Indescribably Delicious Sound of the Latin Rhythm

From Barcelona to Argentina to the Caribbean, to Chile the beats and rhythms of the people capture the world’s hearts and souls.  Many people think of Cuba as the jewel in the crown of Latin music. Not only has the island produced thousands of unforgettable records, but it is also responsible for creating genres that would blossom and develop in other countries: son, cha-cha, mambo, bolero, rumba, and danzón, to name a few. Infinitely warm, the protean son is the basis for everything else that followed it.

The salsa explosion of the seventies took place in New York City, crystallizing a volatile meeting of styles. The initial ingredient was a number of Cuban formats:  guaracha, cha-cha, mambo, and guaguancó. These were transformed by musicians, mostly of Puerto Rican origin, who brought forth the luxurious sheen of American big band jazz, the gritty vibe of urban R&B and soul, and the subtle influence of boricua folk.

I always believe that music is the key to any production..  The music for Zorro  is of course Latin in flavor Half of the fun is learning about all the many types of music of the world.  I love obscure websites that lure you from one singer to the next. I have gotten very wrapped up in Barcelona musicians as well as a type of music called Nuevo Flamenco.    Nuevo Flamenco (“New Flamenco”) is synonymous with contemporary flamenco and is a modern derivative of traditional flamenco (see the cafés cantantes period, and Ramón Montoya (1880-1949)).

It is widely accepted that Nuevo Flamenco started in 1975 with the Lole y Manuel first album Nuevo Día. Although the most important early pioneers of modern flamenco are widely accepted to be the guitarist Paco de Lucía, and singer Camarón de la Isla, other musical genres have also played a key role in influencing nuevo flamenco. The central focal points of this genre are compás (rhythm), baile (dance), and cante (song). Although the guitar is arguably the most common instrument in flamenco, it is said that the person playing the instrument is flamenco, not the instrument itself. Most of these artists are known as the leaders of this movement of guitarists reared on flamenco and raised on musical junk food or pop music. The formula for the success of this music is accessibility. Never too technical and always familiar by incorporating jazz, bossa nova, tango , rhumba, classical and even FLAMENCO guitar mixed with an assortment of instruments.  Each artist displays the sexiest rhythms that you can feel. Well worth the escape!

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s