Watch The Pedrito Martinez Group play “La Havana” live. They’re one of the most exciting groups in Latin American music today, and exemplify Cuban creativity…
Listen to & follow this Spotify playlist of contemporary, lively Latin music…
Genre-Bending Modern Latin Music For International Audiences & Dance Floors
Miami Music From The Capital Of Latin America
PALO! from Miami give us the title of this playlist and start it off right with a good time party song, “Yo Quiero Guarachar.” PALO! performs their own style of Tropical music they call “Afro-Cuban Funk.” Just think “funky, jazzed-up salsa,” or better yet, listen to some of their music on gopalo.com to hear more for yourself. The group’s unique, danceable sound blends the allure of Cuban music with funky beats and jazzy improvisation.
Although Miami is famous for electronic dance music, there is a fantastic live music scene too. Several great local bands blend traditional Latin music with modern styles, and there are great bars to hear live music like Hoy Como Ayer in Little Havana, and Jazid in South Beach.
The Spam Allstars are one of the bands that form the foundation of Miami’s funky live music culture. They play at festivals and in clubs all the time, but hadn’t released a new album in years until 2016’s Trans-Oceanic. And, they get right back into their signature Latin Funk flavor. Listen to their groovy mix of Funk, Rock, Jazz, Cuban music, and electronic elements on the sensational “Around The Track.”
Here he teams up with Boston’s Bosq, one of the most talented gringo producer/DJs with an impeccable ear for Latin sounds. I love the way Bosq produces his own style of “Electrópico” with profound beats, and a fresh, organic approach to electronic, tropical music in all his remarkable re-mixes.
Listen to how Bosq prepares Mr Pauer’s “Pronto Vamo’a Llegá” from his most recent album, Orange, gives it a funky Dancehall & Reggae inspired revamp for the single release and international dance floors.
Scorching Latin Funk Music — Jungle Fire Brings The Heat on Jambú!
Jungle Fire’s 2017 record, Jambú, starts out with a tribute to their Afro-Funk influences with a Latin Funk riff on the “Soul Makossa” bass line on “LA Kossa.” Just like they did their own thing with Fela Kuti’s “Let’s Start” on “Comencemos” from Tropicoso, they repeat the feat with a nod to Manu Dibango’s classic…Los Angeles global Funk style.
No Quiero Lio — Solo Quiero Guarachar
May You Enjoy…And Dance
These guys play Latin dance music that shakes sweatbox dance floors with fierce energy all over Latin America & the USA. It’s honest dance music with no frills and no fear, anchored by reverb-slathered guitars, Hammond organ, and syncopated percussion.
Perfect, Pan Latin Music
Here’s how they describe themselves, “Buyepongo is an infectious sonic explosion of blaring horns and syncopated accordion licks. Tight booming bass lines transport you from the inner city, to a sunny island surrounded by a blue ocean. Your soul then succumbs to the slaps of the conga as you become hypnotized by the melodious harmonies being sung. You are now in a tropical haven. Get Ready To Dance!”
Sounds good to me! Learn more about them here.
The Peruvian Groove
They appear in this Spotify playlist with a smoking 2016 single, “Quiero Amanecer,” a stimulating, hybrid, modern Cumbia song. It’s one of my favorite singles of 2016.
Watch this fun video for the song below. It’ll have you wanting to plan a music vacation to Peru… 😉
Reggae Con Cumbia
¡Dios Mio! Que Buena Música Cubana
Martinez performed as vocalist and percussionist with Cuban legends before settling in New York City in the fall of 1998. Pedrito has recorded or performed with Wynton Marsalis, Paul Simon, Eddie Palmieri, Paquito D’Rivera, Bruce Springsteen and Sting and has contributed to well over 75 albums.
A consummate master of Afro-Cuban folkloric music and the batá drum, he is also the music world’s first-call rumbero — playing, singing, and dancing with dozens of groups and contributing to or appearing in several important films.
Mr. Martinez was a founding member of the highly successful, Afro-Cuban/Afro-Beat band, Yerba Buena, with which he recorded two albums and toured the world.
His career as a leader, began in 2005 with the formation in NYC of the The Pedrito Martinez Group. They recorded their second album, Habana Dreams, largely in Cuba in October 2015. Featuring superstars like — Ruben Blades, Isaac Delgado, Wynton Marsalis, Descemer Bueno, Roman Diaz, Angelique Kidjo, and Telmary Diaz — it is a beautiful record, uplifting, alluring, exotic, and full of spine-tingling percussion jams.
Enjoy their gorgeous, uplifting song, “Dios Mio” in this playlist.
The Ultimate Genre-Bender: An African & Latin Music Adventure
They’re a multi-cultural band based in London with a Venezuelan singer, Luzmira Zerpa. Here, on “Okoroba” she sings a far out, potent tune that melds African mbira with Latin percussion, and Spanish singing.
Maracuchos Coloridos y Creativos
Watch this wild & colorful video from Venezuelan group, La Gallera Social Club, for a stupendous song, “Chimban-güele”…
Also check out Caribombo’s video for their song “Mi Raza.” You’ll see how Caribombo and his family and friends enjoy life in Maracaibo and Cabimas, showing the interactions between sun, smiles, music and culture….
Dope Latin Hip-Hop
Giving It Up To Las Orishas
Vamos A Rumbear
Sensational Soul Sounds
Salsón Del Caribe
Santero On The Dance Floor
This Is Pure Enjoyment
Watch Herencia de Timbiquí perform “Ay No” with a phenomenal percussion breakdown, live at Congahead Studios…
Modern Colombia Dance Band
Life Is A Carinval
Firey Uptempo Descarga
Since Bosq is one of the biggest proponents of electrifying Latin music to gringo ears, of course he puts out some of the best Latin music hybrids — mixing classic Salsa style and House music, for example. On “Tumbalá” he went down to Puerto Rico to record with the great Tempo Alomar and they came up with this sure fire dance floor packer. They followed up with more funky Latin dance music on “Vengo Arrollando.”
Mexican Cumbia Hip-Hop (In China ?)
Watch this crazy cognitive dissonance — Mexican Cumbia Hip-Hop — on the streets of China…