DANZ ON 17: El Dragón Criollo

By 02 April, 2021

Coming from the capital of salsa, Cali’s El Dragón Criollo keeps rhythm in his blood, though living now in Geneva. The Pacific-city expat, who splits his time between performing with his groups Contento, La Jungla and Acid Coco, as well as DJing and curating with Barcelona label El Palmas, is a multi-instrumentalist, DJ and selector whose various projects are all connected by his ability to compel dancing. Having, in the last six months, worked on two Color De Trópico compilations that showcase Venezuelan gems with the Barcelona label, dropped Acid Coco’s debut album of pan-Colombian tropical punk, and Contento’s first full-length of ebullient booglaoo and “salsapunk”, you’d be forgiven for assuming he’s now taking some time off to enjoy the fruits of his labour. However, with a first album under his solo moniker expected this year, El D is full-steam ahead with no signs of slowing down. It’s a miracle, then, that he found time to put together this Friday’s Danz On Mixtape that showcases music from Colombia’s Caribbean and beyond.

“This mix is journey through different decades and different genres of El Caribe a place where music seems to be endless! Desde El Caribe y con mucho amor este mix para todos y todas ustedes.”


Toto La Momposina – Mojana
La Niña Emilia – A La Lona
Andrés Landero – Dejáme Gozar La Vida
La Jungla – Cumbia Del Desierto
Osvaldo Ayala – El Pañuelito
Anne Zwing – Zamba Urile
Abelardo Carbono – Coleto
Hernan Hernandez – Coge Golpe
Caribe Star – Mi Gran Amor
Rastaman & Cocoman – Te Amaré
Renato – La Chica De Los Ojos Café
Fruko Y Sus Tesos – Como Cumbiambero Que Soy
Michi Sarmiento – Purificación
Orquesta Zodiac – Tremendo Problema
Hermanos Lebron – Dulzura
Eddie Palmieri/ Cal Tjader – Samba Do Suenho

This mixtape series takes its name from ‘Danzon (Dance On)’ – an album by celebrated Cuban trumpeter, Arturo Sandoval. The album’s title plays on the name of Cuba’s national dance: the danzón, introducing its English homonym and punning on the fact that native Latin American music types are loved on dance floors worldwide. For this mix series, expert dance floor-fillers from Latin America and beyond will be serving Latinx killers so that we can dance on worldwide.

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