Musica del Alma

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  • GUEST MIX: DJ Sport Casual MP3

    Despite New York City’s grim situation these days in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, Brooklyn-based DJ Sport Casual hit me up with this killer mix of wild Afro Latin goodness appropriately titled “Afro Latin”. Exploring an esoteric array of African and Latin music, the mix includes everything from Colombian Highlife played by midgets to a psychedelic cumbia about E.T.! Light one up, play it loud...

    13.11.2012

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    13.11.2012

  • NEW MIX: Cumbia Costeña MP3

    I am happy to finally unleash the fruits of an incredible trip to the Caribbean coast of Colombia (La Costa) earlier this summer. Along with my partner in grime, San Antonio’s own Alex LaRotta, I hit up record spots from Antioquia to Soledad looking for the deepest Cumbia and heaviest Salsa I could find in a month’s time. Since returning back home stateside, the result is my latest mixtape called Cumbi...

    16.10.2012

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    16.10.2012

  • GUEST MIX: Funk Nocturno by Morris MP3

    Chris Morris was kind enough to share this nice mix of Cuban Funk with us, which he recently prepared to hype his new website Expreso Ritmico devoted to the beautiful art featured on Cuban LP covers. Take as listen below to a combination of the heaviest funk tracks from the storied Caribbean isle of Cuba, a country whose impact on Música Latina can never be overstated! Expreso Ritmico, a website dedicated to Cub...

    14.09.2012

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    14.09.2012

  • Rock Bogotano: La Banda Nueva MP3

    Sifting through shelves of moldy records on a recent digging excursion in coastal Colombia, I came across a unique rock album amidst a sea of salsa LPs. The colorful cover of La Banda Nueva‘s lone LP, La Gran Feria, immediately caught my attention, and was a welcomed bonus to all of the Cumbia and Salsa LPs I had purchased up until that point. I immediately threw it on my portable turntable and was blown ...

    31.08.2012

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    31.08.2012

  • Guest Post: High-C from Rehash Media MP3

    Back again on Música del Alma is the dude High-C, joining us on a whirlwind promotional stint in honor of his freshly redesigned mega-blog, Rehash Excavation. Along with partner in grime Wilson, High-C has been generously sharing quality soul and funk music on his website for well over a decade. Today, he provides us with some killer Tejano Soul courtesy of Tony Hernandez!  -Slim Jenkins Tony Hernandez and the...

    23.08.2012

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    23.08.2012

  • LUCHO BERMUDEZ AT 100 MP3

      Today would be the 100th birthday of Lucho Bermudez, a personality who speaks to us in 2012 through his classic Colombian costeño songs and continuing reverberating impact on the sonic landscape of Latin America. Born on January 25th, 1912, in an inland town close to the beautiful beach city of Tolu, Colombia, this sartorial gentleman who is immediately recognizable from his patented slicked-back hair and th...

    25.01.2012

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    25.01.2012

  • Guest Post: LA CUMBIA TEJANA MP3

    Alex LaRotta is a good friend and emerging ethnomusicologist based in San Antonio, Texas.  This week he has written an outstanding overview about the incorporation of Cumbia into the Tex-Mex gamut.  Thanks, man! —————————————————————————â...

    19.12.2011

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    19.12.2011

  • Catching up: Caribbean Heat MP3

    I’m feeling guilty for the lack of posts lately so I decided to do a couple more today! One of the more sought after titles on Disques Debs, the Ce Soir Grand Bal De L’A.J.S. LP is a split album between Les Maxel’s & Typical Combo, who were two of the top French Caribbean bands of the early 70s from the islands of Guadeloupe & Martinique.  What stood out to me immediately about this re...

    14.12.2011

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    14.12.2011

  • LOS SEVEN DEL SWING: Picanton MP3

    This LP was easily the find of the year for me. My top want as I headed down to Colombia earlier this summer to do some digging. It’s a legendary salsa record from a part of the country that was producing super deep cumbias at the time, making it stick out from the rest of the famed Candelazos Curro series all the more. It’s not the rarest record I got all year, nor the cheapest score, but it real...

    14.12.2011

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    14.12.2011

  • NEW GAITA & CUMBIA MIX: Sabor y Ritmo (DJ Slim Jenkins) MP3

    I’m just back from vacation and inspired to start posting regularly again. This mix has been sitting on the back burner at Casa Musica since I made it this past summer after returning from a brief digging trip to Colombia. It’s finally time to let it loose! Some of the heavier things that I ended up finding on the trip were the Gaitas (think brass-heavy uptempo Cumbias) from labels like Tropical and Fue...

    08.11.2011

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    08.11.2011

  • Hot Re-Release: GRUPO 2000 Michael Piggott Interview MP3

    East of the towering Andes Mountains in the cities and towns of Peru’s Amazonian jungle region, a prolific music scene emerged in the 1960s and 1970s.  The rubber boom in the 20th century saw massive migration to the area from a diverse array of enterprising laborers from the Americas and abroad (even Sephardic Jews from Morocco came to the area) in search of work.  This, adding to a significant indigeno...

    31.08.2011

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    31.08.2011

  • Harold y su Banda – Heavy Colombian Funk MP3

    I have finally gotten around to processing all of my finds from my Colombia / Venezuela trip, so while I put the finishing touches on a couple of mixes I’m working on, check out this LP by Harold y su Banda.  In terms of funky stuff, the below LP quickly bubbled to the top and stood out from the all rest.  What ended up being a nice find on my last day in Colombia from a street vendor in Bogota, the Evol...

    19.07.2011

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    19.07.2011

  • Guest Post: Guaguanco Mix by Reynaldo MP3

    This is truly exactly what we need right now: a hot salsa mix to dance these summer nights through and through!  Nothing but Kool Heat!  Big thanks, Rey. -Slim Jenkins ——————————– My goal when I started to put this mix together was to find songs that are as good as “Guaguanco Tropical” by The Brooklyn Sounds–a song...

    13.07.2011

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    13.07.2011

  • Peruvian Boogaloo Banger MP3

    Finally getting back from work/vacation in Colombia and Venezuela and I had an incredible time! Plenty of fun and records were found on the trip, many of which will be posted here either in reviews or mixes coming up really soon. I’m still processing my South American haul, so feast your ears on a tremendous boogaloo banger from Lima, Peru, which I had waiting for me at home when I got back. Carlos Hayre (I...

    17.06.2011

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    17.06.2011

  • NEW MIX: DESCARGANDO MP3

    This week I’m back with a new mix of heavy Descarga / Mambo / Latin Jazz for your dancing feet. I’ve been obsessed with this sound for a while now and decided to express that love with a mix for you all.  Some classics and a few obscurities in there, from places like Cuba, New York City, Puerto Rico, Los Angeles, Venezuela, and The Bahamas.  There is a heaviness about this music, like when you h...

    31.01.2011

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    31.01.2011

  • GUEST MIX: Cuban Funk by Gravelheadwrap MP3

    Happy holidays to all my readers across the globe!  This week we have a very special mix by Gravelheadwrap, who has contributed Cuban heat here in the past.  I love this mix of classics and rare tracks from Cuba’s Areito label.  Enjoy! Cuban Funk by Gravelheadwrap Juan Pablo Torres – Y Que Bien Juan Formell Y Los Van Van - Llegue, Llegue Grupo Monumental - Limitacion Los Reyes ’73 - Ad...

    23.12.2010

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    23.12.2010

  • SOLID LATIN FUNK 45s MP3

    Three bangin tracks from 2 rare 45s this week!  Two of my favorite scores of 2010… ——————————————————————————– Cheesy Afro-Latin funk at its best! This is by far the best thing I’ve heard by the Panamanian group Th...

    15.12.2010

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    15.12.2010

  • CUMBIAS DE COLOMBIA! MP3

    I am very pleased to share some hot Colombian Cumbias with you this week.  As a few of you might remember from an earlier post, I went to Colombia this summer mostly for work but also for vacation.  I spent two weeks in Ciudad Perdida (Lost City), which is an archaeological site in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta overlooking the Caribbean sea, doing archaeological mapping and threats monitoring.  The sit...

    16.11.2010

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    16.11.2010

  • GUEST POST: Doisn’s Panama Soul Mix MP3

    This week we have a very special guest mix by Germany’s DOISN.  This mysterious lad has dropped a heavy and LONG set of ultra-rare soul tracks from the isthmus of Panama.  An intrepid traveler no doubt, DOISN has been to Panama numerous times in search of adventure (and vinyl), and has agreed to put together a mix exclusive to this site.  Believe me, these records are near impossible to find â€...

    08.11.2010

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    08.11.2010

  • Boogaloo Mexicano MP3

    Back in effect with some hot shit I recently found at the flea market.  I’m always amazed at the wide swath of records that are findable at these markets: from rare local funk & soul 45s to seemingly impossible-to-track-down international joints.  Anything is possible at fleas, you just have to be the first one to find it! Waxing poetic aside, I was really struck by the quality of this LP by Tono Qui...

    06.10.2010

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    06.10.2010

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