Musica del Alma

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  • Cumbia Sampuesana! MP3

    Looking over my posts so far, it seems I have neglected to post up some hot cumbias onto Musica del Alma!  Well here you go: “Cumbia Sampuesana” is a simple combination of accordion, bass, drums, and washboard rhythm.  The high pitched accordion riff is actually kind of psychedelic to my ears, although most likely not intentionally.  The band isn’t listed on the LP cover, but its probably ...

    30.08.2009

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    30.08.2009

  • Descarga para el Alma (pt. 1) MP3

    As promised here are a couple of nice Descargas, a style of Latin music I have been deeply in love with for quite some time.  The word Descarga itself means to explode or unload in Spanish, and really it describes the music perfectly: descargas are often uptempo and freely organized allowing musicians to release bursts of style during numerous solos throughout a typical song.  The results are an absolute pleasu...

    16.08.2009

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    16.08.2009

  • Time for some Latin Jazz MP3

    Changing course from the sweltering tropical funk of last week, here’s some nice Latin Jazz to get you through until the weekend, when I promise a great post of rare & excellent descargas. Ricardo Marrero, infamous for his classic Latin Funk/Disco songs like “Babalonia,” “My Friend” and “Algo” (see my earlier post for more of that stuff), released his first (legit) album...

    06.08.2009

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    06.08.2009

  • Guest Post: O-Dub (Soul-Sides.com) MP3

    Hot off the heels of Age’s incredible mix last week, our third Guest Post comes to us by way of O-Dub, creator of one of the web’s finest audio-blogs, Soul-Sides. -Slim ————– First off, I wanted to express my admiration for the great job Musica Del Alma is doing to help spread knowledge on the diversity of Latin goodness that’s out there. There is some heavy, h...

    20.07.2009

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    20.07.2009

  • Guest Post: Age MP3

    For our next installment in the Guest Post Series, San Jose-based DJ/Collector Age unleashes a massive mix of eccentric Latin cuts teaming with SABOR. -Slim El Fantasmas Espejo mix (Part 1 of 2) A Collection of Various Latin Records from all over. (Balada,Salsa,Rock,Psych,Chicano Anthems,etc) **Note: These were all donations from a former radio station dj at K*** FM (And out of respect and his request, will remain A...

    15.07.2009

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    15.07.2009

  • Wild Wind MP3

    Check out one of the two Latin Rock groups on the Sound Triangle Label from Hialeah, Florida (the other being Coke/Opus).  Arguably the finest LP from that label (unless, of course, you are a fan of Salsa), the self-titled Wild Wind LP is chock full of funky moments.  And hey, even the ballads are good! Maybe its just the raw recording of the record, or the low quality vinyl the album was pressed on, but â€...

    13.07.2009

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    13.07.2009

  • Colombian Afro Funk: Then and Now MP3

    Colombian-based musician/DJ Quantic recently released a fantastic new album (along with his Combo Barbaro) entitled Tradition in Transition, which I heartilly encourage everyone to pick up ASAP.  They also just put out a 7″ that features a non-album cut called “Enyere Cumbara”, which itself is a cover of a Julian y su Combo song out of Cali, Colombia.  The original is a mega rare slice of Sout...

    05.07.2009

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    05.07.2009

  • Guest Post: Reynaldo MP3

    Great stuff this week coming from California’s own heavy Latin music collector, Reynaldo, creator of the Latin Vinyl Junkie blog and the excellent Reynaldo82 site. His three exceptional selections kick off a new series of guest posts on Musica del Alma that will hopefully feature a slew of other great contributors in the weeks and months to come. -Slim Orlando Marin: “Palo Monte” From the Out of...

    18.06.2009

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    18.06.2009

  • Latin Music Heaven MP3

    This post is dedicated to Musica Latina, an amazing all-Latin music store that specialized mostly in vinyl and was located firmly in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District. A place where I spent many hours in shelf after shelf (ceiling-high) of Latin 45’s, soaking up the artifacts of a music scene that went down on the opposite coast from San Francisco.  Sadly, Musica Latina closed last year a...

    15.06.2009

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    15.06.2009

  • Tremenda Onda MP3

    This week we’ve got some outstanding hard Latin funk for y’all. This is one of the deepest, funkiest Latin tunes I’ve heard in some time, despite not having a thick drum break behind it.  I’m especially feeling the serious back-and-forth going on between the guitar and horns. Los Tremendos, from what I can gather, were a Cuban group out of NYC (?) that recorded a decent cumbia record wi...

    25.05.2009

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    25.05.2009

  • Cooking with Ray MP3

    I was laying beside the pool today enjoying the sun and “Cocinando” popped into my head, almost on cue.  The cool vocals, spacey keyboards and ubiquitous güiro licks set the tone just right for this 10 minute plus workout.  A perfect track for all your lazy afternoon needs.  Might just be my summer ‘09 grilling anthem! I also am including “Alafia Cumaye” due to how amazing it...

    17.05.2009

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    17.05.2009

  • Porfi Jimenez- Venezuelan Heavyweight MP3

    Walking through the scenic Spanish architecture of the old section of Quito, Ecuador’s capital city, during the summer of 2007 I noticed an aging  metal sign entitled “Bazaar” hanging over a short, sunken doorway.  Upon entering the dark and gloomy room filled mostly with shoes and clothes I noticed an elderly woman sitting on a bench entranced in the making of a colorful handmade textile.Â...

    12.05.2009

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    12.05.2009

  • Chocolate Caliente MP3

    Alfredo “Chocolate” Armenteros, a legendary Afro-Cuban jazz trumpeter and pioneer of the mambo who did his thing with the likes of Arsenio Rodriguez and others, recorded a mid-seventies salsa album with one major exception.  The title track off the album, “Hot Chocolate,” is a widely slept on latin funk monster with hard breaks and blistering horns and strings. I ride. Chocolate Caliente: ...

    08.05.2009

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    08.05.2009

  • Musica Del Alma MP3

    Here it is, the record that first opened me up to the Nuyorican sound of the late sixties, the TNT Boys doing a thing called “Musica del Alma”, or Soul Music. What could this blog be without putting up this classic to start things off?! A two-tone Archie Bell “Tighten Up”-style guitar riff lays the backbone for this Latin Soul gem, no doubt playing off of the regional success of the TNT Bandâ...

    01.05.2009

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    01.05.2009

  • PANAMA FUNK- Los Superiores MP3

    In waiting for the highly anticipated Soundway compilation Panama! Vol 2 – Latin Sounds, Cumbia Tropical & Calypso Funk on the Isthmus 1967-1977 to drop, I’ll give y’all a quick taste of what lays in store for that release.  Los Superiores, who released an unthinkably rare LP entitled La Nueva Salsa de Los Superiores, bring us a track called “Descarga Superior”.  This was th...

    28.04.2009

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    28.04.2009

  • Catching Up MP3

    This first post will highlight some of the Latin Funk gems I dropped on my other blog, Kikin-Bakk. There you can also read a little more about the songs and artists.  Further posts will incorporate many different musical styles such as Latin Soul & Rock, Cumbia, Descarga, Guaracha, Guaguanco, Salsa, y mas. Orchestra di Perez Prado: “Circle” From UniFunk 7″ (Italy, 197?) ——â€...

    27.04.2009

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    27.04.2009

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