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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Spanglish Fly: Ay Que Boogaloo!

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Jonathan Goldman sure seems like one interesting dude. An Associate Professor at New York Institute of Technology, Goldman edited the seminal study Joyce and the Law (University of Florida Press, 2017) and leads one of the most famous reading groups for one of Joyce's most infamous works, Ulysses. And as lead trumpet and bandleader for New ...

ARTICLE: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

Heartbeats Full of Soul

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Nicola Conte & Spiritual Galaxy
Let Your Light Shine On
MPS
2018

One of the best parts of Let Your Light Shine On is how it plucks out musical threads from throughout the galaxy (more on that later) and knits them together into truly groovy, soulful cloth. But ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Spanglish Fly: New York Boogaloo

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Even down to its very sound, “boogaloo" is a curious word that represents a curiously Latin American music, born during the 1960s immigration wave that spread from Puerto Rico into New York City and simultaneously growing like a friendly weed in and around the pop, soul, rock, and jazz musical cultures that were blooming throughout the ...

ARTICLE: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

From Sea to Shining Sea: Music Central to South and Latin America

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Aguankó
Invisible
Aguankó Music
2015

In 2012, conguero and composer Alberto Nacif, a Mexican native transplanted in Michigan, brought together some of the area's most skilled Afro-Cuban and Latin musicians to form Aguankó. Their small ensemble with a large Latin jazz sound herewith follows up their self-produced 2013 debut Elemental ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Joaquin "Joe" Claussell Taking "Africa Caribe" on the Road

Joaquin "Joe" Claussell Taking "Africa Caribe" on the Road

Joaquin “Joe" Claussell does not need much of an introduction amongst the dance music aficionados. Be it as a DJ, a remix producer, a record label head (Sacred Rhythm, Spiritual Life), or even a record store manager/owner (Dance Tracks), he's been deeply involved in New York's and the international dance scene since way before it was ...

NEWS: RECORDING

"Hammock House": "Africa Caribe" Produced & Mixed by Joaquin "Joe" Clausell

"Hammock House": "Africa Caribe" Produced & Mixed by Joaquin "Joe" Clausell

Fania Records announced the release of a deluxe 2-disc set entitled Hammock House 'Africa Caribe' produced and mixed by the legendary Joaquin “Joe" Claussell. The project is a perfect marriage between old and new, a fresh take on classic sounds from the Fania archives. Late last year, Fania Records hand delivered the original multi-tracks (recording tapes) ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Joe Cuba: A Man & His Music--El Alcalde del Barrio

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Exhaustive and exhausting (because you won't be able to stop dancing), A Man & His Music--El Alcalde del Barrio presents the first major retrospective of the 240 albums recorded by Joe Cuba, the Father of Latin boogaloo, and was released in February 2010 to commemorate the one year anniversary of his passing.

Gilberto Navarro was ...

Sing it Out to Swing it Out!

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Through samples and loops, vocalese accompaniment within a chorus, harmony behind a verse, or a featured vocalist singing standard verses and choruses, the human voice brings a warm commonality to music from almost every space and time, including these six new and recent releases.

Joe Cuba
A Man & His Music--El Alcalde ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Fania Records Presents "Joe Cuba: El Alcalde Del Barrio" (2xcd) out February 23

Fania Records Presents "Joe Cuba:  El Alcalde Del Barrio" (2xcd) out  February 23

FANIA ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF A DELUXE 2-DISC 34-TRACK BOX SET OF THE LATE LEGENDARY JOE CUBA: A MAN AND HIS MUSIC: EL ALCALDE DEL BARRIO

New York, NY -- Fania Records announcedthe release of a deluxe 2-disc, 34-track box set of the father of Latin Boogaloo, Joe Cuba. This release is scheduled for February ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Joe Cuba NYC Salsa Band Leader Dies

Joe Cuba NYC Salsa Band Leader Dies

Salsa band leader Joe Cuba, dubbed the “Father of Latin Boogaloo" for weaving a fluid, bilingual mix of musical influences, died Sunday in New York City, a member of his group said. He was 78.

The musician, a friend and contemporary of the late salsa giant Tito Puente, died from complications of a persistent bacterial infection ...