La Gozadera Nueva: New Sounds of Venezuela Mixtape

By 25 October, 2011

Venezuelan music has always been hard to characterise. Salsa is their national music – despite being more associated with the Caribbean or New York, and their successful exports have included groups as diverse as the Símon Bolivar Youth Orchestra and Los Amigos Invisibles.

This perhaps explains why their current music scene, largely based in Caracas, is also hard to define, and perhaps why we find it so interesting. On this La Gozadera Nueva: New Sounds of Venezuela Mixtape we’ve picked 13 songs from Venezuela that cover musical styles that could be described as folk, indie, rock, dance, ambient, techno or shoegaze.

What’s maintained throughout all these songs is a determination to make interesting music, music that perhaps won’t propel anyone to fame, but will give anyone who listens something to think about. Whenever we listen to these songs we just wonder why we don’t listen to Venezuelan music more often!

You can find out more about some of the best new artists in Venezuela in our article Going Underground: New Music of Venezuela. We have also interviewed two of our favourite new Venezuelan acts, Algodón Egipcio and La Vida Boheme – click on their names to read those interviews.

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You can listen to mixes of all the best classic music from South America in our Mixtapes section

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