Posts Tagged ‘Soul’

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: Concha Buika’s “Miénteme Bien”

July 13, 2009

For the past few days, I’ve been playing catch-up with Concha Buika‘s music. How I didn’t know of her before, I don’t know. But after a few days of listening to her, I seriously consider her one of the best voices of my time. And I’m not alone, so does film maker Pedro Almodóvar (that’s actually how I found about this soulful jazzy Afro-Spanish flamenco singer).

Concha Buika

Concha Buika

In one of Pedro Almodóvar’s blog entries (a recent obsession of mine), he discusses the importance of music in his films. That lead him to mention some of his recent favorite artists. One of those artists was Concha Buika. He compared Buika to the great Chavela Vargas, saying, “…she makes me tremble because she gives the impression that each performance is the definitive one, the last one. While being totally original and following other paths, she reminds me very much of Chavela at her greatest.” After reading that, I felt like I had to check her out. Once I did, I was awed by the way that Buika’s voice seems to come from every part of her—from her feet, from her knees, from the heart…you name it! Every word is rooted somewhere. Just listen. And watch the video, please—I feel like Almodóvar when he says that recordings don’t do some artists justice. In this case, Buika’s studio recording is pretty damn good, but the live performance is even more amazing. For more breath-taking minutes in your life, get Buika’s Grammy nominated album, Niña de Fuego.

Concha Buika-Mienteme Bien (MP3)

Concha Buika-Miénteme Bien (Video)

Throwback Thursdays: Ralfi Pagan’s “Make It With You”

July 2, 2009

This Thursday, we’re taking it back to the 60’s and 70’s with Ralfi Pagan—one of the most recognizable voices of Latin-Soul.

Ralfi Pagan

Ralfi Pagan

Although this Nuyorican falsetto also applied his vocals to Salsa, it is his soul ballads that continue to have a pulse. What keeps them relevant isn’t just that they’re songs about love, but that Ralfi sang them in Spanglish. In Make It With You, Ralfi sings, “I really think that we can make it / yo quiero hacerlo contigo / siempre siempre quiero estar contigo.” Warning: It might just put you in the mood. 

Ralfi Pagan-Make It With You (MP3)

Ralfi Pagan-Make It With You (Video)