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Miramar: Dedication To Sylvia Rexach

Read "Dedication To Sylvia Rexach" reviewed by James Nadal


The modern Latin-American bolero (romantic ballad) of Spanish heritage, originated from the Cuban trova. Mexico influenced the genre with numerous prolific trios recording boleros, gaining an international audience. Its popularity spread with the development of cinema and phonograph records, reaching a zenith between the 1930's and 1960's. Puerto Rico was not immune to this musical phenomenon, and during the 1950's, Sylvia Rexach became the island's prominent interpreter of boleros. Though dying in 1961 at age 39, she has garnered an ...

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Chico Trujillo: Reina de Todas Las Fiestas

Read "Reina de Todas Las Fiestas" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


As the late 1990s transitioned into the early 2000s, in the small Chilean town called Villa Aleman, singer Aldo “Macha" Asenjo and other members of the local punk-ska group LaFloripondio would gather around and jam for fun on old classics from the Chilean and Columbian cumbia traditions. After fifteen years, six albums, and a few world tours together as Chico Trujillo, the band remains true to these roots: Their newest title, Reina de Todas Las Fiestas, translates as The Queen ...

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Banda de los Muertos: Banda de los Muertos

Read "Banda de los Muertos" reviewed by Matt Marshall


It is common practice among groups that play Sinaloan banda music--a style that emerged from small village brass bands in Northwestern Mexico after the Revolution, typically featuring a few clarinets, trumpets, trombones and saxhorns, plus a tuba, snare drum and tambora--to link their name to their place of origin. Thus we get Banda El Recodo and La Arrolladora Banda El Limón, two of the music's most popular groups. This village association, and the broader regional identity of the music, is ...

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Sanda Weigl: Gypsy in a Tree

Read "Gypsy in a Tree" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose


Anyone who has lived the myriad lives of the Diaspora as Sanda Weigl has, is qualified to speak for the generations of pain and joy, torture and triumph of human life that has come to pass for her people, and the Gypsies as well. Fleeing the repressive regime of Romania and falling afoul of the even more dictatorial post-war East Germany, she was jailed, gagged and just about forced to live the Gypsy life herself, until she left Europe altogether. ...

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Various Artists: The Roots of Chicha Volume 2: Psychedelic Cumbias from Peru

Read "The Roots of Chicha Volume 2: Psychedelic Cumbias from Peru" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


The modern tradition of cumbia music in Peru goes back to the 1960s. But in the 1970s, cumbia began to be known as “chicha," the name for an alcoholic drink of which the Incas were famously fond, and cumbia and chicha both somehow became associated with the poor and downtrodden living in Peruvian slums--ghetto music. Following up Barbes' 2007 release The Roots of Chicha Volume 1, Volume 2 delivers chicha from Los Destellos' founder and guitarist Enrique Delgado, ...

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Sanda: Gypsy in a Tree

Read "Gypsy in a Tree" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


Try as they might, the world's greatest instrument makers have yet to create anything that comes close to the beauty, joy or emotional intensity of the human voice. If this sounds like a somewhat contentious statement, then Gypsy In A Tree--a follow-up to Gypsy Killer (Knitting Factory Works, 2002)--should provide sufficient evidence, in the form of Sanda Weigl's dramatically evocative vocal interpretations of Roma songs from her childhood homeland. Sanda, as she is known professionally, sings these ...

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Sanda Weigl: Gypsy in a Tree

Read "Gypsy in a Tree" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Romanian singer Sanda Weigl's story is a harrowing one that spans the full length of the Cold War, from pre-Ceausescu Romania to communist East Berlin to West Berlin before arriving most recently in New York City, at a time when many Gotham musicians were investigating Eastern European influences in Western music, making her expertise in Gypsy music immediately popular. A lifelong fan of Romanian Gypsy music, Weigl drank deep from all its influences, pouring her lifetime of musical and political ...


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