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José Luís Acacio - Simón Bolívar

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Venezuela

People often say that Símon Bolívar, aka El Libertador, is to the people of Venezuela what George Washington is to the people of the United States. This is not entirely inaccurate, but this 19th century general and native son of Caracas retains a rock star / savior status that might equally be compared with Bob Marley’s place in the hearts of Jamaicans (and tender souled frat boys).

Si*Sé - EPK

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Dominican Republic

Si*Sé brings together musical languages such as hip-hop, funk, rock, jazz and even classical violin. Singer Carol C, who grew up in a Spanish language household within an English language city, adds bilingual vocals that pull together the group’s electrifying sound.

Circo - Cascarón View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Puerto Rico

How hard is your cáscara? Here Circo’s José Luis “Fofé” Abreu sings about a certain someone with the power to crack his. Note that cáscara is mostly used for eggs and nuts, whereas the shell of a turtle would be caparazón and that of a snail would be concha.

Café Tacuba - Eres View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Mexico

Café Tacuba is often compared to rock luminary Radiohead, and the LA Times has gone so far as to proclaim this fab cuatro “The Mexican Beatles.” Eres, sung by keyboardist Emmanuel de Real, is from the album Cuatro Caminos, which critics have called one of the definitive rock albums of the decade (in any language).

Los Pericos - Fácil de Engañar View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Argentina

In the face of blind passion and desire, it’s fairly safe to say that even P.T. Barnum himself was probably a sucker for love. Los Pericos knows first hand the pain that can follow a heart first plunge into the romantic abyss. Sure, they claim to be over it now, but we’re not sure if we altogether believe it…

Rafael T. - La Cultura Maya - Part 1 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Guatemala

Our friend, Rafael, returns this week to talk to us about his homeland and its culture. As he explains, the Mayan culture continues to thrive in Guatemala via its language, clothing, and customs.

Babasónicos - Carismático View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Argentina

Babasónicos have never let themselves get pigeon-holed into one style or sound since they formed in the early nineties (much to the consternation of some fans). With Carismático we drop into a surreal dreamscape of Dada visuals and equally fantastical lyrics, all encapsulated in a hook-laced pop tune. Dive in!

Molotov - Marciano View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Mexico

Feeling like you aren’t yourself lately? Perhaps even get the idea you are no longer of this world? Molotov knows all about this feeling and have hired a team of scientists to create a special dance to go along with it!

Liquits - Chido View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Mexico

Chido, is Mexican for “cool” (and we don’t mean leaning towards cold). As is typical, a precise definition can vary with context. Liquits, representative of Mexico City’s young and playful, enjoy riffing and aren’t afraid to mix languages (and cultural references) with abandon.

La Secta - Consejo View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Puerto Rico

Grammy-nominated La Secta Allstar boasts Puerto Rican roots despite having come together in Orlando, where the members attended college, and shortly after that settling in Miami. This title track from their album, Consejo, may very well make their mothers and mothers around the Spanish speaking world proud.

Enanitos Verdes - Tu Cárcel View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Argentina

Enanitos Verdes’ album En Vivo was recorded live in Tijuana, Mexico and Phoenix, Arizona (USA). The song Tu Carcel was written and first performed by Marco Antonio Solís, so it’s a real crowd pleaser with the Mexican and Mexican-American audiences.

Control Machete - El Apostador

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Mexico

An apostador is anyone who makes a wager. Control Machete’s El Apostador comes off their album Uno, Dos. This exquisitely animated video backs up the song’s tale of have and have not. It must be your lucky day, because we’re betting that you are going to learn something!

Circo - Un Accidente View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Puerto Rico

The Puerto Rican rockers Circo never do explain what the accidente was exactly, but it doesn’t make this music video any less entertaining to hear. Lead singer Fofé (aka José Luis Abreu, formerly of El Manjar de los Dioses) sounds at times like a latin Robert Smith of the Cure. But maybe it’s the other way around, since Smith is said to be a fan....

Café Tacuba - Mediodía View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Mexico

Medio signifies “half,” and so of course mediodía comes around at 12 o’clock noon (“half day”). Café Tacuba’s Rubén Albarrán ponders another perfect sunshine midday and wonders why he is has no one with whom to share it. Live concert video! (See Rubén’s guest appearance in Inspector’s video for the tune Amnesia.)

Bahiano - Oyelo

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Argentina

Fernando Hortal, aka Bahiano, broke away from his band of 17 years, Los Pericos, in 2004 to go it alone. This video shows the rufían delivering milk and a little more. Oyelo, ¡te gustará escucharlo!

Enanitos Verdes - Luz de día View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Intermediate Intermediate

Argentina

Who is this woman that Marciano Cantero met in Denver one winter evening? (Madonna?) It may have been a temporary affair, but the song it inspired has endured, proving to be one of the Enanitos Verdes’ biggest crowd pleasers, as you can see from this concert footage.

Liquits - Desde Que View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Mexico

So what is it with this Latin American love of ska, a Jamaican genre from the early 60’s that’s had a second coming amongst British and American bands since the early 80’s? Lucky for us, ska is almost always sung very clearly, in short, catchy, easy to understand phrases. Liquits hails from Mexico City, but this award winning group has been hopping continents to record and play for a growing audience since 1993. The animation is ¡padrisimo!

Javier García - EPK - Part 2 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Argentina, Spain

¿Quién es Javier García? With his producer (and “Brokeback” score Oscar winner) Gustavo Santaolalla, Javier Garcia talks about his roots and influences. Also, we learn about some noted musicians who contributed to the album 13, including the great trumpet player, Arturo Sandoval.

Javier García - EPK - Part 1 View Series View This Episode

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Argentina, Spain

We’ve all heard of the bolero, which has its modern roots in nineteenth century Santiago de Cuba (even though we might not be able to hum one on cue). But what about the cuartetazo? Born in Córdoba, Argentina, and derived from Spanish and Italian dances, the name is derived from the fact that the earliest players were invariably four-piece bands. The rhythm is similar to merengue.

Javier García - La Rumba View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Spain

Javier Garcia was born in Madrid to a Cuban father and spent his earliest years in Spain before heading to boarding school in Ireland (from whence his mother comes), finishing high school in Miami after the age of 16. So what kind of Spanish accent does he have? Well, by his own admission, something of a Cuban one when he sings, a kind of a Spanish one when he talks… (we called him and asked!)

Rafael T. - Viaje al norte View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Guatemala

Marriage and children bring with them needs and responsiblities that a soltero doesn’t have. Rafael hopes to grow his small pharmacy into a cadena of drug stores that he can use to benefit his wife and kids. To raise the necessary capital, Rafael is working abroad for a few years.

Bloque - Nena

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Colombia

What if you took a bunch of musical aces from Bogotá and asked them to cook up a picante take on the Led Zeppelin classic “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You”? Wonder no longer…

Taimur - Taimur canta View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Venezuela

Recently the song Mesa Que Mas Aplauda from the Mexican group Climax had reached coastal Venezuela and was blasting from every bootleg music kiosk and bus stereo, and its catchy, inane, meaningless refrain za za za, yakuza, yakuza was on the lips of every impressionable child from 5 to 50. Taimore was no exception (nor were we!)

Taimur - Taimur habla View Series

Difficulty: difficulty - Beginner Beginner

Venezuela

Young Taimur’s Spanish is not quite as easy for the non-native as that of his neighborhood pal Zulbani, but he does have a lot of interesting things to say! Listen up, because our young friend presents an opportunity to hear some expressions and turns of phase you may have not heard before.

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