I bribed Sonido Franko into letting me post on his Supersonido blog with some fine Irish Whiskey for the epic February 45s 2012 edition. I ended up posting this great Ron and the Embracers 45 from East LA. And, being the top shelf gentleman that he is, Franko even threw in an extra funky Southern 45. Thanks, man!
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Some more heat from Panama to get you through the winter months!
David Ma from the excellent NERDTORIOUS blog invited me to do a guestspot, and I agreed without hesitation. So many wonderful posts running the gamut from interviews with hip hop legends to spots on new local music. I’ve been enjoying his blog ever since I discovered it and I hope you do to.
Here’s a fiery new cumbia from Colombia leading up to the weekend! Systema Solar is easily one of the most exciting acts at SXSW this year.
Check out their website: www.systemasolar.com
In light of the horribly destructive earthquake in Haiti this past Tuesday, two music/record-related online discussion forums are offering places to auction off rare records for donation to charitable causes doing relief work in Haiti.
The first one is going on at SOULSTRUT:
And a second is going on at Waxidermy:
Check them out and contribute something for auction if you can, or just place bids on something that looks cool. There is some serious heat being auctioned off, people!
…with some Cuban Funk Fire! Sorry for the delay, but here we go again with a bangin LP on the Areito label. FA-5 have many things to offer on this LP: dirty takes on American Funk and Disco songs, heavy b-boy breaks (you’ll have to track the album down to see what I mean), and some straight-up tight musicianship. Check out their song “Salga y Baile”, which is a loose rendition of Kool and the Gang’s nasty funk classic, “Jungle Boogie” (well at least those horns sound like it to me!).
“Paso Sin Mas” is a quintessential Cuban Funk song but features some heavy guitar and a killer keyboard a la Ricardo Marrero. Lastly, there’s a break-heavy version of The Commodores’ “Brick House” on here that I figured I’d pass on. Cheesy? YES. Bangin? HELLS YES.
You have to appreciate the production quality on this joint, as with many Cuban LPs on the Areito label that emerged from groups fostered at Fidel Castro’s music schools in Havana and elsewhere. The state funding coming into these schools gave many musicians the chance to explore and experiment with Afro Cuban, Funk, Jazz, and Caribbean sounds in a groundbreaking way that still does not get the full attention it deserves. Check out these compilations of Cuban Music for more (if you haven’t already).
This new blog will focus exclusively on Latin music, especially con Alma (with Soul). Latin funk, soul, rock, bugalu, and whatever else I’m feeling at the moment such as descarga, salsa, cumbia, y mas. My past and future travels throughout Latin America will provide the bulk of the material that will be featured on Musica del Alma.
Many out there may know me from my other blog, Kikin Bakk, which highlighted many styles of music from all over the world as well as from the Bay Area where I’m from. The first few posts on this blog will draw from the Latin heat already posted up there. Once that’s all done, I will explore some new territory with rare music from the USA, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, and Argentina.
Please stay tuned, and don’t forget to follow this blog to keep in the know.
Thanks for stopping by,