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Doctor Nativo Rejoices in His Mayan Heritage on the Politically-charged 'Guatemaya'

Doctor Nativo creates a lively fusion on Guatemaya that blends hip-hop, salsa, cumbia, reggae, and strong elements of specifically Mayan and Central American sounds.

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Luis Coronel: Quiero Ser Tu Dueño

Teen heartthrob makes terrible music, tops Latin Albums chart, threatens to cross over.

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Noel Torres: La Balanza

When playing corridos, one must be absolutely modern. If you play them as hard as possible, that helps.

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Juanes: Loco De Amor

Colombian superstar unplugs again, but stuffs his songs with color and hooks, amor and innuendo.

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Nena Guzman: La Iniciativa

Norteño pop singer restrains fiery band from crashing through studio walls.

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Los Buitres de Culiacan Sinaloa: Territorio Buitre

Smart-ass norteño punks hire a banda but don't let it play enough.

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Various Artists: Las Bandas Románticas de América 2014

These two useful guides to regional Mexican radio hits should be way more entertaining.

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Banda el Recodo de Cruz Lizárraga: Haciendo Historia

Banda el Recodo maintains its legend through hard work, commercial cunning and occasional coasting.

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Gerardo Ortiz: Archivos de Mi Vida

If you wanna know American pop music in all its multifaceted glory, you need to know Gerardo Ortiz.

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Regulo Caro: Especialista

Regulo Caro mixes up love and war, blood and roses, character studies and narcocorridos.

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Various Artists: Subway Salsa: The Montuno Records Story

Proof, if needed, of the crucial cultural role record shops play in the musical and social life of a city, even when buried deep down in a subway system.

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Bio Ritmo: La Verdad

La Verdad captures the power and punch and authentic spontaneity of a live performance without sacrificing any studio polish.

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Various Artists: 101 Things to Do in Bongolia

Hip Brooklyn label sells nostalgia and world grooves, one 45 at a time.

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Sergent Garcia: Una y Otra Vez

Imagine if Theodor Adorno wrote Disney princess songs -- only, you know, with a salsa band.

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Pitbull: Planet Pit

The newly rechristened "Mr. Worldwide" is sharpening stones and picking up broads to improve his business acumen. It's a sign of the times.

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Various: Fania Records 1964-1980: The Original Sound of Latin New York

Fania Records had it all: salsa, soul, jazz, grooves, horns, Chopin, subway imitations, and a seemingly inexhaustible appetite for urban America.


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