Archive for the ‘News’ Category

New Video: Rita Indiana y Los Misterios

October 30, 2009

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.

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Celso Piña con Natalia Lafourcade

October 30, 2009

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.

¿Viste? Las Corregidoras

September 19, 2009

Las Corregidoras

Las Corregidoras

Las Corregidoras (Amandititita, Aurora y La Academia, Cecilia Toussaint, Ely Guerra, Natalia Lafourcade, Regina Orozco and Susana Zabaleta) were on tour together in Mexico, sharing the same stage in a public transportation bus. Yes, they performed in a street bus that was fully decked out with the same lighting and sound that you’d get at one of their concerts. We’re mad we missed that bus, but their performances are now up on Las Corregidoras’ Youtube Channel. Here are some of our favorites:

Amandititita:

Ely Guerra

Natalia Lafourcade

¿VISTE? Natalia Lafourcade and Los Amigos Invisibles Perform Their Single “Vivire Para Ti”

September 4, 2009

Natalia and Los Amigos perform a bossa acoustic version of their single, “Vivire Para Ti.”

PBS Presents “Latin Music USA: It’s Gonna Move You”

August 29, 2009

Is it gonna move us? I don’t know.
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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.

Natalia Lafourcade and Hello Seahorse!

August 19, 2009

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!

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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.

Los Amigos en NPR

August 19, 2009

Los Amigos Invisibles

Los Amigos Invisibles

Los Amigos Invisibles talk with NPR about being commercial and liking it, how they got started, and about the music industry in Venezuela. The interview includes live versions of “Mentiras,” “Plastic Woman,” and “Ultra-Funk.” Click here to check it out.

Julieta Venegas Remixes Hello Seahorse!

August 8, 2009

Gotta thank our music-friends at Club Fonograma for this one here. Who knew Julieta Venegas had it in her to remix? Maybe it’s just that she likes and respects Hello Seahorse! as much as Mi Casa does. We don’t know, but she does a fine job remixing this track. Like the original, this remix of “Bestia” is a little dark, yet Julieta manages to bring some light into the song with hand claps and a few noise makers.

Hello Seahorse!

Hello Seahorse!

Maybe Julieta doesn’t want us to forget about Hello Seahorse! too fast in this music culture with attention deficit disorder. We sure don’t want you to. So to refresh your memory, we’re throwing in some extra tracks by Hello Seahorse!

Hello Seahorse! – Bestia (Julieta Venegas Remix) (MP3)

Hello Seahorse! – Bestia (Original) (MP3)

Hello Seahorse! – I Won\'t Say Anything (MP3)

Hello Seahorse!–I Wont Say Anything (Video (Note: music starts at 12 seconds))

Hello Seahorse!–Bestia

Ely Guerra Sings Ska

August 8, 2009

Ely Guerra shows a little hometown solidarity by singing a love song with Monterrey ska band, Inspector. You can find this skadorable track, “Noviembre,” in Inspector’s new self-titled album.

Inspector

Inspector

Now, I love Latino ska so much that I can admit that the genre lacks good singers. It’s okay because ska is not so much about vocals as it is about the quality of the music, the vibe, and the culture—and yes, about preserving those things. But this is why this collaboration works. Inspector lays out a nice traditional ska, while Ely gives the tune an emotional depth that makes Inspector’s music even more enjoyable to listen to. It worked for Mimi Maura, and here it works for Inspector and Ely.

Inspector featuring Ely Guerra–Noviembre (MP3)

Inspector with Ely Guerra–Noviembre (Track Video)

Bienvenida, Venissa Santí!

July 31, 2009

Venissa Santí describes her music as “one half Jazz and one half Cuban.”

Venissa Santí

Venissa Santí

Just a few days ago, Santí was featured in NPR’s Weekly Jazz Sampler along with established Latin-American singers, Susana Baca and Magos Herrera—deservingly so, that is. What makes Santí stand out even amongst the greats is that she doesn’t only sing in English, but she is one of the few singers who has found a way to sing in Spanish with east coast Jazz music. It’s more challenging than it seems. As NPR’s Felix Contreras points out, “you can’t just cut and paste English Lyrics over a song structure that was written in Spanish and vice-versa. It doesn’t always work out musically and mathematically.” But Santí does it and does it well. Check out her rendition of the classic Bolero, “Tu Mi Delirio.” She puts a major Jazz swing into this song, and skips around with the lyrics in a scat style I’d never heard done in Spanish. Don’t miss out! Get her album, Bienvenida, and welcome her into your casa.

Venissa Santí-Tu Mi Delirio (MP3)

Venissa Santí