Posts Tagged ‘Salsa’

The Funky Beats of Revolutionary Cuba

July 28, 2009

Si Para Usted Vol.2

Si Para Usted Vol.2

Waxing Deep has just put out Volume 2 of Si Para Usted: The Funky Beats of Revolutionary Cuba. The folks at Waxing Deep really dug in the crates this time around to bring us some even more rare groovy tunes from Cuba’s 60’s and 70’s. Chances are you probably haven’t heard of any of these musicians before, but you’ll surely recognize the funk that’s in every song. It’s crazy how powerful music is—despite the blockade, you can hear how Cuban music was being influenced by some Rock and Soul. As a result, we get some of the most electrifying funky Cuban music I’ve ever heard. In “Vehicle” you’ll hear some of what I’m talking about—we get explosive trumpets, an organ, and a smooth Afro-Cuban feel on the drums.

Vehicle-Orquesta Cubana De Música Moderna (MP3)

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)