We are shocked and saddened to announce the death of the great Cuban conga player Miguel ‘Angá’ Díaz who died unexpectedly at his home in Barcelona on 9th August 2006, he was 45.Read more "Miguel ‘Angá’ Díaz 1961 – 2006"
A near faultless album and a creative statement of pan-African visionRead more "Louis Mhlanga – World Traveller"
DJ Jose Luis has been burning the candela at both ends bringing Londoners endless club nights, and now Latino London has its own show on Resonance FM featuring cutting-edge Latin sounds including reggaeton of course…Read more "¡Ay Candela! – The Latino Underground System in London"
The events of 1492 are surprisingly present for Maurice el Médioni. Up until his mother’s generation, the family still spoke the languages of El Andalus (Arabic and Spanish) in their home in Algeria. Some part of Maurice el Médioni was left behind in Spain when the Jews were expelled, just as 460 years later, he […]Read more "Maurice el Medioni – Bringing It All Back Home"
Soundway Records are best known for their crate-diggin’ compilations of African music. So can they pull off the same trick of releasing meticulously researched and beautifully re-mastered records but of a Latin tinge? ¡Claro que si!Read more "V/A – Panama! Latin, Funk and Calypso on the Isthmus 1965-75"
It’s official – Nigerian 2-Face Idibia tonight made music history by becoming the first artist to win the Best African Act award at the 2005 MTV Europe Music Awards in Lisbon. The award was created in 2005 to mark the addition of MTV base, MTV’s pan-African TV channel, to the MTV global television familyRead more "2-Face Idibia"
Fast and furiously catchy, LDA V The Lunatics blends punk, ska, cumbia, reggaeton, mariachi and revolutionary politics to provide a fresh new soundtrack for the anti-globalista generationRead more "Los de Abajo – LDA V The Lunatics"
Sue Steward continues rifling through the Fania back catalogue for Rough Guide; this time she brings us a fresh selection from the Mambo King himself Tito Puente. With over a hundred albums to choose from, getting down to 21 tracks is no mean feat and any selection will inevitably be partial but we are treated […]Read more "The Rough Guide to Tito Puente"
Compiler Lubi Jovanovich has done it again with a fine selection of surefire floor fillers from the past decade. The emphasis is on salsa dura — the tight-to-the-beat style that dancers everywhere favour — on this well-chosen selectionRead more "The Rough Guide to Salsa Dance: Second Edition)"
Their first album was a joyously fresh combination of elements that could get the dancefloor heaving at a moment’s notice. Ska, a form of dance hardwired into even the most stiff British legs met son (the form of dancing you most want to move along to — but without Ska Cubano’s help could not hitherto). […]Read more "Ska Cubano – ¡Ay Caramba!"