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 »

Unsung Figures No.9: Fred Neil

Unsung Figures No.9: Fred Neil

The latest post in this series looks at the life and career of an enigmatic and influential figure who shunned fame and instead devoted much of his life to the conservation of his favourite animal. Some musicians seek fame but never find it, others have fame thrust reluctantly upon them; others sail within touching distance of lasting recognition only to have it snatched away by fate or circumstance. And then you have musicians who neither seek nor find it, and for whom the only thing that matters is the music, and who see fame for the fickle and empty mistress Read more »

New Reels: “Drinkee” by Sofi Tukker

New Reels: “Drinkee” by Sofi Tukker

The tune that Apple made famous finally gets a video of its own… We at MVD first heard this track last year, Shazam-ing it in a Liverpool clothes shop after it had made us both nod our heads in approval. Turns out it had also been doing the rounds in this Apple watch commercial and thus also getting it’s earworm guitar hook in to people’s heads that way. Since then the New York based duo – Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern – have released two more singles: Matadora and Hey Lion both of which feature influences from South America amongst Read more »