The Rough Guide To Latin Dance

Latin American is a region defined by years of change and social upheaval. Today, as ever, dance is a potent identifier and method of cultural expression. This Rough Guide invites you to take to your tango, roll out your rumba and set your salsa sizzling with the hottest sounds from the likes of Argentinean duo Mas Alla, Martinican melody-maker Dede Saint-Prix and Brazilian sambista Ruivao.

Kicking off the album with a swinging salsa, Virginia-based experimenters Bio Ritmo lay down a winding keys riff layered atop with the blasts of a hearty horn section and sweetly delivered male vocals. A few tracks in we are treated to ‘Oran Oran’ by Maurice El Medioni and Roberto Rodriguez. El Medioni hails from Algeria and recycles his varying influences (from American boogie-woogie to rai) delicately and dextrously on the piano. Here El Medioni is accompanied by Cuban percussionist Rodriguez and together the pair create a distinct Afro-Latin groove.

Colombiafrica reverberate their champeta straight from the streets of Colombia. A powder-keg of Colombian rhythms brewed together with Congolese soukous, Ghanaian highlife and Nigerian Afro-beat – this band offer a riotous take on contemporary street dance. Staying in Colombia but striking back through the decades, the vintage track ‘Ocho Dias’ by Los Corraleros De Majagual is a slinky throw-back to cumbia done big-band style. Harmonized horns call and respond to a caramel-smooth choir and lead male voice.

‘A Zero Por Hora’ is contributed by Brazilian singer Vitor Ramil. Teaming up with Rio-born Marcos Suzano, the pair present their hope for the future of samba; acoustic instruments riffing on traditional dance figures nestle alongside textural ambient electronics.

Watching Latin dance is like watching a living history lesson played out, every stamp and flounce encapsulating centuries of change in the region. From the circle dances of the Taino Indians, to European set-dances introduced by Columbus and his compadres, via complicated African cross-rhythms introduced during the dreaded slave trade, not forgetting jubilant Creole carnivals and contemporary urban street styles – dance is Latin Americas living history. Celebrate the legacy with this unique Rough Guide to Latin Dance.

Track Information

01      Bio Ritmo: La Verdad
from the album INTRODUCING BIO RITMO (INTRO124DD)
(Rei Alvarez) pub Ritmophonic Publishing (ASCAP)/Riverboat UK Music (MCPS). Licensed from Introducing/World Music Network.

02      Dédé Saint-Prix: Pour Celia Cruz
from the album THE ROUGH GUIDE TO CARIBBEAN CAFÉ (RGNET1281CD)
(Dédé Saint-Prix) pub Riverboat UK Music (MCPS). Licensed from World Music Network.

03      Sierra Maestra: Santa Isabel De Las Lajas
from the album SON: SOUL OF A NATION (TUGCD1039)
(Beny Moré, adapted by Eduardo Himely, brass arr Yelfris C. Valdés) Copyright Control. Licensed from Riverboat Records/World Music Network.

04      Los Corraleros de Majagual: Ocho Dias
from the album THE ROUGH GUIDE TO CUMBIA (RGNET1293CD)
(Lisandro Meza) pub Edimusica Ltda. Licensed from World Music Network.

05      Maurice El Médioni Meets Roberto Rodriguez: Oran Oran
from the album DECARGAORIENTAL/THE NEW YORK SESSIONS
(Maurice El Médioni) pub Piranha Musik. Licensed from Piranha Musik.

06      Anastacia: Flor
from the album LUMERE LUMERA
(Ze Eugenio) pub Piranha Musik. Licensed from Piranha Musik.

07      Eddie Bobe: Rumba Para Los Olu Bata
from the album CENTRAL PARK RUMBA
(Eddie Bobe) pub Piranha Musik. Licensed from Piranha Musik.

08      Martín Alvarado & Horacio Avilano: Mujer Y Amiga
from the album GUITAR TANGO: MÁS ALLÁ (TUGCD1075)
(Robustiano Figueroa Reyes) Copyright Control. Licensed from Riverboat Records/World Music Network.

09      Chango Spasiuk: Mi Pueblo, Mi Casa, La Soledad
from the album TAREFERO DE MIS PAGOS - SOUNDS FROM THE RED LAND (CD-PIR1895)
(Chango Spasiuk) pub Piranha Musik. Licensed from Piranha Musik.

10      Spam Allstars: Charanga E-350
from the album INTRODUCING SPAM ALLSTARS (INTRO110CD)
(Abal/Yeomanson) pub Riverboat UK Music (MCPS). Licensed from Introducing/World Music Network.

11      Pancho Quinto: La Gorra
from the album RUMBA SIN FRONTERAS (TUGCD1031)
(Lazaro Rizo, Octavio Rodriguez, arr Omar Sosa) pub Riverboat UK Music, MCPS. Licensed from Riverboat Records/World Music Network.

12      Carlitos Almonte Y Su Acordeon Cinco Estrellas: La Asesina
from the album THE ROUGH GUIDE TO MERENGUE DANCE (RGNET1229CD)
(Bony Cepeda arr Carlitos Almonte) pub Riverboat UK Music (MCPS). Licensed from World Music Network.

13      Ruivão: O Jogo Termina Aos 90
from the album INTRODUCING RUIVÃO (INTRO125DD)
(Ruivão ) pub Riverboat UK Music (MCPS). Licensed from Introducing/World Music Network.

14      Vitor Ramil & Marcos Suzano: A Zero Por Hora
from the album INTRODUCING VITOR RAMIL & MARCOS SUZANO (INTRO120DD)
(Vitor Ramil) pub Riverboat UK Music (MCPS). Licensed from Introducing/World Music Network.

15      Colombiafrica - The Mystic Orchestra: Jaloux Jaloux
from the album VOODOO LOVE INNA CHAMPETA LAND (TUGCD1035)
(B. Mansiamina) pub Riverboat UK Music. Licensed from Riverboat Records/World Music Network.

16      Sin Palabras: Conga Sin Palabras (Carneval Edit)
from the album HOUSE OF DRUMS
(Antonio De Erbiti Sanchez) pub Piranha Musik. Licensed from Piranha Musik.

17      Wayne Gorbea's Salsa Picante: Para La Rumba
from the album INTRODUCING WAYNE GORBEA'S SALSA PICANTE (INTRO108CD)
(Wayne Gorbea, arr. Ronnie Williams) pub Riverboat UK Music (MCPS). Licensed from Introducing/World Music Network.