25 enero 2009

La canción de la semana #155

"If there is one place in the world that can be credited for giving birth to the musical phenomenon of salsa, it is Spanish Harlem". So opens this review of Spanish Harlem Orchestra published by Australian webzine Diaspora World Beat. This week's song is En El Tiempo del Palladium — a tribute to the famous Manhattan’s Palladium Ballroom, "the home of the mambo" — from SHO's 2007 album United We Swing.


11 enero 2009

La canción de la semana #153

I can't think of any better performer to start this year with than my absolute favourite singer Lila Downs. This week's song is Ojo de Culebra from her recent album, Shake Away/Ojo de Culebra, where she is joined by La Mari from Chambao. (To explain the double name: the album also features the English version of the same song, Shake Away.)