Bachata – Live in Edmonton!

Latin Tracks for October

Song (iTunes)




Ya Comenzó – Jukebox Luis Enrique Salsa Nicaragua
La Rutina Del Mujeriego Grupo Arcano Salsa USA
La Música Es Mi Vida – Noche De Salsa Dura Herman Olivera Salsa Puerto Rico
Rumbero de Corazon – Rumbero de Corazon – Single Dorance Lorza, Sexteto Cafe Salsa England
Un Beso y una Flor – Bailar Con Tacones Azúcar Negra Timba Cuba
El Que la Hace la Paga – El Que la Hace la Paga – EP Havana C Timba Cuba
Mi Lluvia De Amor – Mi Lluvia De Amor – Single Ephrem J Bachata Curazao
Contra El Mundo Bachata Heightz Bachata USA
Estranha Remix by LBeatz Mika Mendes feat P. Lowe Kiomba France / USA
O Teu Toque – Kizomba Mix Mona Nicastro Kizomba  Angola


Introducing Son Bachata

Son Bachata was formed only few months ago but don’t let that lead you to believe that these guys are new to the Latin music scene. The 7 talented musicians who make up the band have over 20 years experience playing Latin music both in Edmonton and internationally and it definitely shows in the music they make. Add to this the fact that the they all have Latin American roots and the result is a band that brings an authentic and polished sound to their live performances.

With a name like Son Bachata it goes without saying that this group has a repertoire that features Cuban son and bachata and in fact they are the only Edmonton based Latin band to focus on Bachata. The reason for the name, as bandleader Rene Abaunza explained it, is that son is a very traditional style of music that has influenced a number of Latin genres that are popular today. As such, Son Bachata wanted to communicate the fact that though they specialize in bachata their music is also inspired by other musical traditions including those from Cuba and across Latin America. This is demonstrated in the variety of music that the band is able to perform. On top of the two musical styles after which the band is named, Son Bachata also covers a diverse range of Latin genres including merengue, cumbia and vallenato among others.

Son Bachata’s first gig was in Saskatoon on June 4, 2014 and since then they have performed at various venues and events around Alberta including a number of performances in both Edmonton and Calgary. Over the summer the band was invited to share the stage with a couple of Salsa’s biggest artists, Puerto Rican Power and Victor Manuelle in Calgary. The crowd loved what they heard and it’s not just the covers of popular songs that they enjoy. It’s also Son Bachata’s original material that often has the greatest impact on the audience. This is a band that is not only talented but also ambitious and we are definitely looking forward to seeing and hearing more from them in the future.

Son Bachata is made up of

  • Rene Abaunza
  • Frankie Hidalgo
  • Manuel Vealencia
  • Freddy Ruiz
  • From Cuba
  • Daniel Pena
  • Isaias Lamarou
  • Alex Cruz

T’is the Season to Give… Music

December Playlist Highlights






Un Loco Con Una Moto Pupy y Los Que Son Son Salsa Cuba
El Capitolio El Capitolio - Latino 46 - Salsa Bachata Merengue Reggaeton Azucar Negra Salsa Cuba
La Yuka Charanga Habanera Salsa Cuba
El Alboroto El Alboroto - Bailá Salsa Mauro Castillo Salsa Colombia
Ven A Mí Rumba Diego Gale Salsa Colombia
Salsa Pa’l Congreso Salsa Pa'l Congreso - Maria Chino Espinoza Salsa Costa Rica
Ayer Ayer - Ayer - Single Opalo Bachata Dominican Republic
Abrazame Amor Abrazame amor - Mi Regreso Luis Miguel Del Amargue Bachata Dominican Republic
Amaneció Amaneció - Amaneció H.O.M. Merengue Electronico Dominican Republic
Ayantame Ayantame (feat. El Potro Alvarez) - Ayantame (feat. El Potro Alvarez) - Single Ilegales Merengue Electronico Dominican Republic
Pata Pata Shikisha Cha-Cha-Cha South Africa


With Christmas just a few weeks away I thought I would use this blog entry to suggest a few CD’s that would make great presents for yourself or someone you know who is a lover of Latin music.


Album: Salsa – Un Homenaje a El Gran Combo

Artist: Various

Recommended dance tracks:

  • Ojos Chinos
  • Un Verano En Nueva York

Where to get it:

  • Digital: iTunes
  • CD:

El Gran Combo hardly needs an introduction being one of the biggest salsa bands of all time.  Their origins date back fifty years during which time they have released dozens of albums.  This album pays tribute to the legendary group and includes many of their most famous songs some performed by El Gran Combo themselves but many others performed by a range of talented artists including La India, Issac Delgado and Willie Colon.  If you are a fan of salsa you have probably heard many of these songs before but it’s always refreshing to hear a familiar song that has been given new life by another artist.


Album: ¿De Que Estamos Hablano?

Artist: Elio (Elito) Reve Jr y Su Charanga

Recommended dance tracks:

  • ¿De Que Estamos Hablando?
  • Ya Sé Cantar, Ya Sé Bailar

Where to get it:

  • Digital:
  • CD:

Elito Reve’s father was the late Elio Reve who started Orquesta Reve in 1956.  Over the years this band has included a whos’s who list of some of the top names in the Cuban music scene.  Musicians such as Chucho Valdés, Juan Formell (Los Van Van), Cesar Pedroso (Pupy y Los Que Son Son), and Juan Carlos Alfonso (Dan Den) have at one point or another been part of Orquesta Reve.  The band has been ground breaking since its inception and Elito has carried on that creativity after taking over the band in 1997.  This is their latest offering and makes a fantastic edition to any timba (salsa) collection.


Album: A Masterpiece Collection

Artist: Grupo Xtasys

Recommended dance tracks:

  • No Puedo Creer
  • Antes

Where to get it:

  • Digital: iTunes
  • CD: Amazon

Hailing from New York City, this group has been together since 2009.  I happened upon this, their first, CD a few months ago and was really impressed by the number of great songs on the album.  Their sound is fresh, urban and very dancable.


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