[coll]: Baila: A Latin Dance Party (Putamayo)
Reviewed by Sadie O., 5/25/06
Latin dance music (they ain’t kidding!) – mostly Cuban-influenced but from around the world. Everyone loves Latin dance music! Ain’t nothing that’s not to love on here. Play it on up!
1. **uptempo cha cha bounce with piano and a bit of electronica, Cuban/French artist
2. ***midtempo Afro-Cuban hip-wiggler with sweet Guinean lead vocals.
3. **very relaxed and lovely boogaloo by a roots-oriented Columbian group. Sweet!
4. **midtempo boogaloo about Santeria (in English) by Puerto Rican/Belgian artist, a bit of electronica and bells.
5. **pretty midtempo cha cha from a NY salsa orchestra. Serious piano solo!
6. **midtempo Swedish salsa – don’t laugh, it sizzles!
7. ***slightly uptempo Congolese fusion salsa/soukouss.
8. **midtempo, energetic reggae/salsa from Argentinians in LA.
9. **midtempo, Cuban band celebrating their new style – timba.
10. ***downtempo cumbia-funk from NY – BIG sound.
11. ***slightly downtempo mambo with dancehall toasting.