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Reggaeton – Music

As I mentioned in my last post, Spanish (speaking) people are very into Reggaeton, which to me basically is the Latins version of HipHop. Besides maybe one or two songs, in Europe I had never heard of this music, but now in Colombia I am of course hearing it a lot more around me.

By far the biggest star in this kind of music must be Daddy Yankee. He seems to have made at least the most commercially successful tracks like “Gasolina”:

and now I heard “Llamado de Emergencia” the whole weekend and it also seems to be a big one:

Sorry but the original video has an amazingly boring start, so I skipped to this one that starts right away.

In case you are now wondering how you dance to Reggaeton, check out the somewhat explicit instruction video:

It will not be my favorite kind of music anywhere soon, but once in a while it can be nice to go partying on.


Celia Cruz – La vida es un carnaval (Music)

Celia Cruz (Cuban) was worldwide known as the queen of salsa and had an impressive career with 23 golden albums to her name. She unfortunately passed away in 2003, but many of her songs you can still hear in Latin parties around the world. This particular song is actually the only one I know so far. It is translated into: “Life is a carnaval”, life is a party and it is one of the songs that gets me moving easily.

This video comes with subtitles that I think are made with some online translating site as there are some mistakes, but you get the idea:

Oiga, Mire, Vea – Orquesta Guayacan (Music)

A pure Colombian song from Tierra Caliente (Hot Land): Cali. The video shows some nice images of the city, which I have not visited myself yet so I do not know too much about it. Enjoy!

“La Flaca” – Jarabe de Palo (Musica)

The name “Jarabe de Palo” is a little dubious as it translates to : “medicine from the stick”…

The group is originally from Spain but somehow described by Wikipedia as a Latin rock group. This song is already an oldy as it dates from 1996 and is the first big hit from this group. The other one of course is “Bonito” also to be found in another post on this page. “La Flaca” was writen after the group returned from Cuba where apparantly there are some nice flacas (skinny/good figured girls) to be found!

Christmas day – el Tiburon – Musica

While recovering in the bed from the great party yesterday night, we are watching a great Christmas day movie: Happy Feet. Just now the main character met the latin guys from the other pinguin tribe, the funniest guys ever.  In the background I thought I heard this very famous latin song. It was not, but with me trying to sing the song I was thinking about, my wife inmediately recognized it as Proyecto Uno : El Tiburon! A Merenrap (Merengue mixed with rap) song from the 90´s about hunting girls that even was famous in Holland.  Great song!

“No le pegue a la negra” – Don´t hit the black lady – Music

Before anyone gets offended, I have to explain that in Latin America it is very normal to call someone  “Negro” or “Negra” which means black man or black lady. This is absolutely not seen as offensive here and a lot of people will probably not even be aware of the discussion this could cause for example in the US.

The population in Colombia ranges from black to white and everything in the middle, mainly due to the Spanish “conquistadores” that took slaves from Africa with them, raped indiginas (native indians) or just had “relationships” with them.

This song talks about that time (around 1600) and the suffering of the slaves in Cartagena (famous city at the north coast of Colombia). This version is from our good friend Juanes in his current tour and when we were there I of course had no clue that it was about something very serious as the song is salsa and therefore sort of uplifting.

To read more about the time of the conquistadores click here.

Btw. put the volume of your speakers a little lower, the video is loud and not the best quality!

Music: Mana – “Si no te hubieras ido”

I do not know much about these guys besides that they are from Mexico, but that actually goes for a lot of groups/artists here. Maybe in a year I will be able to tell you more about them.

Que onda guey? 🙂