I’m a bit groggy from some virus or other and loafing in bed feeling a bit forlorn. I thought I’d bung a variety of songs that are mostly from the New World (southern end) together in a playlist. Then I thought someone else might like to listen to them (am I that feverish?). It’s a bit pick n’ mix: the father of boogaloo (Joe Cuba), the grandfathers of punk (Los Saicos) as well as songs of Colombian/Andina cumbia origins and everyone likes a bit of bossa – summery samba (so nice). There’s also some Cuban reggaeton and an extraordinary Astrud Gilberto song which sounds like a remix but isn’t.
I haven’t been very particular about putting the fiddly accents on the titles, and hopefully The Maki’s will stop by with some background knowledge on some of these – but I do know that Piero is Italian. José Feliciano is included because of his rendition of the Mexican La Malagueña (suffixed the Salerosa to distinguish it from the separate Spanish tune).
If you get a chance to have a listen, I hope you find a song or two you enjoy.
Playlist 1: Los Ladrones, Jungle Fire, Joe Cuba Sextet, Los Saicos, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Quetzal, Gente De Zona
Playlist 2: Los Llayras, Los Askis, Marcos Valle, Astrud Gilberto, Vinicius Cantuária, Piero,Marco Antonio Solis, José Feliciano