Música en mi primer idioma: Willie Colón.

Música en mi primer idioma: Willie Colón.

Musician, composer, arranger, singer, trombone player, political and social activist and above all: salsero! Idilio-Willie Colón William Anthony Colón Román was born on April 28th, 1950 in the Bronx to Puerto Rican parents and grandparents. He started playing the trumpet from a very young age, later switching to the trombone. When he was only 15 years old, he signed to Fania Records and by the time he was 17 he already had recorded his first album, selling more than 300,000 copies. (To this day, he still holds, with Rubén Blades, the record in sales in the genre having sold more than 30 Read more »

Música en mi primer idioma: Juan Gabriel – In Memoriam

Música en mi primer idioma: Juan Gabriel – In Memoriam

On August 28th, 2016 Latin America´s heart broke. “Il Divo de Juarez”, “JuanGa”, Juan Gabriel, died of a heart attack while on Tour in the United States. I rang my mom at 10:30 p.m. when I heard the news, and I am still coming to terms with it. Hasta Que Te Conocí – Juan Gabriel  Juan Gabriel was the singer my mom and her friends listened to. A good singer, a great entertainer and a BRILLIANT songwriter, he taught my generation about love and heartbreak to through his songs and his voice and also unforgettable musical partnership with Rocio Durcal. This Read more »

Música en mi primer idioma: Café Tacuba

Música en mi primer idioma: Café Tacuba

México is a land of musicians galore, constantly supplying wonderful and innovative sounds and songs, but in the 1990´s there was a band who ruled undisputed over all others: Café Tacuba. The video that introduced me to the band was this one, María. Its the name of the band’s debut album, released by Warner Music México on july 28th, 1992. I remember it was such a different thing to what was making the rounds on MTV en Español at the time…I immediately loved it. Since the beginning, the band wanted to be faithful to their Mexican identity. The video stars Read more »

Música en mi primer idioma: Fito Páez

Música en mi primer idioma: Fito Páez

Pianist, lyricist, singer, songwriter, film-maker and novelist Fito Paez has been around for more than 30 years and influenced Latin American music and the collective consciousness of me and my friends. “Al final lo que queda es abrazarse, confiar en el otro, amar y dejarse amar en medio de la balacera que es la vida.” The quote translates something like “In the end, what we have left is to hug each other, trust one another and let yourself be loved in the middle of this shoot out that is life”. Tumbas de la gloria – Fito Páez I remember the first Read more »

Música en mi primer idioma: Charly García

Música en mi primer idioma: Charly García

Charly García, singer, composer, producer, pianist, songwriter, prodigy, madman, visionary, brilliant, tormented…pure gold. Carlos Alberto García Moreno was born on October 23, 1951 in Argentina. He came from a wealthy family. When he was 5 years old he was enrolled in the Thibaud Piazzini conservatory in Buenos Aires, where he was trained as a classical pianist. He is a piano prodigy. One night, Mercedes Sosa heard him play and praised his talent. His first musical debut was on his participation in Raúl Porchetto´s album “Cristo Rcok” in 1972. Then, along with classmate Carlos Alberto “Nito” Mestre he formed Sui Generis. El tuerto y Read more »

Música en mi primer idioma: Silvio Rodríguez

Música en mi primer idioma: Silvio Rodríguez

We visit one of Latin America´s most recognized and controversial singer – song witters. A symbol of the Left. Sometimes called “the Cuban John Lennon”. In the break of the renewed relationships between the United States and Cuba, I thought I would do a post of a man who has come to represent the left in Latin America. He has established himself as the voice of an era and some ideals that are outdated and like all communist governments the world has had, clearly does not work as it is contemplated.  The man is one of those singers people love or love to hate. He Read more »

Música en mi Primer Idioma: Joe Arroyo

Música en mi Primer Idioma: Joe Arroyo

Colombian salsa and tropical music’s famous singer Joe Arroyo and his important legacy. Considered one of the most important, if not the most important Colombian musician of the 20th century, Joe Arroyo (Álvaro José Arroyo González) is one of the country´s treasures. This Caribbean singer, composer and songwriter had a prolific and extraordinary career, and is imprinted in the popular culture of several generations of Colombians. Rebelion – Joe Arroyo One of Colombian salsa´s most famous songs (there are probably 2 other songs that can compete against it, but no more than that) it is an tribute to Cartagena and Read more »

Música en mi primer idioma: Astor Piazzolla

Música en mi primer idioma: Astor Piazzolla

The brilliant and revolutionary and virtuoso Astor Piazzolla and his incredibly strong and vibrant music. If there has been a rebellious musician who pressed all the wrong (and thankfully) right keys in Tango it was Ástor Pantaleón Piazzolla. Still today his name raises controversy among purists, the discussion of whether if his music is tango, neo-tango, classical or a different type of music can take hours, lots of wine and dare I say has costed friendships, but of course no one can deny his genius and unique voice, and by voice, I mean his bandoneon. Libertango – Ástor Piazzolla Now, Read more »

New Reels: “Hasta la Raíz” by Natalia Lafourcade

New Reels: “Hasta la Raíz” by Natalia Lafourcade

This week´s new reels features Mexican artist Natalia Lafourcade and her new video release “Hasta la Raíz” Hasta la Raíz (Official Video) – Natalia Lafourcade   Yo te llevo dentro, hasta la raíz Y, por más que crezca, vas a estar aquí Aunque yo me oculte tras la montaña Y encuentre un campo lleno de caña No habrá manera, mi rayo de luna Que tú te vayas Pienso que cada instante sobrevivido al caminar Y cada segundo de incertidumbre Cada momento de no saber Son la clave exacta de este tejido Que ando cargando bajo la piel Así te protejo Read more »

Música en mi primer idioma: Mercedes Sosa

Música en mi primer idioma: Mercedes Sosa

This time on music in my first language a profile on beloved Argentinean singer Mercedes Sosa. Haydeé Mercedes Sosa, also known as “La Negra Sosa” or “The Voice of America” was the biggest ambassador of Argentinean Folklore music around the world and one of the most important icons of popular Latin American music. She also sang tango, Rock and pop. “Soy pan soy paz soy mas” – Mercedes Sosa “soy agua, playa, cielo, casa blanca soy mar atlántico, viento y américa soy un montón de cosas santas mezclado con cosas humanas cómo te explico? cosas mundanas.” The lyrics in Spanish. Read more »

Música en mi primer idioma: Compay Segundo

Música en mi primer idioma: Compay Segundo

The Cuban Icon Compay Segundo: his music and legacy. As the US starts lifting the embargo on Cuba and relationships start to improve after decades of stagnant communications, the eyes of Latin America and the world are once again on the country, with tourism skyrocketing.  I guess questions in people´s minds are how will the small island react to an invasion of companies, whether people will be allowed Freedom to leave and go back to the country, what will happen with the Cuban immigrants in the USA and whether the wet feet, dry policy will still stand. (The policy states that Read more »

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 »