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Old 03-10-2010, 11:50 AM   #51 (permalink)
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Definitely try flamenco. It's subtle and passionate.

Pepe De Lucia, Duquende etc. There are many good singers if you like the style.
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Old 03-17-2010, 11:12 PM   #52 (permalink)
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I like to hear different types of music and the best is salsa.........
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Old 03-19-2010, 11:55 AM   #53 (permalink)
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I don't use to listen to flamenco music, but they say the best singer (or, at least, one of the best) was Camarón de la Isla. I've recently heard that his recordings are being remastered. Flamenco experts say he had an exceptional voice, but it can't be fully appreciated in some recordings from the 70's. So now they are improving the sound quality.



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I like to hear different types of music and the best is salsa.........
I don't use to listen to salsa either, but I know it was very popular in Spain about 20-15 years ago. I remember Dominican Juan Luis Guerra.


Coming back to pop and rock, I've thought that maybe you are interested in the most recent stuff. The current production is not as good as that from the 80's and early 90's. However, there are some nice things. Some of my favorites:

Nena Daconte (actually is a duo). Have become famous for Idiota and En qué estrella estará ("In Which Star Could He Be"):



The lyrics of the second one (translation here) are about a young who suffers a miscarriage, and the moan for her lost baby. It's a short but intense song.

Amaral (a duo too) is one of the present most known bands. Two of their hits (translations here and here):



Pereza (a duo once again, but in this case both members are guys). Pop-rock. I like their guitar sound:



(Princesas' translation here)

El Canto del Loco is currently one of the most succesful bands. Although in general they're not so good to me, I think they have a few notable songs, like these two.


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Old 03-19-2010, 01:32 PM   #54 (permalink)
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Ramon Ayala, Los Tucanes De Tijuana
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Old 03-21-2010, 09:17 AM   #55 (permalink)
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La Bamba by Ritchie Valens, obviously!
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Old 03-21-2010, 05:40 PM   #56 (permalink)
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It's true, we forgot Valens and Los Lobos! The very very first one in Latin Rock:



In fact, we haven't mentioned the 60's. Although there were some good musicians, Rock in Spanish was not yet so massively succesful as is today. Except, perhaps, in Argentina. Los Beatniks and Los Gatos:




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Old 03-31-2010, 07:19 AM   #57 (permalink)
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And what about the 70's? For instance, Los Diablos: Un rayo de sol ("A sunray", 1970), Mi talismán ("My Talisman", 1973):



Sha la la la la, oh, oh, oh,
A sunray, oh, oh, oh
brought me your love, oh, oh, oh...


Fórmula V (Eva María, Cuéntame, Vacaciones de verano) and Nino Bravo (Un beso y una flor, América, Libre) were famous too, in both sides of the Atlantic:



Libre ("Free", 1972) is dedicated to Peter Fechter:

"(...)
Free
Like the sun at daybreak
I'm free as the sea
Like the bird who escaped from his prison
and finally can fly
Like the wind that takes my moan and my sorrow
I walk without a rest
behind the truth
and I will know, at last, what freedom is
(...)
"

The song became famous again 12 years ago because of this cover.


And the Argentines, always in the vanguard, making awesome rock music. These are big names: Manal, Pappo, Vox Dei and Pescado Rabioso. Speak for themselves:




Presente ("Present", 1970) and Despiértate, nena ("Wake up, Baby", 1972):



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Manu Chao hands down. He sings in spanish, portugese, french, english, arabic, and a language found in Senegal by the names of "wolof".
He blends a wide variety of world beats to his music, which definitely cannot be defined in one category.







Just recently got into him. His live albums are by far superior to his studio albums, but both are phenomenal.
You should also check out the band he formed with his brother and cousin before he went solo... Mano Negra.



Hope this helps!!
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I don't know a whole lot, but you can try Yuri Buenaventura (Salsa), and Ivy Queen (Rap).
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Old 04-29-2010, 05:37 PM   #60 (permalink)
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In the last weeks I've been listening to more recent music. And I have to recognize that I've found very good things. Maybe I was wrong before. The present outlook of the Spanish-language music is not as bad as I thought. Probably the boom of musical creativity of the 80's and early 90's will never happen again, but at least now there is some fresh air, some talented and interesting young bands. These are my favourites (I think you will like them too):

* Sidonie, an indie pop and rock band from Barcelona. In 2005 they published the psychedelic album Fascinado ("Fascinated"), and two years later Costa Azul ("French Riviera"):



♫ "(...)
You drive me so
fa-fa-fa-fa... fascinated
(...)
" ♪

And last year, El incendio ("The Blaze"). Here, the homonymous song and En mi garganta ("In my Throat"). Regarding the second one, at least you should know how to say "I love you" in Spanish: "Te quiero". So c'mon, sing:



(lyrics and translations here and here)


* Vetusta Morla, from Madrid. A great, great band, in my opinion. For the moment they have released only one album, but it contains 12 wonderful songs. They could become the "Spanish Radiohead" in the future. Deep and complex lyrics, often metaphorical and difficult to understand at the first time. But their music conveys intense feelings too. I can't explain it, but it's something that I only have experienced in a very few occasions before (for instance, listening to Infinite Universes by Love of Lesbian). I think I should translate all their lyrics (someone has to do it, and in the absence of something better...), but for now you can read When Breathing (here) and Copenhagen (here):




* For the fans of electropop, Dorian, from Barcelona. Good music and lyrics (I'd like to translate some of them too). Examples: La tormenta de arena ("The Sandstorm") and Paraísos artificiales ("Artificial Paradises"). They've made two respective videoclips as if they were chapters from a tale (two teenagers cause storms every time they kiss each other):



♫ "(...)
I've got a map of the abyss
written in a song
and an opened black hole
in my heart.
But when you appear,
pain vanishes.
And I don't need anyone else
because I know that,
as every night,
both you and me will get lost,
looking for an artificial paradise.
(...)
" ♫


Other nice (imo) recent songs:

* Babasónicos: Risa ("Laughter").
* Pignoise (yes, that's the name): Estoy enfermo ("I'm Sick"), Te entiendo ("I Understand You").
* Deluxe: Adiós, corazón ("Goodbye, Sweetheart").
* Lori Meyers (yes, like the NOFX's song): Luces de neón ("Neon Lights").

So there's still hope...
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