Welcome to this year’s first list of music recommendations. Have you settled into 2017 yet? The truth is that, just like calendar pages that must keep moving, our music artists don’t miss a beat. The samples of fresh music, in just about every possible genre, continue landing on our desk.
Below are our January selections. They range from wildly energetic Cuban tracks that’ll be perfect on the dance floor to a smooth, positive-messaged, reggae that’s sure to make you sway. We think you’ll enjoy discovering these talented artists and their offerings. Give them a try and let us know what you think!
NEW MUSICA CUBANA RELEASES
Aymee Nuviola – “Bailando Todo Se Olvida”
This song is off the chart hot! “Bailando Todo Se Olvida” translates into “You’ll Forget Everything While Dancing” and it’s the work of Aymee Nuviola in collaboration with urban artist Baby Rasta y Gringo. It is a first cut out of a larger upcoming work in which Aymee will fuse tropical music with urban sounds. “In music we must get used to changes, always respecting parameters and above all quality,” she said. This song is very danceable, full of energy, and the video is a true visual party. Check it out here.
Osmay y La Guagua – Somos Mezcla
This is a debut release by trumpet player and composer Osmay Perez, who is originally from Cuba but has lived in Mexico for the past 15 years. Along with his band, La Guagua, Perez delivers in Somos Mezcla (We Are Mixed) 10 beautiful tracks – four of his own penmanship, and the rest new arrangements of traditional Cuban songs, like Polo Montanez’s “Canten,” and the famous “Chan Chan.” Every one of them is powerful and danceable. Listen and purchase Somos Mezcla on CD Baby, and see the video for “3 Kilos de Colorete” (3 Pounds of Blush) here.
NEW SALSA RELEASES
Junior Canales y Su Orquesta – Salsa Moderna para el Mundo
Junior Canales is a Colombian musician who last year released a tribute to Puerto RicanAngel Canales. The work is entitled Salsa Moderna para el Mundo (Modern Salsa for the World) and has 14 covers of Angel’s best songs. We are big fans of the great Boricua singer, but feel that this Colombian band leader did a great job with his rendition of these uber danceable songs. The tunes can be purchased individually or as an album through CDBaby by following this link.
Gerley – Emergiendo
This was released last year, but it’s new to us and it has some great stuff that you should not miss. Check out the video of the song “Quiero Salsa” (I Want Salsa), with lyrics penned by Gerley and recorded with the collaboration of some great ones of Salsa, including the voice of El Gran Combo’s Jerry Rivas. Gerley is a Colombian songwriter and singer and this is his third musical production. Emergiendo (Emerging) can be purchased as a 12-song album on Amazon by following this link. The songs can be downloaded individually as well. Click here for the video of another cut of this album, a Salsa romantica entitled “Es Preferible Asi” (It’s Better This Way).
Wito Rodriguez – “Calorcito”
This is a single by composer and singer Irwin “Wito” Rodriguez, who is of Puerto Rican ancestry and born in Chicago. It is the second track of an album entitled Como El Viento (Like the Wind), which will be released later on this year. You can listen and download “Calorcito” (Heat) on CDBaby by following this link.
Various artists – Salsa It Compilation, Vol 13
Here’s your chance to listen to several European and Latin American artists that collaborated with Italian producer Francisco Rojos to record the 21 tracks that make up this collection. We list it here as a Salsa album, although it also contains bachata and reggaeton tracks. Quite the compilation that anyone will need for a good party. Check it out on CDBaby by following this link.
NEW BACHATA RELEASE
Alejandra y Jeyro – “Fuiste Tu”
“Fuiste Tu” (It Was You) was first a beautiful pop ballad written and performed by Ricardo Arjona and Gaby Moreno. Now Alejandra y Jeyro have put it to contagious and smooth bachata beats. This is a link to a video of the song. It shows the pair in a car with Adrian Arias, who is the president of La Coquillita, the outfit that loaded the song to YouTube. The lyrics are also provided.
NEW LATIN JAZZ RELEASE
John Roberts – Soul Y Pimienta
Quite an enjoyable release, Soul Y Pimienta has seven tracks that include Latin Jazz, boogaloo, a son montuno, and even the lovely voice of L.A. based singer Ricardo Lemvo. John Roberts is a Montana, USA, born trombonist, composer, and singer. Five of the tracks in this album are of his own penmanship. Listen and purchase Soul y Pimienta on CDBaby by following this link.
NEW CUMBIA RELEASE
Carolina La O – Clasicos Que Enamoran
Clasicos Que Enamoran (Classics to Fall in Love) is Carolina La O’s latest production, which is a tribute to cumbia songs from the 90s originally performed by females. This month she performed this new material at the Colombian Embassy in Washington DC, where she was invited as part of the new administration inauguration events. Clasicos Que Enamoran was produced by Diego Gale. Listen to the songs here.
JUANES – “Hermosa Ingrata”
He needs no introduction, right? Juanes’ music seems to take off effortlessly. His most recent single, “Hermosa Ingrata” (Ungrateful Beauty), is now doing the same. As the second release of his “visual album,” entitled Mis Planes Son Amarte (My Plan is to Love You), this song is an electro-cumbia enhanced by the power of Juanes’ electric guitar. The lyrics tell about his emotional battle to stay away from a beautiful but fickle woman. As far as the beat, you’ll hear cumbia, rock, even reggae, all fusing and forcing you to move. In the video, shot in Veracruz, Mexico, you’ll see a medicine man brewing a suspect potion that Juanes drinks. Check it out here.
AB Quintanilla III and Elektro Kumbia – “Piña Colada Shot”
If AB Quintanilla’s name doesn’t ring a bell right away, you may recognize him once we tell you that he is the older brother of the famous “Queen of Tejano music,” Selena. His latest work, in collaboration with Elektro Kumbia, is “Piña Colada Shot,” which is part of a larger upcoming release to be called Kumbia Shots. It is a tribute to some of Latin America’s most popular songs, and it can now be purchased on iTunes and downloaded on Spotify. You can see the video of the song here.
NEW URBAN/REGGAETON RELEASE
Don Omar ft. Zion y Lennox – “Te Quiero Pa’ Mi”
Don Omar teamed up with Zion y Lennon for “Te Quiero Pa’ Mi” (I Want You For Me), which was well received by their fans since the song has been on top for three consecutive weeks on the Latin Rhythm list of Billboard. This is a link to the audio on YouTube. There’s a video for the song in the making, and reportedly the trio traveled recently to Cuba to record the video for yet another soon to be released song – “Subeme La Radio” (Turned the Radio Up). We are looking forward to that one!
NEW POP LATINO RELEASE
Sanalejo – “Mi Mitad”
Sanalejo is a Colombian group and one of the artists nominated to the Grammy 2017 for its independent album entitled “Seguir Latiendo” (Continuous Heartbeat). The video of the song “Mi Mitad” (My Half), the third single out of the album, was recorded the first week of 2017 during the Feria de Manizales, an annual and famed event in Colombia. Sanalejo was formed in Manizales, so its members wanted to show the world the beauty of their natal town. The video was recorded at four locations in Manizales and it’s quite beautiful. Check it out here.
Jesse & Joy – “Echoes of Love”
Jesse and Joy Huerta are siblings that have become quite successful with their music. Last year they won the Latin Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album with “Ecos de Amor,” and this month they released the English version of the same song, entitled “Echoes of Love.” This is a link to a video of the song, which, by the way, features a lovely dance number. This song is part of their self-titled album – Jesse & Joy – which will be released Feb. 3, 2017.
NEW REGGAE RELEASE
Rocky Dawuni – “Shine a Light”
“Shine a Light” is part of Rocky Dawuni’s album called Branches of the Same Tree. The song combines New Orleans sounds with samba and reggae rhythms to deliver a happy and peaceful message. Dawuni is originally from Ghana, and to his music he adds sounds from the Caribbean and the Americas to create Afro Roots offerings that are positive and catchy. Click here for the recently released video of “Shine a Light,” and here to listen to the rest of the CD.
Good stuff, huh? Dance away to these recommendations. Expand your music playlists. We’ll be back next month with another danceable list curated especially for you.