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In preparation to visit the big apple, I have been digging through the old mans stacks and stacks of cds. I thought since we in Texas I share a little squeeze box love from around the way. I hope you enjoy, there’s a bunch of lines to sample in this puppy. Aniceto Molina y La [...]
The kind folks at www.soundwayrecords.com are back at it again with an awesome compilation, Panama 2. Their mission of ‘unveiling forgotten chapters’ is indeed true and a treat to say the least. Beto has put together a short video about music in Panama… yes my friends..this is news of the highest caliber… Soundway digs deeper [...]
First off my condolences to his family. Rafael Calixto Escalona Martinez’s first song is dated February 1943. The seventh of nine children he was to become one of the most prominent Vallenato music composers ever. He grew up listening to peasants and troubadours of the region that often passed by his village bringing news from [...]
You can always ask wiki about cumbia but what’s the fun in that? It’s of course spread like wild fire and Colombians aren’t ‘slaves’ to the Spanish Empire anymore but this is what i gather: The cumbia has its origin in San Basilio, a little town of Atlantic coast of Colombia, South America. It was [...]
Like many American stories, the tale of Fania comes from the boroughs and inner city barrios of New York City. In the early 60’s young Latin musicians brought the music from their homelands into the Great Apple and thus began a great period of musical reinvention and free cooperation amongst the melting pot of cultures living in the city. During that time of cultural change, musical life in New York was exciting and unpredictable. One could visit Greenwich Village and listen to the topical folk of Bob Dylan, or take that A train to Harlem and watch James Brown shred his R&B all over the Apollo Theater. Fania would evolve, out of this diverse and dynamic mix of ideas, into one of the most influential and beloved Latin musical institutions of our times. The new sounds coming from Spanish Harlem and the Bronx were sometimes rough and dangerous but always real and immediate, like the New York streets that inspired them. Along the way, Fania artists mixed a cornucopia of styles that transcended the boundaries of traditional Latin music and set the path for the genres of salsa, boogalu, Latin R&B, and afro-Cuban jazz.