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If you are just getting into Latin music, the following list features some of the most memorable albums ever produced in Latin music. From Mana's Donde Jugaran Los Niños to Juan Luis Guerra's Bachata Rosa, each one of these works left a permanent imprint in the making of Latin music. Let's take a look.

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A Last Thought...

Saturday February 1, 2014

My time with About.com has come to an end, and I have to say I am sad for leaving the Latin music site after three wonderful years where I had the opportunity to enjoy one of the most fulfilling professional experiences of my life. I would like to thank all of you for embracing the content I produced on behalf of this site. Whether you were an artist, a journalist, a promoter or just a Latin music fan, I absolutely loved the interaction and exchange of ideas I had with you.

To be honest, I did not want to write a farewell note in this blog. I am not really good at these things. However, a couple of comments I got this week inspired me to write this short note. By telling me how much they like my content, these people reminded me of how often I used to receive those kinds of compliments. Because of this, I felt it was just fair to send out this big reply of gratitude to each person who supported and enjoyed this site for the past three years.

That said, I hope you guys keep enjoying and supporting Latin music. If you used to follow me on Facebook, Twitter and/or Google+, I will continue to use those accounts so keep in touch. Thanks a lot and... Que Viva La Musica Latina!

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Exploring The Sounds of Javier Moreno's 'La Rumba Del Emigrante'

Monday January 27, 2014

To be honest, I am just discovering the music of Javier Moreno. However, it is never late to discover good music. That said, this is just a short post to invite you to explore the music of this talented singer and songwriter from Barcelona. In particular, I would like to invite you to listen to his 2013 album La Rumba Del Emigrante, a wonderful production where Rumba Flamenca meets Brazilian music, Ranchera and Cuban Son.

Besides having a great sound, La Rumba Del Emigrante offers a nice representation of different issues ranging from immigration and political corruption to jealousy and love. If you want to stay away from the repetitive sounds of mainstream music, you need check out the refreshing music of Javier Moreno.

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Spin Magazine Premieres First Single from Ana Tijoux's Upcoming Album

Tuesday January 21, 2014

After taking the world by storm with her album La Bala, one of the best Latin music albums of 2012, the popular Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux is back with new music. Spin Magazine has just premiered "Vengo," the first single from the highly anticipated album of one of today's most celebrated Urban artists in Latin music. The new album, named after the premiered single, will hit the stores on March 18.

Apart from that, Ana Tijoux is getting ready to hit the road soon with upcoming shows at the SXSW Festival and different venues across California. The following are the dates, cities and venues of her upcoming tour:

Ana Tijoux - Tour Dates 2014:

  • Mar. 13-16 - Austin, TX - SXSW Festival.
  • Mar. 19 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent.
  • Mar. 21 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echoplex.
  • Mar. 23 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah.
  • Mar. 28 - Mexico City - VIVE Latino.
  • Mar. 30 - Santiago, Chile - Lollapalooza.

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An Exclusive Interview with The Lucky Diaz and The Family Jam Band

Monday January 20, 2014

As far as children's music goes, we all know the timeless appeal of classic songs such as "The Wheels On The Bus," "Fingers, Nose and Toes" and "Yankee Doodle." While those songs will probably continue to thrive for generations to come, there is a rising movement of artists who are creating excellent music for kids today.

One of the most exciting names in this field is Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, a group honored last year at the Latin Grammy Awards with the Best Children's Album of the Year award. The band, whose groovy sound and style could fit into something I would like to call Alternative music for kids, took home that trophy thanks to the album Fantastico, a refreshing work featuring a great sound and a didactic experience where kids are exposed to Spanish language in a fun way. If you want to find out more about this band and its music, make sure to check out my exclusive interview with Lucky Diaz. Definitely, a nice conversation to have in this golden age of children's music.

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