Jenny & The Mexicats – Mar Abierto (Mexicat Records, 2017)
Globetrotting mestizo music band Jenny & The Mexicats has a new album titled Mar Abierto (Open Sea). The multinational group is led by British vocalist and trumpet player Jenny Ball. Originally based in Madrid, the band later moved to Mexico.
Mar Abierto includes catchy Spanish and English-language songs featuring flamenco rumba, pop, cumbia, reggae, merengue, swing, son veracruzano and pop influences. The English-language set includes Jeny’s neo-soul vocals.
The lineup includes Jenny Ball (UK) on vocals, trumpet and guitar; David González Bernandos (Spain) on percussion and vocals; Alfonso Acosta “Pantera” (Mexico) on guitar and vocals; and Luis Díaz “Icho” (Mexico) on bass.
With Mar Abierto, Jenny & The Mexicats demonstrate that it’s one of the most exciting roots music acts currently based in Mexico.
Spanish Gypsy rumba singer Pedro Pubill Calaf, better known as Peret, was born March 24, 1935 in Mataró (near Barcelona), Spain.
In 1957, Peret recorded his first singles with one or two songs on each side. Since then, year after year, he gave the Spanish public dance floor hits, even before the traditional ‘summer song’ existed. In the late 1960s he moved to Madrid, where he became a sensation.
Gypsy rumba songs like “Borriquito como tú”, one of the songs most widely translated from Spanish, went around the whole world, and now remains in the collective memory of Latin music.
Peret was the Spanish representative at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974.
International artists like Tom Jones, Paul Anka, Rafaella Carrá, David Byrne, Sargento García, El Gran Silencio and Spanish artists such as Lola Flores, Los Amaya, El Pescaílla, Joan Manuel Serrat, Joaquín Sabina, Julio Iglesias, Estopa, Jarabe de Palo, Ojos de Brujo, Macaco, Amparanoia, Raimundo Amador, Kiko Veneno and Muchachito Bombo Infierno, are some of the many artists who recorded Peret’s songs or who performed with him.
His album Que levante el dedo is a social chronicle that describes, in song, the faces of women from the street today. Peret, with more than 70 years of experience behind him, had an objective: to revive the essence of the rumba for future generations.
Peret passed away on August 27, 2014
Peret 1967 (Discophon, 1967)
Rumba pa’ti (Discophon, 1968)
Una lágrima 1968 (Vergara, 1968)
Lamento gitano 1969 (Discophon, 1969)
Gipsy Rumbas (Discophon, 1969)
Canta para el cine (Vergara, 1970)
Borriquito (Ariola, 1971)
Una lágrima 1972 (Ariola, 1972)
Mi santa (Ariola, 1973)
Lo mejor de Peret (Ariola, 1974)
Peret y sus gitanos (Emi, 1974)
Canta y sé feliz (Ariola, 1974)
Saboreando (Ariola, 1978)
Lágrimas negras (Ariola, 1978)
El joven Peret (CBS, 1979)
El jilguero (Belter, 1980)
De cap a la palla (Belter, 1981)
De coco a la paja (Belter, 1981)
No se pué aguantar (PDI, 1991)
Gitana Hechicera (PDI, 1992)
Rumbas de la clausura (PDI, 1992)
Cómo me gusta (PDI, 1993)
Que disparen flores (PDI, 1995)
Jesús de Nazareth (PDI, 1996) Rey de la Rumba (Virgin, 2000)
Que levante el dedo (K Industria Cultural, 2007) De los cobardes nunca se ha escrito nada (Universal Music, 2009)
Madrid-based band Canteca de Macao was founded in 2003 and has caused a stir in international music circles in recent years with its wild blend of flamenco, Gypsy rumba, rock, reggae, ska, salsa and jazz. One of Spain’s most popular live acts, the group makes each performance into an exciting and joyful party. Canteca de Macao’s concerts include music, dance and sometimes jugglers.
Canteca de Macao was started around 2003 when several musicians from Spain, Venezuela and Chile got together to perform at Madrid’s popular flea market, El Rastro. The nine-piece band recorded a self-produced first album titled Cachai, which sold 4,000 exclusively at concerts. To promote the album, Canteca de Macao toured throughout Spain and the rest of Europe.
The band’s line-up in 2009 included Ana Saboya “Anita Kuruba”, Álvaro Melgar (‘Azelga’), Isidoro Lora-Tamayo (‘Chiki’), Danilo Montoya, Guillermo Martínez Yusta, Juan Tomás Martínez París (‘Juancho’), Pablo Carretero, Javier Rodríguez de Zuloaga (‘Zulo’) and Rodrigo ‘El Niño’ Díaz.
In 2013, to celebrate its 10th anniversary, Canteca de Macao released a music video each month featuring its greatest hit s and new songs. A tour followed.
The band released a CD + DVD titled Una Década that features its greatest hits accompanied by some of the leading mestizo and flamenco crossver acts in Spain: Chico Ocaña, Amparo Sánchez, El Canijo de Jerez, Alamedadosoulna, Juan Manuel Montilla (Langi), and Dremen.
In 2015, Canteca de Maca released “Lugares Comunes.” The band featured new songs composed by Chiki and Anita. The lineup in 2016 features Ana Saboya, “Anita”; Isidoro Lora-Tamayo, “Chiki“; Javier Rodríguez de Zuloaga “Zulo“; Rodrigo Ulises Díaz, “El Niño“; Carlos Leal Valladares; bassist Yago Salorio; and keyboardist Rubén García Motos.