Category Archives: Latin

FANFARE CIOCARLIA-ONWARDS TO MARS!

FANFARE CIOCARLIA-ONWARDS TO MARS! 2016 finds Fanfare Ciocarlia celebrating their twentieth anniversary. What better way for the world’s premier gypsy brass band to celebrate such an important anniversary, than with their first new album since 2013? Fanfare will release their new album Onwards to Mars! on 22nd April 2016, on Asphalt Tango Records. Onwards to …

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DALINDEO-SLAVIC SOULS.

DALINDEO-SLAVIC SOULS. The Dalindèo story started back in 2003. That’s when composer and guitarist, Valtteri Laurell Pöyhönen, decided to found Dalindèo. They were no ordinary band. Instead, Dalindèo decided to recruit some of Finland’s top jazz musicians. Joining him in the rhythm section were drummer Jaska Lukkarinen and Pekka Lehti on double bass. They were …

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STEVE KHAN-EYEWITNESS, MODERN TIMES AND CASA LOCO.

STEVE KHAN-EYEWITNESS, MODERN TIMES AND CASA LOCO. During the seventies, Steve Khan was one of the top session musicians in New York. He seemed to work non-stop, and was the go to guy for anyone looking for a guitarist. Steve Khan had worked with some of the biggest names in music; including Steely Dan, Blood …

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BARETO-IMPREDICIBLE.

BARETO-IMPREDICIBLE.  When friends form a band, an adventure begins. Nobody knows what’s about to happen. Everyone has their hopes and dreams. It used to be being signed to a record company, and releasing their debut album. Maybe, after a couple of albums, commercial success and critical acclaim will have come their way?  If that’s the …

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GEORGE DUKE-A BRAZILIAN LOVE AFFAIR-VINYL EDITION.

GEORGE DUKE-A BRAZILIAN LOVE AFFAIR-VINYL EDITION. By 1979, when George Duke released A Brazilian Love Affair, he was one of the hardest working men in music. Not only had he released fifteen solo albums, but had moved into production. Then there was George’s work as a sideman. The list of musicians George has played with …

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CTI RECORDS: THE COOL REVOLUTION.

CTI RECORDS: THE COOL REVOLUTION.  In 1967, producer and A&R manager Creed Taylor, decided to form his own record label Creed Taylor Incorporated. Originally, CTi Records was an imprint of Herb Albert and Jerry Moss’ A&M Records. That was the case for the next three years. Then in 1970, Creed Taylor decided to go his own …

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KANAKU Y EL TIGRE-QUEMA QUEMA QUEMA.

KANAKU Y EL TIGRE-QUEMA QUEMA QUEMA. Nearly fifty-eight years ago, on 5th September 1957, Jack Kerouac published his seminal novel, On The Road. Since then, On The Road has influenced several generations. That’s just as true today. Nico Saba and Bruno Bellatin of Kanaku y El Tigre can relate to Jack Kerouac. They describe themselves …

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KILINDU-KILINDU.

KILINDU-KILINDU. There aren’t many bands who are fortunate enough to have a two-times Grammy Award winning producer working on their debut alum. Kilindu have been. Last year, they worked with Grammy winning producer, Robert Cutarella. He producer their eponymous debut album, Kilindu which was recently released on CD. Previously, Robert Cutarella has worked with the …

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AXEL KRYGIER-HOMBRE DE PIEDRA.

AXEL KRYGIER-HOMBRE DE PIEDRA. Axel Krygier’s career began thirty years ago, back in 1985. Since then, the Buenos Aries’ born multi-instrumentalist has established a reputation as a musical maverick, who continually, has pushed musical boundaries to their limits, and sometimes, beyond. That’s apparent on Axel Krygier’s genre-melting fifth album, Hombre De Piedra, (Man Of Stone), …

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DOM LA NENA-ELA.

DOM LA NENA-ELA. Not many people are willing to devote their life to music. No. It takes a very special person to make the sacrifices that are needed to master an instrument. Most people are unwilling to make the commitment that’s required. This wasn’t the case for Dom La Nena. From the moment the Brazilian …

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A GUIDE TO THE BIRDSONG OF SONG AMERICA.

A GUIDE TO THE BIRDSONG OF SONG AMERICA. Previously, the only way to release an album was via a record company. Not any more. Nowadays, there are numerous ways to release an album. This includes crowd-funding, which since 2010, has raised $89bn. Crowd-funding, however, is far from a new phenomenon. Although the term was first coined …

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THE FIFTY BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2014-PART 1.

THE FIFTY BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2014-PART 1. RODRIGO AMARANTE-CAVALO.  Previously, Rodrigo Amarante was part of one of the most successful Brazilian bands of all time, Los Hermanos. However, this year, he embarked upon his solo career. His debut solo album Cavalo, was released in May 2014, on Mais Um Discos. Cavalo shows a new …

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MORENO VELOSO-COISA BOA.

MORENO VELOSO-COISA BOA. Thirteen years have passed since Moreno Veloso released his debut album Music Typewriter. Since then, Moreno has put his solo career on hold, concentrating instead, on production. Moreno has spent over a decade years learning, and honing his production skills. This paid off.  In 2006, Moreno was asked to produce his father’s …

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1970s ALGERIAN PROTO-RAI UNDERGROUND.

1970s ALGERIAN PROTO-RAI UNDERGROUND. As the seventies dawned, Algerian music was changing. For the next ten years, Algerian music, was constantly evolving. This included Rai music. It was a controversial style of music, that originally came to prominence at the start of the twentieth century.  Rai music Rai music was first heard in Oran, an …

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KILINDU-KILINDU.

KILINDU-KILINDU. There aren’t many bands who are fortunate enough to have a Grammy Award winning producer working on their debut alum. Kilindu have been. They’ve recently been working with Grammy winning producer, Robert Cutarella. He produced their eponymous debut album, Kilindu which was released as a digital download on 20th September 2014. Previously, Robert Cutarella …

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DJ SNOWBOY PRESENTS THE GOOD FOOT.

DJ SNOWBOY PRESENTS THE GOOD FOOT. Mark Cotgrove was just fourteen when he made his DJ-ing debut. This was at Deanes School, in Thundersley, Essex. The future DJ Snowboy assisted his metalwork teacher on the wheels of steel. This could’ve, and should’ve, been the start of his DJ-ing career. It wasn’t. By the time Mark …

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CHANCHA VIA CIRCUITO-AMANSARA.

CHANCHA VIA CIRCUITO-AMANSARA.  It’s been three long years since Chancha Via Circuito released his sophomore album, Rio Arriba in 2011. Hailed as an innovative, groundbreaking, genre-melting album, Rio Arriba lifted the profile not just of Chancha Via Circuito, but cumbia.  The commercial success and critical acclaim of Rio Arriba lead to  Chancha Via Circuito being …

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MESTRE CUPIJO E SEU RITMO-SIRIA.

MESTRE CUPIJO E SEU RITMO-SIRIA. Recently, things have been quiet with Samy Ben Rebjeb’s Analog Africa label. Samy is very much a believer in quality rather than quantity. Analog Africa have only released sixteen compilations since 2008. Their sixteenth release, and first of 2014, is SIria, a compilation of fourteen tracks from Mestre Cupijo.  Sirio …

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LONNIE LISTON SMITH AND THE COSMIC ECHOES-COSMIC FUNK.

LONNIE LISTON SMITH AND THE COSMIC ECHOES-COSMIC FUNK. Innovative, influential and way ahead of the musical curve, describes Lonnie Liston Smith. That is the perfect description of Lonnie Liston Smith and The Cosmic Echoes 1973 debut album Astral Travelling. The music on Astral Travelling was groundbreaking.  So much so, that it’s hard to believe Astral …

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RODRIGO AMARANTE-CAVALO.

RODRIGO AMARANTE-CAVALO. There aren’t many solo artists who can claim to have been part of one of the most successful bands of all time. Brazilian singer-songwriter Rodrigo Amarante can. His debut solo album Cavalo will be released on 5th May 2014, on Mais Um Discos. He was a member of Los Hermanos. Their four albums sold millions of …

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