Non Christmas Music at Christmas

December Playlist Highlights

Song

 

Artist

Category

Origin

Llegue Yo Llegué Yo - Como Gato de Angora Michel Maza Salsa Cuba
Salsa, Timba Y Amor Salsa, Timba y Amor - Supercubano Issac Delgao Salsa Cuba
La Habana Me Llama La Habana Me Llama - Control Manolito y Su Trabuco Salsa Cuba
Deja De Criticar Deja de Criticar - Mi Tumbao Social La Excelencia Salsa New York
Caminando Caminando - Todos Vuelven Live Volume 2 Ruben Blades Salsa Panama
Subelo Alex Wilson Salsaton UK
No Quiero Estar Solo No Quiero Estar Solo - Como Te Olvido Allendy Bachata Dominican Republic
Fantasias Fantasías - Hasta el Fin Monchy & Alexandra Bachata Dominican Republic
Mi Nina Bonita Mi niña bonita - Mi niña bonita Chino y Nacho Merengue Venezuela
Bandolero Bandolero - Top Latino Olga Tañon Merengue Dominican Republic
Damelo Damelo - Caliente Havana Salsa, Vol. 1 Clave Cubana Cha Cha Cha Cuba
Tudu Di Mi Tudu Di Mi (feat. Mika Mendes) - Black Madonna Isah Zouk ?
Gordita Gordita (feat. Residente Calle 13) - Sale el Sol Shakira/Residente Cumbiaton Colombia

 

Who Is?

  • Colombia has a rich musical history and a long line of internationally successful artists from a range of genres. The genre of Salsa is no exception.  Arguably, Colombians have their own style of Salsa music and certainly have their own way of dancing Salsa.  One of the early Colombian Salsa artists, and one of the most successful, is Julio Ernesto Estrada Rincon aka Fruko.  His musical career goes back to the early 70’s when he joined a Cuban influenced band Los Corraleros de Majagual.  After visiting New York and being inspired by the music coming out of the Fania label, Fruko started his own band called Fruko y Sus Tesos.  It was with this band that another famous Colombian singer Joe Arroyo got his start.  The band has an impressive collection of very danceable Salsa songs, their most famous song being El Preso.  Some of my other favourites include El Ausente and Confundido.  If you enjoy Frukos’ music check out La Sonora Dinamita and The Latin Brothers, two other bands the he nurtured to success.  And for some insight into 1970’s Colombian fashion, the cover of the album “Fruko El Grande” is an excellent place to start.

 

What am I Listening to?

  • I was introduced to an awesome CD the other day called Salsa Clandestina published by Music Rough Guides.  The word ‘Salsa’ in the title of the album should be interpreted loosely, at least from a dance perspective. While there are some very danceable songs on the album (Café Con Sangre), there are also some interesting oddities (a medley of “Sympathy for the Devil” and “El Cielo”).  The liner notes are excellent and provide a little history about each band and some background about each song.  The names of the albums where the songs originate are also listed.  What I really like about this album is how it pushes the boundaries of what most people consider to be Salsa music.  In my opinion, Salsa is a constantly evolving genre that draws on a wide range of influences, with artists continuing to experiment and play with the style. This evolution is what makes Salsa so exciting to listening to.

 

Questions, comments, requests? send me an email.

Espero que tengas una Feliz Navidad y año nuevo fantástico

About Clavecito

Clavecito is a regular DJ at the Salsaddiction sponsored Thursday night latin parties hosted at On The Rocks. He has a deep interest in Latin music and loves to dance salsa and Rueda de Casino.

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