I’m in love with these Mariachi renditions of Marvin Gaye, The Cure, and Annie Lenox. This album is something else—a really good dream come true.
The first time I heard Rita Indiana y Los Misterios I thought they were from another planet—they’re just too original, blending merengue with electro, and mambo, and reggaeton, and house, and. . .I can keep going. Well, their new video proves me right! Rita Indiana y Los Misterios are from another planet, and there they’re singing “La Hora de Volve,” line dancing, playing air instruments, and floating on vinyl records and other objects. Check it out. One of my favorite videos and songs of the year.
Celso Piña delivers a slow cumbia while Natalia Lafourcade flowers it up with her vocals. This comes from Celso’s “Sin Fecha de Caducidad” where you can also find Ely Guerra, Lila Downs, and Alex Lora (from El Tri) dueting it with el gran Celso.
We’ve been missing in [blog] action for a few weeks now…but no worries! We’re back—back with the Kumbia Queers !
Kumbia Queers – Kumbia Dark (The Cure “Lovesong” Cover)
Brownout – Olvidalo (MP3)
Brownout – Olvidalo (Youtube)
Rita Indiana y Los Misterios are a breath of fresh air in this current pollution of Indie music. Don’t get me wrong, I like a lot of the Indie music that’s being produced in Latin-America. My only beef is that a lot of those Indie acts make music with a gaze to The United States and Europe. There’s nothing wrong with that per say, but with such rich music traditions in Latin-America you’d think we’d get more Indie music with Latin-American roots. Instead we get a bunch of young artists that are looking more out than in to inspire their own music and fashion.But Rita Indiana y Los Misterios ain’t going that route. These Dominican cats have found a perfect balance. Sure they have Indie’s lasers and synths, but they apply them to one of their island’s most beloved musical genres—merengue. Sounds a little strange, but it works. While the music is playful, Rita’s heavy vocal’s demand seriousness. Those same vocals make for a nice laid back Afro-Beat/Latin-American folk track that we’re giving you today, titled, “Jardinera.” Yes, Rita and her band can slow it down too.
Rita Indiana y Los Misterios – Jardinera (Youtube)
Natalia and Los Amigos perform a bossa acoustic version of their single, “Vivire Para Ti.”
Is it gonna move us? I don’t know.
Take a sneak peek yourself. So far it looks like PBS did their homework in order to get across that our music is diverse. I caught glimpses of Hector Lavoe, Los Tigres Del Norte, El General, El Flaco Jimenez, and Carlos Santana.
Looks like Natalia Lafourcade has become good friends with Hello Seahorse! They’ll be playing together at Chicago’s Logan Square Auditorium on November 13. What a treat!
Chi-Town friends, don’t miss this show! Natalia’s playful sounds and Hello Seahorse’s catchy tunes will have you feeling like you’re rocking out inside a cloud. To purchase tickets go here.
Here’s a look at what could happen:
Natalia Lafourcade with Denise LoBlondo from Hello Seahorse!
To hear more of Hello Seahorse please check out our previous post on them. It includes three tracks (MP3s). Click here.