Latin Tracks for May
|A Bellavista – Origins||Marco Claveria||Salsa Fusion||Canada|
|Lo Que Sucede Conviene – Origins||Marco Claveria||Salsa Fusion||Canada|
|No Se Como Ni Se Cuando – Origins||Marco Claveria||Son Montuno||Canada|
|Si Vas para Chile – Origins||Marco Claveria||Latin||Canada|
|La Salsa La Traigo Yo – Salsa World Series Volume 6||Clandeskina Orquesta||Salsa||Colombia|
|Vamos Pa’ la Calle – Tempo Forte||Tempo Forte||Timba||Cuba|
|Te Comparo Con La Luna – I Love Bachata 2011 – New Deluxe Edition||Grupo Evidence||Bachata||D. Republic|
|Can’t Find Love – Can’t Find Love – Single||Jean||Bachata||USA|
|La Quema – El Desertor||Raphy y Su Dominican Power||Merengue||D. Republic|
|Dança Kizomba – Single – Stony||Stony||Kizomba|
Orígenes – New Album from Marco Claveria
It’s not often that we get new Latin music from Edmonton, which is all the more reason why the release of Marco Claveria’s newest album Orígenes is so exciting. As it’s name suggests Orígenes is, at least in part, a reflection of Claveria’s own roots both musically and geographically. His Chilean background and his love for Cuban rhythms are obvious from the opening song, A Bellavista, and continue to surface throughout the album. A Bellavista, named after an artistic neighbourhood in Santiago, is a modern take on the song A Buena Vista by Cuban musician Luis Frank Arias. Inspired by a short stay in that neighbourhood Claveria updated the song’s original lyrics to reflect this vibrant community and has reworked the music to make it more accessible to modern audiences. Another song with a Chilean connection is Si Vas Para Chile, a bit of an unofficial national anthem in Chile, which has been refreshed and enhanced by Claveria’s musical ingenuity. If you were to listen to the first few bars you may be lulled into enjoying it as a piece of music solely to be listening to. However, there is a bit of a surprise about halfway through when the song develops into a very dancable track with a strong Cuban feel. Then there is the original composition Patria Mia Patria Vieja (My Country Old Country), which could as easily be a reference to Claveria’s homeland as it could be to the homeland of anyone with a passionate connection to their place of origin. This track is definitely one of the album’s highlights and is the successful result of Marco’s long held desire to blend Latin and celtic rhythms. Add to this poetic lyrics and Andean pan pipes, played by Claveria, and you have one amazing song.
When speaking with Marco about the musical direction for Orígenes he indicated that it was not his intent to make an album full of Latin dance music but for each song to be connected by a theme and also be unique enough to stand on their own. That said, as a dancer my ear naturally listens for the rhythms that can be danced to and I found plenty of those. I already mentioned A Bellavista. There is also the very dancable Lo Que Sucede Conviene in which you can hear the influences of Los Van Van as well as No Se Como Ni Se Cuando, which is an upbeat son montuno that you could easily dance a cha cha to. The album also has a number of tracks that are just a pleasure to listen to such as Patria Mia Patria Vieja and the romantic Descubro.
In addition to the mix of musical styles that make up the album what also makes Orígenes great are the talented musicians who helped out on the project such as trumpetist Juan Carlos González “Chocolate” (Pupy Y Los Que Son Son) and vocalist Israel Berriel (who has also worked with the Vancouver based Tanga). The result is one incredible, locally produced and highly recommended Latin album. Available on iTunes and CD Baby.
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