Indie immigrant rockers Making Movies drop a new Spanish-language single as they’re in Mexico City, set to open for one of their mentors, Panamanian great Rubén Blades, at the famed teatro Auditorio Nacional. “Accidente,” says lead singer-songwriter, Enrique... Read Article
If you noticed #RickyRenuncia trending on social media platforms throughout the last couple of weeks and wondered what it was about, know that the protests behind the hashtag resulted in Puerto Rico’s embattled Gov. Ricardo A. Rosselló agreeing... Read Article
There’s something about listening to Rubén Blades passionately belt out the first lyric in a new collaboration with Kansas City’s Making Movies. Here’s a Latin music legend who wrote for the likes of Hector Lavoe, urging listeners to... Read Article
A documentary following brothers Enrique and Diego Chi of the band Making Movies as they travel to Panama has been nominated for an Emmy in the cultural category. You can watch Music Is An Immigrant, which tracks the brothers’... Read Article
It is no exaggeration to say that Panamanian singer/songwriter, actor, lawyer, and politician Rubén Blades is one of the most important figures in Spanish-language music in general and certainly in the transnational Latin dance music known as salsa,... Read Article
La Mambanegra are not your average salsa band. Speaking to bandleader Jacobo Vélez (in the interview below) it is clear that he doesn’t think of the group as a salsa band at all, instead a mixture of funk,... Read Article
There is no question that Boogat is a guerrillero urbano; an urban warrior of sorts. Some of the first verses the Spanish-(and by extension, English-)speaking world first heard out of his mouth were a rallying cry, scored by... Read Article
We asked Movimientos’ Cal Jader – a man at the heart of London’s Latin American music scene – to pick out 10 of his favourite tracks of the year, and boy has he delivered. It’s a selection that... Read Article
REVIEW Calle 13 – MultiViral
Few albums are as well crafted and thought out as Calle 13‘s fifth record MultiViral. Through it, the hybrid rap/alt-rock/urban/experimental band delivers its most sophisticated and best produced record thus far. It’s playful, profound and melodic while having... Read Article
We knew Panama-by-way-of-Oakland, Calif., duo, Los Rakas, would be well received in Colombia and Chile, where they ended up selling out shows in Bogota and Santiago.
The 14th annual Latin Alternative Music Conference rolled into to New York City on July 9 through the 13th, bringing with it brutal humidity and heat, and loads of good music in a variety of subgenres.
It’s tough for rabid salsa fans to imagine that success may not have come easy for many of the greats. Ruben Blades, for instance, found resistance when peddling his music in New York City in the 1970s.