Latin Fever

Piero De Benedictis


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

7 thoughts on “Latin Fever

  1. Hope you feel better soon, SR. If it’s any consolation I’m still getting over a chest infection I acquired at the start of June … so rest up if you can and take care of yourself.

    • Thank you for your kind wishes, Ali. I hope I will be up and about in a day or two. How awful that you have been dragged down for so long, and I know your son is/has been unwell too. Sending healing thoughts your way and hope you are taking your own advice 😉

  2. I’m sorry to hear you’re not well! I hope you feel better soon. This playlist should help. I’m loving it!!! Maybe I’ll link to it from my blog, next time I do a post. (Would that be okay?) I have to go to work, so I don’t have time to listen to the whole thing, but I love what I’ve heard so far. Los salcos!!!!!

    • Thank you, too, Claire. I think it’s helping! Glad you are finding some interesting stuff on the playlist. If you want to link it, I’ll have to tidy it up a bit, but yes, please free to do that.

      Los Saicos were a Peruvian garage band who recorded one album in 1964. I nominated one song on RR a few weeks ago, Fugitivo De Alcatraz but I don’t think anyone listened to it.

      Glad you’re enjoying some of the songs. Link away!

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