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“CONGA – Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine”

​”Conga” is the first hit single released by the American band Miami Sound Machine led by Gloria Estefan on their second English-language album, and ninth overall, Primitive Love. The song was written by the band’s drummer and lead songwriter Enrique Garcia. The single was first released in 1985.


According to Gloria Estefan in an interview in the Netherlands television show RTL Late Night,[1] Conga was written after the band had performed “Dr. Beat” in a club called Cartouche in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The single was released in 1985 (see 1985 in music) and became a worldwide hit, reaching #10 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and winning the Grand Prize at the 15th annual “Tokyo Music Festival” in Japan.

The single was certified Gold by the RIAA in the U.S. for shipments of 500,000 copies.[2]

Conga” was re-recorded as a new remix in 2001, including samples of “Dr. Beat” and “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You” and was released on Estefan’s fourth compilation album. This new song was released as a promo single in Spain and titled “Y-Tu-Conga.”


Posted by on February 22, 2017 in Latin, Monday Madness, music


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La Cumbia English Translation:
The Cumbia is a musical rhythm and traditional folkloric dance of Colombia. It has contents of three cultural aspects, mainly indigenous and black African and, to a lesser extent, white (Spanish), being fruit of the long and intense mestizaje between these cultures during the Conquest and the Colony. 

The researcher Guillermo Abadía Morales in his Compendio del folclor colombiano, volume 3, # 7, published in 1962, states that “this explains the origin in the zamba conjugation of the musical air by the fusion of the melancholy indigenous pipe flute or cane Millo, that is to say, Tolo or Kuisí, of the Cuna and Koguis ethnic groups respectively, and the joyful and impetuous resonance of the African drum.The ethnographic city hall has been symbolized in the different roles that correspond in the dance of cumbia to each sex ” .[3] The presence of these cultural elements can be seen as follows:

In the instrumentation are the drums of black African origin; The maracas, the guache and the whistles (millet and bagpipes) of indigenous origin; While the songs and coplas are contributions of Spanish poetry, although later adapted.

Presence of sensual movements, markedly gallant, seductive, characteristic of dances of African origin.

The dresses have clear Spanish features: long polleras, lace, sequins, candongas, and the same flower headdresses and intense makeup on women; Shirt and white trousers, red handkerchief knotted to the neck and hat in the men.

From the 1940s, commercial or modern cumbia expanded to the rest of Latin America, after which it became popular throughout the continent following different commercial adaptations, such as the Argentine cumbia, the Bolivian cumbia, the Chilean cumbia, the cumbia Ecuadorian cumbia, cumbia mexicana, cumbia peruana, cumbia salvadoreña, cumbia uruguay and cumbia venezolana, among others.

La Cumbia En Espanol:
La Cumbia es un ritmo musical y baile folclórico tradicional de Colombia.[1] [2] Posee contenidos de tres vertientes culturales, principalmente indígena y negra africana y, en menor medida, blanca (española), siendo fruto del largo e intenso mestizaje entre estas culturas durante la Conquista y la Colonia. El investigador Guillermo Abadía Morales en su “Compendio del folclor colombiano”, volumen 3, #7, publicado en 1962, afirma que “ello explica el origen en la conjugación zamba del aire musical por la fusión de la melancólica flauta indígena gaita o caña de millo, es decir, Tolo o Kuisí, de las etnias Cunas y Koguis, respectivamente, y la alegre e impetuosa resonancia del tambor africano. El ayuntamiento etnográfico ha quedado simbolizado en los distintos papeles que corresponden en el baile de la cumbia a cada sexo”.[3] La presencia de estos elementos culturales se puede apreciar así:

En la instrumentación están los tambores de origen negro africano; las maracas, el guache y los pitos (caña de millo y gaitas) de origen indígena; mientras que los cantos y coplas son aporte de la poética española, aunque adaptadas luego.

Presencia de movimientos sensuales, marcadamente galantes, seductores, característicos de los bailes de origen africano.

Las vestiduras tienen claros rasgos españoles: largas polleras, encajes, lentejuelas, candongas, y los mismos tocados de flores y el maquillaje intenso en las mujeres; camisa y pantalón blanco, pañolón rojo anudado al cuello y sombrero en los hombres.

A partir de la década de 1940, la cumbia comercial o moderna se expandió al resto de América Latina, tras lo cual se popularizó en todo el continente siguiendo distintas adaptaciones comerciales, como la cumbia argentina, la cumbia boliviana, la cumbia chilena, la cumbia dominicana, la cumbia ecuatoriana, la cumbia mexicana, la cumbia peruana, la cumbia salvadoreña, la cumbia uruguaya y la cumbia venezolana, entre otras.


Posted by on February 20, 2017 in classic music, Latin, music



“The Beatles – Long and Winding Road (1970)”


The Long and Winding Road” is a ballad written by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon–McCartney) from the Beatles’ album Let It Be. It became the group’s 20th and last number-one song in the United States in June 1970,[2] and was the last single released by the quartet.

While the released version of the song was very successful, the post-production modifications by producer Phil Spector angered McCartney to the point that when he made his case in court for breaking up the Beatles as a legal entity, he cited the treatment of “The Long and Winding Road” as one of six reasons for doing so. New versions of the song with simpler instrumentation were subsequently released by both the Beatles and McCartney.


Posted by on February 20, 2017 in male vocal group, music, r&b


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“Counting Crows – Big Yellow Taxi ft. Vanessa Carlton”


Big Yellow Taxi

” is a song written, composed, and originally recorded by

Joni Mitchell

in 1970, and originally released on her album Ladies of the Canyon. It was a hit in her native Canada (No. 14) as well as Australia (No. 6) and the UK (No. 11). It only reached No. 67 in the US in 1970, but was later a bigger hit there for her in a live version released in 1974, which peaked at No. 24. Charting versions have also been recorded by The Neighborhood (who had the original top US 40 hit with the track in 1970, peaking at No. 29), Maire Brennan, Amy Grant and

Counting Crows.


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A margarita cocktail: the inspiration for “Margaritaville”

“Margaritaville” is a 1977 song by American popular music singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett from the album Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes. This song was written about a drink Buffett discovered at Lung’s Cocina del Sur restaurant on Anderson Lane in Austin, Texas,[3] and the first huge surge of tourists who descended on Key West, Florida around that time. He wrote most of the song that night at a friend’s house in Austin, and finished it while spending time in Key West. In the United States “Margaritaville” reached number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and went to number one on the Easy Listening chart,[4] also peaking at #13 on the Hot Country Songs chart.[5] Billboard ranked it number 14 on its 1977 Pop Singles year-end chart.[6] It remains Buffett’s highest charting solo single.

Named for the cocktail margarita, with lyrics reflecting a laid-back lifestyle in a tropical climate, “Margaritaville” has come to define Buffett’s music and career. The relative importance of the song to Buffett’s career is referred to obliquely in a parenthetical plural in the title of a Buffett greatest hits compilation album, Songs You Know By Heart: Jimmy Buffett’s Greatest Hit(s). The name has been used in the title of other Buffett compilation albums such as Meet Me In Margaritaville: The Ultimate Collection and is also the name of several commercial products licensed by Buffett (see below). Popular culture references, throughout the years and remakes attest to the song’s continuing popularity. The song was mentioned in Blake Shelton’s 2004 single “Some Beach”.

“Margaritaville” has been inducted into the 2016 Grammy Hall of Fame for its cultural and historic significance.[7]

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Posted by on February 20, 2017 in male vocalist, music


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“Neil Young – Heart of Gold”

“Neil Young – Heart of Gold” on YouTube


Neil Young: Heart of Gold is a 2006 documentary and concert film by Jonathan Demme, featuring Neil Young. The film was made in the summer of 2005 in Nashville, Tennessee, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and was released to theaters on February 10, 2006. The film documents Young’s premiere of his songs from his album Prairie Wind at the Ryman Auditorium.


The film opens with interviews with Young and most of his band, which includes Emmylou Harris, Young’s wife Pegi Young, steel guitarist Ben Keith, and keyboardist Spooner Oldham. They and the other band members describe the concert and the making of Prairie Wind. The recording of the album and the filming of the concert occurred just before and after Young’s surgery to correct a cerebral aneurysm, and just a few months after the death of Young’s father Scott Young.

The first half of the concert consists entirely of songs from Prairie Wind, and the second half consists of acoustic songs from throughout Young’s career. Young describes the inspiration behind several of his songs.




Columbia Traditional Music… Feel The Rhythm! 

Columbia Traditional Music… Feel The Rhythm! 

YouTube featured image: (1984) Romancing The Stone Scene (Cartegena Columbia)

Traditional Colombian music can be divided into four distinct zones:

The Atlantic (Caribbean) coast , the Pacific coast , the Andean region, and the Eastern Plains.  

Caribbean (Atlantic) music pulsates with vibrant rhythms, such as cumbia, porro and mapalé.   The cumbia is mainly accompanied by an instrument called guacharaca. 

The music from the Pacific coast, such as the currulao with its strong use of drums, is touched  by Spanish influence.

The Colombian Andean music has been influenced by Spanish rhythms

Among typical examples are the bambuco, pasillo guabina and torbellino, played with stringed instruments such as the tiple or guitar, as well as piano.

The Andean music of Colombia differs noticeably from that of Peru, Ecuador or Bolivia.

The music of the Eastern Plains, “Los Llanos – música llanera”, is usually accompanied by a harp, a cuatro (a type of four-stringed guitar) and maracas.

Apart from these traditional forms, two musical rhythms have conquered large parts of the country. These are “la salsa” which has spread throughout the country, with Cali considered as the capital of la salsa, and the “vallenato”, which originated in La Guajira and Cesar in the northern part of the Caribbean coast.  The vallenato rhythm is mainly played by the vallenato accordion (buttons accordion) and other instruments.

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Posted by on February 20, 2017 in Monday Madness, music



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