Música en mi primer idioma: Willie Colón.

Música en mi primer idioma: Willie Colón.

Musician, composer, arranger, singer, trombone player, political and social activist and above all: salsero! Idilio-Willie Colón William Anthony Colón Román was born on April 28th, 1950 in the Bronx to Puerto Rican parents and grandparents. He started playing the trumpet from a very young age, later switching to the trombone. When he was only 15 years old, he signed to Fania Records and by the time he was 17 he already had recorded his first album, selling more than 300,000 copies. (To this day, he still holds, with Rubén Blades, the record in sales in the genre having sold more than 30 Read more »

Música en mi primer idioma: Juan Gabriel – In Memoriam

Música en mi primer idioma: Juan Gabriel – In Memoriam

On August 28th, 2016 Latin America´s heart broke. “Il Divo de Juarez”, “JuanGa”, Juan Gabriel, died of a heart attack while on Tour in the United States. I rang my mom at 10:30 p.m. when I heard the news, and I am still coming to terms with it. Hasta Que Te Conocí – Juan Gabriel  Juan Gabriel was the singer my mom and her friends listened to. A good singer, a great entertainer and a BRILLIANT songwriter, he taught my generation about love and heartbreak to through his songs and his voice and also unforgettable musical partnership with Rocio Durcal. This Read more »

Música en mi primer idioma: Café Tacuba

Música en mi primer idioma: Café Tacuba

México is a land of musicians galore, constantly supplying wonderful and innovative sounds and songs, but in the 1990´s there was a band who ruled undisputed over all others: Café Tacuba. The video that introduced me to the band was this one, María. Its the name of the band’s debut album, released by Warner Music México on july 28th, 1992. I remember it was such a different thing to what was making the rounds on MTV en Español at the time…I immediately loved it. Since the beginning, the band wanted to be faithful to their Mexican identity. The video stars Read more »

Música en mi primer idioma: Soda Stereo

Música en mi primer idioma: Soda Stereo

The Argentinean rock band Soda Stereo was the soundtrack for generations in the 80´s and 90´s all throughout Latin America, they were Latin rock´s first mega stars. Formed by guitarist/vocalist and Argentinean legend Gustavo Cerati (he deserves a solo post at some point), bass player Zeta Bosio and Charly Alberti on drums, the band was founded in 1982 and were clearly influenced by new wave music and bands like The Police, Television, Talking Heads and The Cure. This last band can be seen in their look, heard in their music and some people even considered Soda (as fans affectionately referred to them) a Read more »

Música en mi primer idioma: Fito Páez

Música en mi primer idioma: Fito Páez

Pianist, lyricist, singer, songwriter, film-maker and novelist Fito Paez has been around for more than 30 years and influenced Latin American music and the collective consciousness of me and my friends. “Al final lo que queda es abrazarse, confiar en el otro, amar y dejarse amar en medio de la balacera que es la vida.” The quote translates something like “In the end, what we have left is to hug each other, trust one another and let yourself be loved in the middle of this shoot out that is life”. Tumbas de la gloria – Fito Páez I remember the first Read more »