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Asian Influence On Puente’s Latin Jazz
2023-05-10 12:15
Some of Tito Puente’s music reflected the influence Asian culture had on him. As we celebrate Asian month in the US, it’s essential to recognize those influences and how they enr… Read More
No Cowbells At Día Nacional De La Zalsa
2023-03-17 10:01
When I saw this video explaining why you shouldn’t play the cowbell in concerts, I immediately thought of those that do it at the Día Nacional de la Zalsa. He provides 5 reasons… Read More
Tito Nieves And The Teleprompter
2023-03-10 10:49
In the recent “Premios lo Nuestro” homage to Victor Manuelle, Tito Nieves forgot the lyrics of the song he was performing on national TV due to a failed teleprompter. This trigge… Read More
Return Of Our Vinyl LPs
2023-01-09 12:29
This Christmas I gave my wife a record player as a gift, and we spent Día de Reyes enjoying the experience of listening to our vinyl LPs again. It was fantastic! The Vinyl LP Experien… Read More
The Tres Reyes Magos
2023-01-05 15:55
I love to see that the tradition of the Tres Reyes Magos is still alive even in the diaspora, and although it has lost a bit of its importance in terms of gifts, this tradition reinforces ou… Read More
Misa Jíbara: Legacy Of Pedro Escabí
2022-12-16 20:31
During the Christmas season, many Puerto Rican churches transform their hymns into jíbaro rhythms. We owe this modality of the Misa Jíbara to the late professor and folklorist… Read More
José Nogueras: Parrandas Will Prevail
2022-12-12 13:42
Parrandas are a source of inspiration for many of José Nogueras‘ songs. In our conversation with the singer-songwriter, producer, and author, we talked about the fact that altho… Read More
Eternally Pablo
2022-11-22 15:17
The first song I heard by Pablo Milanés was “Eternamente Yolanda” performed by the Puerto Rican “nueva trova” group Haciendo Punto en Otro Son. It was because… Read More
Puerto Rican Plena Still Strong
2022-11-15 12:40
As this week Puerto Rico commemorates its “discovery” by Columbus (November 19) in 1493, our folk rhythm of “Plena” is still going strong over a century after its ori… Read More
Grammy 2023 Voters: We Need Your Vote
2022-10-21 14:19
Calling all 2023 Grammy Award voters! The first round voting window closes this Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022. We want to encourage all eligible voters to cast their votes. Recording Academy Communi… Read More
Tito Puente’s Google Doodle
2022-10-12 00:45
I was thrilled today to see that Hispanic Heritage Month 2022 didn’t close without Google first recognizing another Latino; this time it was a Tito Puente Google Doodle. Tito Puente wa… Read More
Reflections On Bad Bunny
2022-09-26 16:11
I came across this article on social media and decided to share it. I am not a fan of Bad Bunny (Benito Martinez Ocasio) or most reggaetoneros, not so much for the rhythm but for the content… Read More
2022-06-21 13:49
WordPress (WP) just released their platform version 6.0 which they called “Arturo” in honor of Latin Jazz great Arturo O’Farrill. WP tends to name its releases after Jazz g… Read More
2022-06-18 22:01
I thought writing about Salsa songs for Father’s Day would be fair since I previously wrote about Salsa Songs for Mothers’ Day. I found a bunch of songs about father-son, but onl… Read More
2022-05-30 10:01
In the recent (May 2022) SalsaSwing concert in Puerto Rico, Rubén Blades may have hinted that he’s retiring from music. Or perhaps more specifically, from touring. Is Rub&eacute&hell…Read More
2022-05-26 13:23
Like everyone else in the music business, El Gran Combo was impacted at the start of the 2020 decade by the Covid-19 pandemic. And like several other artists, the band tried to make good use… Read More
2022-03-08 21:07
This year we commemorate 100 years of Sylvia Rexach‘s birthday, and what a better way to do it by highlighting her achievements on International Women’s Day. A True Latina Pionee… Read More
2021-12-31 13:46
This year 2021 has taken away several Latin Music artists. Especially several of the elite Salsa group, the Fania All-Stars of the ’70s. Here’s some of the departed in 2021: Janu… Read More
2021-12-05 11:31
My wife Ivonne found by serendipity a decorative figure of a black Santa Claus at a local Marshall’s store. There was something beautiful and special about this Black Santa that attrac… Read More
2021-11-14 10:01
Why is it that in Puerto Rico I only hear the Tunas Estudiantinas at Christmas time? I don’t know if the same thing happens in other countries. However, the other day I asked myself th… Read More
2021-11-03 18:10
If you want to experience new Salsa that sounds like Classic Salsa, then check out Willy Calderon’s “LA Impromtu“. The young Colombian musician, producer, pianist, and perc… Read More
2021-10-29 11:37
The Jazz / Latin Jazz album “Luz“, led and produced by Mauricio Rodriguez, was a delightful listening experience. The Cuban bassist and producer assembled a nice group of musicia… Read More
2021-10-18 13:22
The evolution of Salsa orchestrations during the ’70s dramatically increased its popularity and established it as a solid genre of popular music, not a passing craze. Salsa Music in th… Read More
A Market For Hybrid Concerts
2021-09-28 13:14
I believe that there is a market for Hybrid Concerts, where an artist performs in front of a (socially distanced and/or fully vaccinated) live audience and via streaming simultaneously. The… Read More
Viva Netflix’ “Vivo”
2021-08-09 12:06
Lin-Manuel Miranda did it again in Netflix “Vivo”, an animated story anchored in Latin music. In”Vivo”, Lin-Manuel gets a little help from his friends Gloria Este… Read More
2021-06-22 19:11
I’m finally able to say that I’m back blogging at Latino Music Café! It has been 6 months and I’m anxious to share my thoughts with you! Six Months of Hiatus… Read More
Too Early For In-person Concerts
2021-04-24 15:17
I believe, like most experts, that it’s too soon for in-person concerts. God knows we are tired of this quarantine which has now been going on for over a year. Note: I wrote a blog on… Read More
The Departed Of Latin Music 2020
2020-12-31 17:05
This year, 2020, has been a devastating year for all of us, and on top of it all, the departed were great contributors to our Latin music. I’ll make a brief review of those that depart… Read More
New Events Calendar For Virtual Concerts
2020-11-25 16:46
I’m glad to announce that Latino Music Café debuts a new Events Calendar to list the virtual concerts offered for Latin music fans. The idea is to list virtual events that will… Read More
2020-11-18 02:44
The list of nominees for the Latin Grammy 2020 Best Latin Jazz Album is really good this year. There are three well-known artists and two not-so-popular, but they are just as good nonetheles… Read More
Latin Grammy 2020: Best Salsa Album
2020-11-09 10:05
As always I like to look at the Latin Grammy 2020 nominees as a kind of recommendation list of best recordings to check out. I’ll start my Latin Grammy 2020 comments with the category… Read More
Cano Estremera’s Best Album
2020-10-31 10:05
Of course, it’s only my opinion, but to me, it’s clear that “Bobby Valentin Presenta a el Cano Estremera” was Cano’s best album of his career. Before Cano&rsquo&hell…Read More
NPR’s Alt Latino Podcast On Cumbia
2020-10-30 10:05
I like to share good content from where ever it comes, and I highly recommend NPR’s Alt. Latino podcast on Cumbia music. Insights on Cumbia Instruments used to play Cumbia. These have… Read More
Virtual Novenas For Cristo Negro
2020-10-20 21:05
This pandemic has changed the lives of all of us, including the devotees who this year will have to participate virtually in the “novenas” for the Cristo Negro of Portobelo. Virt… Read More
Simply Lalo Rodriguez
2020-10-12 21:06
I’m writing about Lalo Rodriguez‘s Salsa album “Simplemente Lalo” for two reasons; the album turns 40 and Lalo needs our support. For me, “Simplemente Lalo&rdqu&hell…Read More
Jerry Gonzalez’s Folkloric Experiment
2020-10-08 03:05
In the mid 1970’s when the Salsa boom was at its peak in New York, brothers Andy and Jerry Gonzalez decided to form a group to experiment with the folkloric roots of Salsa. But the rea… Read More
Festival Petronio Alvarez 2020 Online
2020-09-23 20:32
From September 22-27, 2020, the Petronio Alvarez Festival, held annually in Cali, Colombia, will be offered virtually online. You can participate in a great variety of activities and events… Read More
Rafael Muñoz; The Dictator Of Rhythm
2020-09-05 18:11
One day in 1934, Rafael Muñoz was playing the bass with his modest band at an event, when two executives approached him with a business proposition. They wanted him to lead the house… Read More
Remembering Eydie Gorme En Español
2020-08-22 12:33
To me Eydie Gormé represents one of the first artists to make a reverse cross-over, from the American market to the Latin American market. I say this in part for the great quality of… Read More
Hilario Duran: “The Cuban” Review
2020-07-12 13:30
Cuban-Canadian pianist Hiliario Duran released “The Cuban“, the soundtrack of the movie of the same name that provides a journey through Cuban music. “The Cuban” Musi… Read More
2020-06-15 13:30
As we observed the Martin Luther King, Jr. day, I reflected on two books I read recently which pointed out racism in Latin music. Is there still racism in Latin music? Note: I originally wro… Read More
Bronco Records Now In Streaming Services
2020-06-11 10:31
Bronco, the record label of legendary bassist, arranger, and bandleader Bobby Valentin, has now made their catalog available in streaming services. If you’re a fan of old Salsa, this i… Read More

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