During the year, so many artists come out with music that makes us laugh, cry, dance, and bring our spirits up. Music releases that energy within us to express ourselves and how we feel. Many new artists become world famous and unfortunately, some are just one hit wonders, but they made just enough impact that from time to time, you still listen to them.
As seen on Facebook or other social media, many news sources have their own ‘lists’ of what has been the ‘best of 2013’. Below is the list of the best Latino music from around Latin America, courtesy of NPR (National Public Radio).
Her real name is María Concepción Balboa Buika, but goes by her stage name Buika. For her music, she combines several styles and emotional lyrics to set her apart from the other artists. La Noche Mas Larga is her sixth album and has made more releases that any of her previous ones. Today, she continues to produce new music.
Combining the folkloric fueled electronic music, Juana Molina creates original music with instruments like an acoustic guitar, various percussion, and the keyboards. Her album, Wed 21, is the one that made the list.
La Santa Cecilia
La Santa Cecilia, a Los Angeles based group, is a modern day group of music in rock and world music. The groups draw inspiration from all over the world, which creates diversity and their album, Treinta Dias made this list.
La Vida Boheme
Learning from other bands on what they have done to become successful is probably one of the most valuable things any group could do to help their group grow. This group borrowed the concept of putting two songs, one on each side of the record from the 1970s. From this concept was the emotional CD of Sera.
Mala Rodruguez is a Spanish rapper, but has fused several genres of music together. She is fusing hip-hop with flamenco, two concepts that continue to grow with today’s Latin music. Yet she began fusing heavy metal with rapping and tying pop, flamenco and R&B into hip-hop. Her album, Bruja, returns to her early roots of “jarcor” rapper, a form of rap.
Pedrito Martinez Group
Right here in New York and performing at a Cuban restaurant like Guantanamera shows the ability of what this group is capable of doing. Using references from the songs by Led Zeppelin and Jackson 5 and more, this group is all about the trinity in their music—instrumental prowess, irresistible dance and singing the song.
Classically trained pianist and songwriter Ellis Ludwig-Leone recruited the other members of the band to sing his orchestral chamber-pop songs. The San Fermin album combines peaks and thematic connections, fitting for his classical training.
Many of these bands have connections with someone in some way, but they all have one thing in common, regardless if the band or person is well known or just starting out, it shows that if music is the passion, then it will shine through the lyrics and the artist.