Dr. James Hayes-Bohanan, Geographer
Updated January 30, 2008
site has separate pages for Brazil,
Cuba, and Texas/Mexico. This is the page for great music from
other parts of Latin America, from no single part, or from other places
(Europe or Africa) with a Latin connection.
Amor pa ti
Un poquito quema'o
Some call this album from Paris the ultimate world music CD -- incredible fusion of many of the other styles mentioned on these pages. The final track, "Jumpi" (read lyrics) makes explicit reference to many of the influences of this Spanish/French group. The video includes some great rumba at the end!
Read Matt Cibula's review of the CD.
I define Latin America very broadly, and like some other scholars, I now consider Cape Verde to be the easternmost part of it. Musically, the connections between Africa and Brazil pass right through this island nation. My Cape Verdean friends and students tend to agree that Cesaria -- who freqents both Brazil and Boston -- is the top artist. Listen to "Beijo Roubado" (Stolen Kiss); it is like velvet.
|I have some experience in Eastern Europe that makes me quite interested in the gypsy punk of Gogol Bordello. News flash: My latest Gogol Bordello purchase, the EP entitled East Infection, actually includes a cover -- in Spanish -- of Mala Vida, and old Manu Chao song. The world just keeps shrinking!|
The Soul of BlackPeru
Azuca de Cana
|| Music of the Andes
The EMI Hemisphere label is one of the first corprate world music labels, and it is a good place to find standards, such as "El Condor Pasa," pan-pipe music made famous by Simon and Garfunkel.
My Paraguayan Song
| Note to educators: This web site is
a supplement to live presentations that I have enjoyed presenting for
college audiences, teacher training, and K-12 assemblies. Please
contact me to discuss the possibilities of a presentation at your
school, conference, or university. My collection of resources is much larger than that presented
here; I can customize a
presentation to suit
your group's needs.
Dr. James Hayes-Bohanan