde el Corazon.” Good video too

https://lyricstranslate.com/en/desde-el-coraz%C3%B3n-heart.html

curmudgeon, Thursday, 24 October 2019 15:17 (seven months ago) link

That’s a 2018 song I think

https://youtu.be/7LZIrKG2EPE

curmudgeon, Friday, 25 October 2019 16:46 (seven months ago) link

Saxophonist, composer, arranger, orchestra leader and educator Ray Santos became widely known in the 1990s for arranging the Oscar-nominated theme song for the movie The Mambo Kings. The Julliard-trained Nuyorican musician, who died on Thursday (Oct. 17) at age 90, was himself a mambo king.

Santos started out playing Latin big band music at resorts in upstate New York's Catskills, and performed with Machito’s orchestra at New York's city's Palladium in the 1950s. Over his long career he collaborated with Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente, Tito Rodríguez, Paquito D’Rivera and many others.

He won a Grammy award with Linda Ronstadt for her 1992 album Frenesí. Recently, he had arranged Jon Secada’s 2017 album tribute to Beny Moré, To Beny Moré With Love -- Santos had previously worked with the great Cuban musician himself.

https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/latin/8533458/ray-santos-dead-latin-music-maestro-dies

curmudgeon, Saturday, 26 October 2019 16:31 (seven months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Chilean singer Mon Laferte staged a protest at last night's Latin Grammys. Photo is NSFW, so search it up for yourself, but she wrote the words "En Chile Torturan Violan Y Matan" on her chest and dropped her top on the red carpet. (She later won Best Alternative Album.)

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Friday, 15 November 2019 14:16 (six months ago) link

She’s got a new political song out too, I read. It’s with Puerto Rican Guaynaa.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 16 November 2019 05:28 (six months ago) link

Rosalia won Latin Grammys album of the year; Pedro Capo -"Calma" song of the year (the remix w/ Farruko also won an award); Bad Bunny got best Urban album; J Balvin & Rosalia best urban song for "Con Altura"; best salsa album was Tony Succar- Mas De Mi; Andres Cepeda got best traditional tropical album; Chucho Valdes -Jazz Bata 2 got best Latin Jazz

https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/latin/8543699/latin-grammys-2019-winners-list

curmudgeon, Saturday, 16 November 2019 05:48 (six months ago) link

Tensions Over Genres and Generations Linger at Latin Grammys
The Spanish pop avant-gardist Rosalía was a big winner at the ceremony, where reggaeton and Latin trap artists were snubbed in the major categories.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/15/arts/music/latin-grammys.html

curmudgeon, Saturday, 16 November 2019 05:55 (six months ago) link

Bad Bunny did "Callaita" with an orchestra . Video link in Rolling Stone story

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-latin/bad-bunny-performs-callaita-latin-grammys-913070/

curmudgeon, Saturday, 16 November 2019 06:00 (six months ago) link

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-latin/reggaeton-latin-grammys-progress-bad-bunny-j-balvin-912872/

J Balvin and some others did not go to the awards.

“There is a history that dates back many years where our genre has been denigrated,” Balvin explained. “I don’t agree with [the Academy] using us for ratings,” he added. “And then [us] not going home with what we deserve.”

Fellow superstar and frequent collaborator Bad Bunny echoed Balvin’s words in the press room following Thursday’s Grammys ceremony. “There are people who [must] accept that reggaeton is a genre that has been going for more than two decades,” Bad Bunny said pointedly. “Whether you like it or not … we are [the ones] representing Latinos worldwide.”...

curmudgeon, Saturday, 16 November 2019 06:05 (six months ago) link

Folks mad on twitter that Sech’s “Otro Trago” didn’t win a song award and lost to European Spaniard Rosalía

curmudgeon, Saturday, 16 November 2019 18:14 (six months ago) link

I listened to that Sech song today. It's bad. Well, it's generic pop-reggaeton that makes it seem like nothing's happened in the genre in a half-dozen years or more (autotune, in-da-club video, placeholder lyrics about love and heartbreak, etc., etc.). I'm not surprised that it's very popular, but do people actually think it's better than Rosalía's work (and when I say that I'm including both her songs and her videos as a whole package)? I mean, I don't even like Rosalía's post-album singles that much but even those songs are much better than anything I've heard from Sech. The dude is a dime a dozen to my ear, and the fact that he's currently popular says nothing about the quality of his work. Or am I wrong?

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Saturday, 16 November 2019 23:35 (six months ago) link

i don't get "otro trago" myself but given that apparently this is not the first time ppl have questioned its lack of exposure or plaudits in some corners compared to what's readily afforded to, e.g., rosalía -- when, as you mention, there are scores of other aesthetically similar tunes that could be at the center of similar complaints -- tells me that there's more to it than i'm attuned to

i wouldn't say most of rosalía's recent singles are better than it tho. on some level i feel like some of the adulation she's being heaped with in recent months is from ppl who felt like they were a bit late to get on the hypetrain and are consequently responding more to her overall catalog and strength of musicianship than specifically to her recent work, much of which is uninspiring

dyl, Sunday, 17 November 2019 00:07 (six months ago) link

The “Otro Trago” Remix is better than the original , but yeah it may not be the best choice to use to make the point re reggaeton and Latin Grammys choices

curmudgeon, Sunday, 17 November 2019 20:05 (six months ago) link

Rolling Stone writer Esposito and headline re announcement of main Grammys--

Latin Music Is Being Quarantined at the 2020 Grammys
Rosalía is the only Spanish-language artist to break into a general category — the rest are castaways

Things seemed to look up in 2019 when “I Like It,” the Latin trap crossover hit by Cardi B, J Balvin and Bad Bunny, received the nomination for Record of the Year. But in spite of its skyrocketing revenue and growing ubiquity in anglophone pop culture — with support from bicultural Latina superstars like Cardi, Camila Cabello and Selena Gomez — Latin music will be excluded from the most prestigious Grammys categories, which include Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Album of the Year.

In 2020, Catalan avant-pop star Rosalía will be the only Spanish-language recording artist to break into the general category that is Best New Artist. Though the Academy has previously honored artists who’ve performed in Spanish, such as Puerto Rican rocker José Feliciano and Ecuadorian-American diva Christina Aguilera, the Best New Artist award has historically gone to those who primarily record in English. A win for Rosalía in this category would be an unprecedented win for Spain, as well as the Latin music industry, which has embraced her over the last two years.

curmudgeon, Friday, 22 November 2019 14:23 (six months ago) link

https://remezcla.com/lists/music/nuevo-noise-12-songs/

So much music to keep up with

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 27 November 2019 15:40 (six months ago) link

yes

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 27 November 2019 16:39 (six months ago) link

Not really seeing Latinx acts on many year end lists. Not many Spain acts either, ha ( she has made a few).

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 4 December 2019 20:45 (six months ago) link

So someone opened a new jazz club in Baltimore recently and they're busy bringing acts to town-- NYC Latin jazz pianist Eddie Palmieri is there tonight/Thursday through Sunday; and he's gonna be back there in 2 weeks for 4 nights as well.

curmudgeon, Friday, 6 December 2019 05:21 (five months ago) link

Caramanica in NY Times lists Bad Bunny and Romeo Santos on his year end list. Jon Pareles has ILe on his.

curmudgeon, Friday, 6 December 2019 13:51 (five months ago) link

https://remezcla.com/lists/music/50-best-songs-by-latinos-in-2019/

A little of everything but mainly reggaeton

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 10 December 2019 17:41 (five months ago) link

Ozuna’s new album is called Nibiru. I wasn’t feeling the string of singles that preceded it all that much and have been enjoying him more on his features this year, but the album is sounding really good.

Loving the skippy beat in “Fantasía” (there’s not enough of it actually): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYwzpYh7dio

Fun track with Diddy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNKnxO7wAeU
Ozuna ft. Diddy & DJ Snake • Eres Top (working title “I Need A Top, Part 2”)

(pretty sure this is one of those Illuminati videos I keep hearing about)

breastcrawl, Thursday, 12 December 2019 20:36 (five months ago) link

Will give new Ozuna a listen. Also need to look at :

https://www.npr.org/2019/12/11/778227075/a-survey-of-the-year-in-latin-music-whatever-that-means

curmudgeon, Friday, 13 December 2019 13:54 (five months ago) link

More top notch reggaeton:
Lalo Ebratt’s Numerología EP is lots of fun, in a Afro-Latino post-“One Dance” kind of way.

“Milkshake”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=na8MZZU8haY

breastcrawl, Saturday, 14 December 2019 18:56 (five months ago) link

that's quite nice

dyl, Saturday, 14 December 2019 19:16 (five months ago) link

Since we can never read enough discussion of Rosalia versus Latinx artists, here’s J Shepherd from the Slate music crit roundtable :

This is not to say that “authenticity” is the goal or even all that desirable as a flat concept, but when Rosalía is better known by mainstream English publications than Anitta or Natti Natasha or Amara La Negra or Karol G or even Becky G, the system has either gone wonky or is doing exactly what it was meant to.

https://slate.com/culture/2019/12/best-music-2019-fka-twigs-solange-holly-herndon.html

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 24 December 2019 21:20 (five months ago) link

I might grant more weight to her statement if Googling her name paired with any of those artists' names yielded results. You can't complain that no one's writing about these artists if you're not writing about them either.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Tuesday, 24 December 2019 21:41 (five months ago) link

(She's an editor at Jezebel. If she wanted to get something out there, she could. The last time she wrote about Amara La Negra was in 2015.)

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Tuesday, 24 December 2019 21:42 (five months ago) link

As editor, maybe she assigned someone else to write about them.

I wrote up a Karol G preview in 2017 for the Washington DC City Paper, and did Bad Bunny, J Balvin, & Maluma this year. There’s not too much English language coverage of Latinx music in DC area

curmudgeon, Friday, 27 December 2019 00:19 (five months ago) link

https://remezcla.com/lists/music/10-best-latino-latin-american-spanish-albums-of-year-2019/

Less "urbano" than I expected, but still strongly represented. 1.'This Is How You Smile' by Helado Negro;2. 'Oasis' by Bad Bunny & J Balvin; 3. 'Ahomale' by Combo Chimbita; 4.'Almadura' by iLe;5.'Sueños' by Sech; 6.'Foam' by Divino Niño; 7. 'Soy Piedra' by Belafonte Sensacional;8.'Sombrou Dúvida' by Boogarins; 9.'System' by Debit ; 10-Joterías Bobas’ by Hidrogenesse

Not really seeing many Latin jazz albums on lists. The genre seemed formulaic years ago, but still hangs on. Pancho Sanchez did a Coltrane tribute I see. The NPR jazz critics poll usually has a separate Latin jazz category, but the 2019 poll is not posted yet.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 2 January 2020 15:36 (five months ago) link

Time to go to the 2020 thread:

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

curmudgeon, Thursday, 2 January 2020 16:09 (five months ago) link


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