Tag Archives: Latin

Hermanos Morales – Los Autenticos del Moka (self-released)

Who are these musicians? No idea…! Nothing on Google except access to songs. Anyway, great Latin folk with lots of heart & soul. The on-line cover says 100% Cuban music, but it reminds us of the beautiful folksy street music heard on the Pacific coast of South America. Check it out!

Las Cafeteras – Tastes Like LA (self-released)

Folksy East LA Latin band that mixes traditional and modern Mexican/Latin influences while singing about their largely immigrant community and the challenges they face in achieving their dreams in today’s America.

Daymé Arocena – Cubafonica (Brownswood)

Second collection of Afro-Cuban gems from this creative young (born 1993) Cuban singer-songwriter, first discovered & nurtured professionally by Gillies Peterson of Havana Cultura fame. All tracks composed by Arocena & recorded in Cuba with contributions from 20 other talented musicians plus some super producers & arrangers.

Ondatropica – Baile Bucanero (Soundway)

New tracks recorded in Bogota, Colombia with 35 contributing musicians led by Will (Quantic) Holland & Mario Galeano. Elevates traditional Colombian music to the point of doing righteous homage to centuries of African, English, & Spanish cultural heritage. Exceptional!

Ani Cordero – Querido Mundo (self-released)

Title translates “Dear World.” Here are original Latin folk songs of love & protest, gently sung in Spanish by this Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter with the instrumental support of some of her closest musical friends.

Orkesta Mendoza – Vamos a Guarachar! (Glitterbeat)

From Tucson Arizona, a Latin orchestra with lots of attitude & innovation led by Sergio Mendoza. Great musicianship, classic in some ways, but continually surprising too. Six band members plus 11 guest performers on various tracks. Great cumbia, mambo, & more.

Locos Por Juana – Caribe (Rock The Moon)

Energetic Grammy-nominated Latin alt-rock band, incorporating elements of cumbia, Afro-Colombian, champeta, reggaeton, dub, hip-hop & more. Bet they do a great live show!

La Lucha – Eljuri (Manovill)

Latin alt-rock from a singer-songwriter & fine guitarist of Ecuadorian & Lebanese heritage, raised in Manhattan. The guitar riffs & percussion are great, as are the vocals.

Buyepongo – Todo Mundo (self-released)

Debut album from a young L.A. band that came to embrace diverse Latin & Afro-Caribbean sounds after their percussionist traveled in Central & South America. Great dance music that also retains elements of the band’s West Coast rocker roots. Fine tunes!

QVLN – Paleta EP (Belu)

Band name pronounced “Q-Violin.” Features violinist Quetzal Guerrero, & percussion that sometimes drifts between Latin (cumbia/Cuban/Mexican) & Native American, reflecting his multicultural heritage. Includes one original (title) track (my favorite) & four nicely arranged covers.

Tiempo Libre – Panamericano (Universal)

Exhilarating blend of Latin tunes from this thrice Grammy-nominated band of seven Miami-based Cuban musicians who like to get together during their “free time” (Tiempo Libre). Good stuff.

Zemog el Gallo Bueno – YoYouMeTu Trilogy (Afinque)

Combines elements of Latin pop rock, cumbia, salsa, Latin jazz in unpredictable & often intriguing ways. With a childhood in Peru, then Puerto Rico, then with changing fortunes in the USA, composer & bandleader Abraham Gomez-Delgado’s life is an experiment in Latin fusion. CD 1 is earlier work & CD 2 is new material. Try […]

ANTH: Latin – Vintage Latino (Putumayo)

An aptly named collection of mellow, romantic tunes from bygone times in Cuba, Mexico, and all around South America.

Abrazando–Latin Embrace

Well-known Latin American and Spanish composers–an overview of late 1800’s to mid 1950’s pieces. Play!

Migguel Anggelo – La Casa Azul (self-released)

An actor/singer/songwriter who was born in Venezuela, lived in Germany where he studied opera, and is now living in NYC. The artist and 12 friends offer ten very original new songs & two covers with diverse Latin flavors. Like listening to a Latin musical, the songs are theatrical, poetic, lush, & grow on you. Try […]

Los Crema Paraiso (Cutupra) De Pelicula!

This eclectic album melds traditional Venezuelan music with modern rock, funk, and pop — some tracks are covers of alt-rock masterpieces (see: #6: Depeche Mode’s Personal Jesus; #9: Tears for Fears’ Everybody Wants to Rule The World), others are head-boppers in a more familiar Latin vein (see: #3). Also worth love is the closer (#12), […]


Hailing from Los Angeles, QUITAPENAS’ (yes, it’s all-caps) self-titled debut is a very fun, high-energy and danceable album. Think Afro-Latin, cumbia, roots music, and tropicalia on modern instruments. Definitely worth a spin — many good numbers on here!

ANTH: Salsa – The Rough Guide To Psychedelic Salsa (World Music Network)

The artistic impact of the psychedelic 60’s was felt around the world, and had a strong impact on Latin music. Here are examples of the era’s impact on salsa music, including classic tracks and new interpretations by some of the big names in the genre. All very danceable …if you know the steps! CD booklet […]

ANTH: LATIN – The Rough Guide To Latin Rare Groove, Vol.2 (World Music Network)

Another collection of gems for connoisseurs of obscure & unreleased Latin tropical dance music from the 1960s, plus five contemporary tracks by artists who revere the music of the past. Nothing hokey here; just great finds from the dusty record bins of Latin America, & some of the new music inspired by those legendary sounds […]

Adelardo Barroso – Cha Cha Cha (World Circuit)

Barroso is a Cuban legend, with a career extending from his early recordings in NYC while lead vocalist for a series of bands in the 1920s, to his return to Cuba in 1931 where he continued to make music until the 1960s. Here are remastered gems that he first recorded in Havana in the 1950s, […]

Chancha Via Circuito – Amansara (Wonderwheel)

Third CD from Argentinian producer Pedro Canale; a futuristic digital recreation of traditional South American folk & pop. Listen for Paraguayan harp, Andean pipes, Brazilian rhythms, jungle sounds, heavy synth & percussion, & vocals by several well-known Latin divas. Filed under international

Leticia Rodriguez – Saguita Al Bate EP (self-released)

Leticia is the Niece of Eva Garza, who was famous during WW II as one of the first bilingual Mexican artists to enter the U.S. market (1st track is a cover of one of Eva’s hits). Leticia, from Texas, shares her aunt’s musical passions & her beautiful voice as well. Nice, timeless tunes. Official Website […]

Melaza – Melaza (Chulo Records)

Here is original new Latin music in the highly danceable “salsa dura” style that became popular in the 1970s. Performed live by this 14 member New York-based band & recorded on analog tape at Dunham Records studio in Brooklyn NY. Es muy bueno!  Official website Listen on Bandcamp

Los Hacheros – Pilon (Chulo Records)

Cuban style Latin music with son cubano, charanga, mambo, & salsa roots, played by five top New York City musicians & featuring a gorgeous classic sound thanks to being recorded live on analog tape. Music includes impressive flute & violin, an uncommon tres cubano guitar, & heartfelt vocals. Bound to be an instant classic. Official […]

Yolanda Duke – Te Llevo Bajo La Piel (Amigos Music)

Big band Latin jazz vocalist “La Duke” sang with the Tito Puente Orchestra in the 90s & now tours with his namesake orchestra (featured here). They have a great sound & the music is beautifully produced. Note Cuban jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval on #3.