Category Archives: Latin

Fanny Lu feat. Joey Montana – Mujeres

This song could have been a summer hit if it had been launched a little later. Colombian multi-talent Fanny Lú (she is a singer-songwriter, actress, mother and industrial engineer) has joined forces with Joey Montana from Panama. Both artists are entirely in their comfort zones with this poppy merengue hit. The lyrics have a feminist edge but the tune is too happy to even bother. Here it is:

Elvis Crespo – One Flag

Two weeks ago merengue-star Elvis Crespo has released his 10th studio album, One Flag. It can be claimed that the Latin Grammy Award-winning  singer’s fame is still attributable to his first single, Suavemente – the merengue counterpart of Aventura’s Obsession. However, the American-born Puerto Rican artist is able to exceed this previous success with this new CD.

2013.12.28 Elvis Crespo - One Flag

The most sticky songs on the album are featured: Pegaito Suevecito featuring Fito Blanko from Panama and Sopa De Caracol featuring the popular American-Cuban Pitbull. No Hay Compromiso, among with the majority of the other songs on the album, has those typical pounding merengue beats indeed without concessions.

This album is another example of the trend that, with the increasingly prominent presence of uptempo electronic beats, different latin and caribbean genres such as reggaeton, merengue and dancehall are mingling together into a new blend of urban latin pop. Bembe De Infieles is the best example of this.

Prince Royce – Invisible

Why not post a melodramatic but beautiful bachata song after being DJ in the bachata/kizomba room of a salsa party last night?

Prince Royce (Geoffrey Royce Rojas), born in New York but of Dominican heritage, now has 3 albums behind his name. He follows in the footsteps of Romeo Santos (Aventura), who has also been successful in popularizing bachata music.

His third album (Soy El Mismo, released on October 8) features several solid and self-written songs with a lot of hit potential. The name of Prince Royce has definitively been established in the bachata scene and he can be assured of greater numbers of screaming girls at his concerts.

Juan Luis Guerra – En Vivo

Juan Luis Guerra - Rotterdam
Saturday the 12th of October I had the privilege to attend the ‘ASonDeGuerra’ tour in Rotterdam. Although a slightly expensive and dutiful performance from Juan Luis Guerra, I could not have missed out.

The king of merengue nearly played for 2 hours, featuring his latest album complemented by a lot of hit-songs (aren’t they all?): A Pedir Su ManoLa BilirrubinaFrío Frío, Ojalá Que Llueva CaféLa Travesia, Para Ti, Como Yo and La Guagua. Together with a large band and bespoke video-animations to each song, a solid performance was put down. Among the merengue, bachata and salsa tunes, two songs were transcending the others in my personal opinion: El Niagara en Bicicleta and the duet Como Abeja al Panal.

The latin-ish crowd and good DJ’s prior to the show made it an excellent night to move your feet and sing along. If only there were more songwriters such as Juan Luis Guerra.

Marc Anthony – 3.0

Undeniably, the ultimate Latin album release this summer was  Marc Anthony’s comeback on the 23rd of July. Although the name 3.0 suggests another rebirth of the widely loved Puerto Rican celebrity, it is the same Marc Anthony on top of his salsa game.

When you are into the salsa scene, you have definitely heard most of the album on the dance floor already: the strong melodies, the decent build-up of songs, the vivid horn and piano sections, and the deep emotive vocals.
Releasing Vivir Mi Vida as the first single had been a safe choice, but you’ll find songs like Volver A Commenzar, Flor Palida and Espera much more musical. That being said, it’s a shame the 10th and last track had to be a repulsive mix of the hit single. The only blemish on the album, really.

If Marc Anthony’s melodramatic voice fits your taste, this album is likely to surpass your favorite covers on El Cantante.