Looking for new latin/world music
February 25, 2006 9:50 AM   Subscribe

Latin/Spanish/World MusicFilter; Any recommendations out there for Latin,, Spanish or other cool World Music....I really enjoy Gipsy Kings, Calexico, Pink Martini and the like.

That's it. Latin/World music....any reccomendations are highly appreciated.
posted by jamie939 to Society & Culture (20 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
os mutantes ... a 60's mix of brazilian music and anything else they thought that would fit ... brilliant stuff
posted by pyramid termite at 9:55 AM on February 25, 2006

A good place to start is the Rough Guides music series. It's made by the same company that does the Rough Guide tour books, and features CD-length compilations of music from a specific culture or country. Pretty much any CD from them is guaranteed to be interesting, albeit not all-ecompassing by any means.

Another couple labels to check out are David Byrne's Luaka Bop, which does a lot of amazing Brazilian stuff (I'd recommend World Psychedelic Classics Vol. 1 (which is Os Mutantes) and 3) and Peter Gabriel's Real World, which put out, among other things, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's incredible music.

If I had to make a single recommendation... well, I absolutely love African rock 'n roll. See if you can find anything by Thomas Mapfumo, who invented Chimurenga--in fact, pretty much anything from Zimbabwe is worth hearing. From Brazil, try and find some Caetano Veloso, who's often called the "Brazilian Dylan." Make sure you find a disc with English translations of the lyrics. None of that is necessarily "Latin"-sounding in the same Tejano way that the Gypsy Kings and Calexico are, but it's still really incredible. For the Tex-Mex sound, try its accompanying Rough Guide.
posted by maxreax at 10:15 AM on February 25, 2006

Speaking of David Byrne, I really liked his first solo album Rei Momo. No lyric translations required either.

On the jazzy side, Buena Vista Social Club and the Afro-Cuban All Stars are favorites of mine.
posted by hwestiii at 11:05 AM on February 25, 2006

I enjoy La Ley (especially Uno and the unplugged album), Juanes (particularly the Un Día Normal album), and the entire soundtrack to Amores Perros. Lots of more classic options out there, but these are some of my favorite to recommend.
posted by superfem at 11:33 AM on February 25, 2006

If you like Pink Martini, check out Paris Combo. All French (can't tell from the question if you're looking for Spanish-language only or open to others), but very jazzy and modern. I always think of the two groups together.
posted by occhiblu at 11:59 AM on February 25, 2006

Buena Vista Social Club has already been noted. I would also suggest Ibrahim Ferrer's album on the same label.
posted by kaseijin at 12:41 PM on February 25, 2006

I like Manu Chao and also The Fabulous Trobadors
posted by selton at 12:42 PM on February 25, 2006

I suggest Omara Portuonda "Flor de amor", Césaria Évora "Voz d'Amor", Mariza "Fado curvo" and Gotan Project "La Revancha del Tango". All are available on Amazon, iTunes etc.
posted by iviken at 1:08 PM on February 25, 2006


If you like the French music, you can check out the following:

Benjemin Biolay
Keren Ann
Coralie Clement
Jaques Brel
Serge Gainsbourg
Yves Montand
Carla Bruni
France Gall
Francoise Hardy
Edith Piaf

Slightly more indie-rock:

Autour de Lucie
Stereo Total
posted by kaseijin at 1:08 PM on February 25, 2006

  • Amistades Peligrosas (more on the pop spectrum of pop-rock)
  • Heroes del Silencio (definitely rock español)

  • You have to check out the forró music. Forró is an easy Brazilian dance that's kinda like salsa but I associate it more with parties out in the country. Maybe that's my experience only? But the Aviões de Forró are awesome, in particular, and a great introduction to the genre.
  • If you like the lounge-y-ness of Pink Martini you should look into fado, which has great vocals and in general a sadder tone. Some names to try would be Amalia Rodrigues, Cristina Branco, and Ana Moura.

    World music in general:
    The groups you listed, I like them a lot, so hopefully these will also be up your line:
  • Balkanarama: all kinds of roms and other Romanian and Balkan music
  • Chava Alberstein: the lady of Israeli music. I really like her songs in Yiddish.

  • posted by whatzit at 1:18 PM on February 25, 2006

    Motel de Moka
    posted by amberglow at 1:29 PM on February 25, 2006

    I recommend, nay, highly recommend listening to the weekly podcasts from ritmolatino for eclectic latin stuff.

    For more general world music, I have not come across anything as good as Radioio World (it's an internet radio station).
    posted by dhruva at 2:51 PM on February 25, 2006

    The late great Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.
    posted by madstop1 at 3:46 PM on February 25, 2006

    Response by poster: I am really liking the Radioio World...and back ordered the Byrne Brazilian music...advice has given me some brand new searches in itunes...mucho gracious amigos....

    ...can't seem to figure out how to download the motel de moka files to itunes
    posted by jamie939 at 4:12 PM on February 25, 2006

    apple-click on a mac, jamie, then "save link as".
    posted by amberglow at 5:53 PM on February 25, 2006

    Yerba Buena.
    posted by adamvasco at 1:47 AM on February 26, 2006

    If you like Manu Chao you will also like Amparanoia.

    For older very emotive music, you may like the Mexican singer Chavela Vargas

    Kiko Veneno is a really great Spanish singer/songwriter with fun lyrics.

    Then of course there's Joaquin Sabina who has amazingly clever lyrics.
    posted by sic at 6:37 AM on February 26, 2006

    A couple of others to check out (particularly for the Spanish/North African feel) Radio Tarifa and Ojos de Brujo
    posted by itsjustanalias at 8:26 AM on February 26, 2006

    Here are my three favorite Latin groups/artists:
    Jarabe De Palo (poppy rock group from Spain)
    Carlos Vives (Colombian singer- mixes up traiditional sounds and instuments with more modern stuff. Very energetic and fun music)
    Maná (Mexican group whose lead singer sounds eeriely like Sting)
    posted by emd3737 at 9:27 AM on February 26, 2006

    Ibrihim Ferrar
    Bene Morey

    These are a couple of cuban jazz singers. Ibrihim in particular is one of my faves.

    The Beuna Vista Social Club as noted previously is a superb album.
    posted by fox_terrier_guy at 3:40 PM on March 15, 2006

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