New York, USA – Putumayo’s latest compilation is Nuevo Latino. In the 1990s, the term “Nuevo Latino” was coined to describe a new type of cuisine that blends ingredients from Latin America, Europe and the U.S. to create an exciting and original fusion. A similar blend has occurred in the music world. Young
artists from the Americas and beyond have used a stock of Latin rhythms, portions of alternative rock, reggae and electronica, spiced with local languages, rhythms and instruments to create a flavorful musical stew.
In this new Latin music, hints of Cuban son, Brazilian bossa nova, Argentinean tango, Colombian cumbia can be heard alongside touches of contemporary blues, loungy surf music, ragamuffin, trip-hop and hip-hop. The combination reflects the multicultural influences guiding a new generation of
Nuevo Latino features the Cuban soul of singer and songwriter Raul Paz, Mexican musical and cultural revolutionaries Los de Abajo and newcomer Federico Aubele, who presents subtle remixes of tango from his native Argentina. The inspired guitar of Spanish superstar Jarabe De Palo reveals the deep influence of blues on their music.
New York band Mosquitos offers a blend of pop and bossa nova.The multicultural background of London-based Kad Achouri is reflected in his music. French/Spanish singer Sergent Garcia’s mix of Cuban salsa, Jamaican reggae and ragamuffin have earned him worldwide fame.
Nuevo Latino also features Acida, an Argentinean husband and wife duo that perform loungy Latin music. Spanish singer songwriter Javier Álvarez, who was discovered singing in Madrid’s subways, is featured as our Colombian alternative rockers Aterciopelados. The collection is closed out by Kana, a French reggae band with a Spanish lead singer.
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Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.