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In 1978, Ruben Blades, a young Panamanian “Sonero” and Willie Colon, a New York-born trombone player, producer and poster boy for the already booming salsa industry of New York, got together and released what would become the genre’s best-selling album for the next 20 years. In this article, Jose...
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How many musicians can boast a 40 year global music career? Cuba’s Juan Formell and Los Van Van are up there among the rare few, on a never ending Magical Mystery Train Journey which has them touring constantly around the world, bursting out a unique style of funky dance rhythms that has cross-...
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From his lyrics that verge on magical realism, to his intensely sensual melodies and his relationship with God, we praise the undecipherable enigma that is Juan Luis Guerra, one of Latin America’s most sublime music makers and Dominican hero.
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First there was Buena Vista, now there is Ondatrópica, a new Afro-Latin big band embracing the past, present and future of Colombia’s cumbia sound, and bringing to the global fore some of the greatest talents from the seventies golden age of Medellin’s Discos Fuentes. Saxofonist Michi Sarmiento is...
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Once a decade there emerges a particular talent in Cuba that inspires a generation; and it is no exageration to place Alexander Abreu in that category. Ahead of his imminent debut concert in the UK with Cuba's hottest orchestra Habana D ' Primera, Kerry Ribchester gets under the skin of...
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This month's dancefloor hits by award winning Cuban DJ, Javier La Rosa, one of the busiest men in the UK latin club scene.
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DJ Flecha has had an amazing DJ career, playing with the most famous Cuban bands such as Los Van Van, Charanga Habanera, Adalberto Álvarez, Manolito Y Su Trabuco, Paulo F.G, Pupi Y Los Que Son Son and Issac Delgado. This is his selection of all his favourite Cuban tracks.
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Whilst global explosion has taken cumbia on a wonderful, if sometimes weird, journey, pioneering producer, composer and bandleader Mario Galeano has found himself in the unlikely role of guardian of the cumbia truth. We speak to Cumbia's frontman in advance of his OndaTropica concert with...
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Well that’s a debate that will never end. In this interview with Oscar D’Leon, we explain why he has proved, atleast, to be the most important singer to salsa music, ever. And at the age of 69, JOSE LUIS SEIJAS found him as we expected, loving life…
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From the DJ who brings you Britain's favourite Cumbia night "Arriba la Cumbia" gives you his favourite Cumbia tracks.
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Voltio's visit to London this week somehow got us walking down the nostalgia path of Latino music 'en la carcel'. It's a weird and wonderful journey behind the musical bars.........
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Over the years there have been so many different types of Salsa that it is impossible to do an over-arching Top Ten Salsa albums. Here are the best of New York's Golden Era. In the following weeks we'll be bringing you the best of the Golden Era that were not from NY, plus Cuban Salsa (by...
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Here goes my personal top 10 in chronological date order and not in any ranking order. Time and space limits this chart to just 10 artists but let us not forget Los Nemus Del Pacifico, Grupo Gale, Los Niches, La Misma Gente, La Sabrosura, Kike Harvey, Los Alfa 8, Grupo Caneo, Saboranda, Gambino...
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