Pianist Harold Lopez-Nussa’s Chicago debut brings a fresh new take on Cuban Jazz to the Windy City.
We’re loving the selection of indie artists in this Latin Grammy category!
By Catalina Maria Johnson on September 9, 2016
The annual world music-avaganza is upon our city again, and our end-of-the-summer blues will be tempered by gorgeous weather and the promise of several weeks of international music from around the globe at dozens of venues indoor and out.
“As an African American growing up in the States, we live in a racial path where we’re not encouraged beyond our our own perceived cultural boundaries”, says Otura Mun, explaining why he took his first trip to Puerto Rico almost 20 years ago. That trip was the beginning of Otura Mun’s definitive relocation to the […]
By Catalina Maria Johnson on August 18, 2016
Latin Grammy 2015’s Best New Artist makes their Chicago debut!
By Catalina Maria Johnson on July 14, 2016
“That instant emotion, that thing that you feel with older people and artists mainly from the Caribbean … they used to have this passion that transmitted directly to the soul! I wanted to transmit that,” says Puerto Rican singer and composer Ileana Cabra Joglar, known by the artistic name of iLe. Acclaimed since she began […]
By Catalina Maria Johnson on July 7, 2016
“Modern recordings, especially salsa, it feels sterile. Everything is perfect but in a sort of unnatural way”, says Jacob Plasse, one of the founding members of New York City’s Los Hacheros, explaining that band’s approach to the classic Nyorican-Cuban genre. It all started in the late nineties, when he and other friends began playing with […]
Using words and tunes, Chicago’s Sones de Mexico Ensemble and Contratiempo illustrate the diversity of marvelously varied Mexico
By Catalina Maria Johnson on April 12, 2016
ZZK Records, pioneers of the musical movement that gave us amazing mash-ups of electronica and traditional roots music from South America are preparing to delve deep into the Andes, Amazon, and Pacific coast, mantric, profound and sacred music by launching a new imprint: AYA Records. ZZK is starting with Ecuador but their vision extends to encompass the entire Latin American continent. Today, AYA […]
By Catalina Maria Johnson on April 8, 2016
When we heard the announcement that Nortec would be collaborating in the music for Luzia, Cirque de Soleil’s new show, we could barely contain our excitement. Cirque du Soleil’s upcoming Big Top production LUZIA features original music by Canadian composer Simon Carpentier, and then passes it through the filter of the electro-pop of Nortec Collective’s Bostich + […]
By Catalina Maria Johnson on April 7, 2016
Las Cafeteras have been using their music to tell new and different stories about the Latin/Mexican American/Chicano community since they were formed in Los Angeles in 2008. They have become renowned for spectacular live shows, imbued with an energy that is fiercely compelling, as well as for their vibrant mash-up of son jarocho taken to the Los Angeles […]
By Catalina Maria Johnson on February 29, 2016
Almost 500 years ago in Veracruz, son jarocho was born in the fusion of African, indigenous and Spanish rhythms and melodies. These were also the times of the great Gaspar Yanga, a warrior and founder of an independent enclave for escaped slaves, whom legends say was a member of the Royal Family of Gabon, Africa. A few […]