Posts Tagged ‘Ska’

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)

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Song of the Day: Dancing Mood’s “Close to You” with Mimi Maura

June 19, 2009

 

Mimi Maura

Mimi Maura

I might have had too many whiskeys last night, and like every night (drunk or sober), I had an unforgiving friend bothering me as  I slept. This friend is a bird outside my window that is either really affected by light pollution or just likes to mess with me. I want to think that last night it was just trying to remind me about our Song of the Day. And it did by bringing to mind, “why do birds suddenly appear every time you are near.” I’ve been a fan of Mimi Maura ever since I got into the Latin-American Reggae scene, so when I heard that she was doing a Ska with Argentina’s Dancing Mood I was kinda excited. It wasn’t a disappointment at all. She has a rather deep voice, so to lighten it a bit for a classic American love song was a great move. And of course, Dancing Mood composed a perfect Ska cover of the track. It’s better than The Carpenters’ version. That’s it. I’m hungover. Enjoy.

Dancing Mood (featuring Mimi Maura)-Close to You (MP3)

Song of the Day: Ska Cubano’s “Marianao”

June 17, 2009

I get excited when music genres that I love come together for a good cause. In this case, the good cause is attending the need for good music. I just never imagined that it could happen with Jamaican Ska and Son Cubano. I tend to listen to them separately—when in different moods and for different occasions. But when I heard that they were being married it made sense—both are two of the Caribbean’s most respected music styles, and therefore have a loyal following. But how could something like that happen? 

Ska Cubano

Ska Cubano

London Ska artist, Natty Bo, and Cuban singer, Juan Manuel Villy Carbonell, were introduced to each other in Santiago de Cuba by a London promoter (who came up with the idea) to bring both sounds together. They met with a few musicians and formed a band with a self-explanatory name—Ska Cubano.  With their most recent album, Ay Caramba (2005), Natty and Juan Manuel proved to the world that traditional Son Cubano songs could fit nicely into a bouncy Ska. And then, to kick it up even more, they added a little Cumbia and Rumba to the mix. Sounds like a lot, but it works. “Marianao” is one of my favorite songs from Ay Caramba. The ode to Marianao, Cuba is done nicely with a few instrumental solos and a charming chorus. Don’t be scared if you’re still bouncing after the song is over—it’s totally normal. We’re waiting to see when the next album comes out, but in the meantime it’s worth to go back a few years for some Ska Cubano.

Ska Cubano-Marianao (MP3)