24 marzo 2017

La canción de la semana #571

...is Canto a Eleggua performed by a Cuban vocal group Sexto Sentido.

03 marzo 2017

La canción de la semana #568

Fantasía para un gentilhombre (1954) by Joaquín Rodrigo is based on music of the 17th-century Spanish composer Gaspar Sanz. The fourth movement of Fantasía is called Canario. I really like the Emerson, Lake & Palmer's version of this composition, which appears on the band's 1978 album Love Beach.

25 febrero 2017

La canción de la semana #567

Hotel California, arguably the most famous recording of Eagles, was released forty years ago, and was covered since by almost everybody. Here's a Spanish-language version (bar "such a lovely place" which was probably deemed untranslatable) by Gipsy Kings!

18 febrero 2017

La canción de la semana #566

...is Me parece perfecto by La Mambanegra, a "break salsa" band from Cali, Colombia. The band's debut album, El Callegüeso y su Malamaña, is to be released by Movimientos Records on 3 March 2017.

12 febrero 2017

La canción de la semana #565

Maite Hontelé has been already featured on this blog, and for a good reason: she is so good! Last night, she was performing once again in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, and this time the weather was just perfect.

This week's song is Perdón, another famous bolero by Pedro Flores. This version, sung by Oscar D'León, appears on Maite's 2013 album Déjame Así.

03 febrero 2017

La canción de la semana #564

I'm sure you heard Safari by J Balvin, featuring Pharrell Williams and BIA. Last year, it peaked at no. 1 in Mexican and Spanish charts and I guess by now everybody has a right to be utterly sick of it. Its catchy kizomba-like rhythm and ridiculous Spanglish lyrics easily lends itself to parody, such as Ella es robusta by Werevertumorro.

21 enero 2017

La canción de la semana #562

Exactly three months ago, when Lila Downs posted this song on YouTube, I hesitated to add it to this blog. Frankly, I was hoping that within a month it won't be relevant any longer. But, alas, it is, very much. With Women's March on Washington and Sister Marches under way, I can't think of a better soundtrack for this day.

Lila Downs — El Demagogo