Música en mi primer idioma: Totó la Momposina

Música en mi primer idioma: Totó la Momposina

The latest in our series on Latino and Spanish language music and artists looks at one of the queens of Colombian cumbia Colombia is Cumbia. It is something we are proud of as Colombians. It is infectious, it is rhythmic, it is our dirty dancing. It is so traditional, unique and captivating that I have not met one person who is not amused by the drums and watching someone dance to it. For me, although I don’t listen to enough Cumbia, it creeps in my blood and immediately cheers me up. Although very famous through all of South American, and Read more »

Música en mi primer idioma: Bola de Nieve

Música en mi primer idioma: Bola de Nieve

Time for my second post on music in my first language. I intend to cover a huge range of performers when it comes to music in Spanish, something old, something new, something from every Spanish speaking country and today I would like to write about Bola de Nieve, probably my favorite pianist and a unique artist. Ay amor! Bola de nieve   Ignacio Jacinto Villa Fernández, was born on September 11th -1911 in Guanabacoa, Cuba. His mother Ines was a housewife and his father, Domingo Villa was a cook in a tabern. He had 12 siblings but even though they Read more »

Música en mi primer idioma – Chavela Vargas

Música en mi primer idioma – Chavela Vargas

One of Latin America´s most beloved performers and cut through voices, Chavela Vargas. And so it is that I have finally decided to write about Latin American music. There are different reasons why I have not done this here before. Firstly because I usually listen to music in English, and also because this is a music video site and I have had more exposure and interest to music videos in English. But there is also a hidden factor, and that is I am scared. It is such a vast musical universe and unknown to some of our readers, that it Read more »

Nortec Collective Presents: I Count The Ways: A good luck omen video

Nortec Collective Presents: I Count The Ways: A good luck omen video

Wishing you the best of luck for the upcoming year with Nortec Collective´s latest video! Las cabañuelas (also cavanuelas or cabanuelas) are a method of forecasting the weather practiced throughout the countries conquered by Spain. It is a traditional form of weather prognostication dating back many centuries. There is no scientific method for it and it is just a superstition which basically means “I´m there”. I love it and for my first post of 2014 I wanted to maintain the tradition and find a video that I think will bring a good omen for the coming year. I chose Nortec Collective´s latest video because Read more »