Posts Tagged ‘Roots’

Song of the Day: Antibalas’ “Che Che Cole”

June 18, 2009




I was happy to see Antibalas‘ horn section collaborating with The Roots and guest performers, Paul Simon and Public Enemy, on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. I was a bit shocked—in a good way. I mean, these guys are a talented bunch in a country that unfortunately chooses to put bad music on its mainstream waves. So as you can imagine, I was glad to see them get some air time. That’s why they’re our group for our Song of the Day. When I saw them on Late Night, I remembered the cover they did of Willie Colon and Hector Lavoe’s “Che Che Cole.” Willie Colon and Hector Lavoe’s purpose was to pay honor to Africa for the immense influence it has had on Latin American music and culture. In a sense, they were telling Latin-Americans to acknowledge our African roots. And there’s no doubt about that—it’s in our music, in our language, in our food, and in our blood. Lavoe sang it, “…todos somos hermanos/ lo bailan en Venezuela/ lo bailan en Panama/ este ritmo es Africano/ y donde quiera va acabar.” And Antibalas brought it closer to home, to U.S. Latinos, by adding their own spin to those lyrics with, “lo bailan en Puerto Rico/ lo bailan en Nueva York/ este ritmo es Africano y Antibalas te lo dio.” We’re giving you both Salsa and Afro-beat versions—’cause we love ’em both. 

Willie Colon & Hector Lavoe-Che Che Cole (MP3)

Antibalas-Che Che Cole (MP3)

Willie Colon & Hector Lavoe—Che Che Cole (Video)

Antibalas—Che Che Cole (Youtube Audio)

Few Words, 1 Song: Cultura Profetica’s “Un Deseo”

June 9, 2009

Best Latin Reggae band (with all due respect to Gondwana and Los Cafres). From Puerto Rico, Cultura Profetica brings conscious reggae roots with lovely lyrics. The new album is in the works—coming later this summer. 


Cultura Profetica

Cultura Profetica


Cultura Profetica-Un Deseo (mp3)