[Editor’s Note: this is the fourth of six playlist posts collected in our Island Music series, which shares some of the Spanish and Latin music playlists we’ve created for our Panama resort, with a little context about the artists and styles featured in each.]
While we concentrate on traditional music at Edén, there are a lot of interesting things happening in Latin music that aren’t so obviously traditional. This playlist explores some of the many Latin artists around the world with a decidedly contemporary sound. Despite the obvious influences that come from outside Latin traditions, the music always retains a Latin feel: these songs came from artists steeped in Latin music from an early age, and you can tell.
The set opens with a ska of sorts from Bebe, the award-winning musician from Spain. Next, we hear from Argentinians Jorge Drexler, Federico Aubele, and Natalie Clavier, who soften the mood with a few downtempo numbers that serve as the perfect accompaniment to sunset dining at Edén. (Aubele and Clavier, in fact, both work with the well-known downtempo world music explorers Thievery Corporation on a regular basis). Back to Spain with flamenco chillout band Chambao, before returning to the Americas for the rest of the playlist. Andrea Echeverri is a Colombian singer with the Latin rock band Aterciopelados, performing here in a solo number. Mexicans Sara Valenzuela, who offsets her smooth, sultry voice with some edgy electronics, and Camilo Lara, of the Mexican Institute of Sound, mix old and new to pleasing effect. DJ Bitman provides some Latin beats from Chile, and Cuban reggaeton band Las Orishas closes things out with a bang.
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