Category Archives: Salsa

SONG OF THE DAY Los Kintos – Idioma Criollo

I press play, this song starts and I swear everything turns technicolour and the stress just fades away!! Replaced by rainbows and sunbeams, Los Kintos are bringers of joy!! I welcome these moments! Forming sometime in the late 1960’s, Los … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Ray Barretto – Together

I love how the room comes alive and burns with sonic fire when you switch a bit of Ray Barretto on!! He’s electric! Legendary percussionist Raymond Barretto, a.k.a Ray Barretto, was proficient in a wide variety of Latin musical styles as … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Ray Fernandez – Soul Freedom

Ray & his Court are a family of musicians led by composer, arranger, organist and flutist, Ray Hernandez. Hailing from Miami, they were still playing together in the early 2000’s, more than 30 years after they emerged on on the … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Johnny Colon – Merecumbe

Known and celebrated for his contributions to the boogaloo sounds of the 1960’s, Johnny Colon is an American musician born in ‘El Barrio’ New York City to parents of Puerto Rican heritage.  A multi-instrumentalist, he is a singer, bandleader, arranger, … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Ray Barretto – Mercy, Mercy, Baby

Legendary percussionist Raymond Barretto, a.k.a Ray Barretto, was proficient in a wide variety of Latin musical styles as well as Latin jazz. Throughout his career he became one of the leading champions of boogaloo, a genre that rose up in … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Ray Barretto – Acid

The artist behind today’s dazzling tropical instrumental is something of a legend! Born Raymond Barretto in 1929, but known as Ray Barretto, this American-born bandleader of Puerto Rican ancestry was a highly talented percussionist!  Proficient in a wide variety of … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Willie Colon, Héctor Lavoe & Yomo Toro – La Murga

In 1968 a band formed in New York City and little did they realise at the time just how much of an impact their music would have!  Named The Fania All-Stars, this musical group formed as a showcase for the … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Cal Tjader – Soul Sauce (Guacha Guaro)

The coolest soothing sounds blasted out from a radio show today and it felt like this piece of music had tuned right into my mood! I love it how different music on different days can resonate in so many different … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Star Band de Dakar – Guajira Ven

Sunday’s are for slowing down and taking things easy, so today I have hopefully found the perfect song to ease away any stresses and bring about some calm escapism. Originally formed to celebrate Senegal’s independence in 1960, Star Band de Dakar … Continue reading

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SONG OF THE DAY Hector Rivera – Pa’ que lo puedan gozar

Who doesn’t feel completely energised when confronted with a barrage of glistening horns firing at you from a lively loaded latino salsa funk song such as this!!!??? Originally released on Latin pianist, composer, arranger, bandleader and producer, Hector Rivera’s 1970 … Continue reading

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