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Gam̈a͇ puts a microscope to the sounds of Brazil

Gam̈a͇ is an artist and musician who melds the sounds of Brazil’s cities and natural landscapes to create unique electronic albums. BristoLatino’s Rebecca Wilson reports. Gama is a multidisciplinary Brazilian artist from a metropolitan area of Rio de Janeiro. The artist’s androgynous name avoids definition and allows them to play with gender, “although this wasn’t […]

Nickodemus releases new album feat. Femina and Carol C.

Nickodemus, the veteran DJ and producer hailing from NYC, releases eclectic new album ‘A Long Engagement’. We catch up with the artist to discuss the album and two special tracks featuring Argentine trio Femina and Dominicana Carol C. Rebecca Wilson reports.   Nickodemus (pronounced neeka-deemus) is well-known for his many remixes for artists including Bob […]

Sonic adventures to Malphino

Malphino take you on a tropical adventure from this 4th May… Malphino are an ‘outer-national’, mystical band who offer a uniquely Asian-influenced hypnotic cumbia. Based in London, the collective is made up of diaspora musicians and visual artists. Their debut album, ‘Visit Malphino’ will be released this 4th May and will take us on a […]

Lizbeth Román’s ‘Bolero Saltarín’

El bolero saltarín (the Jumping Bolero) is the new single from Lizbeth Román and the Duendes Invisibles. The track features on the first album, La otra ruta live at New York, which was recorded over a series of concerts in NY in 2016 and restored and mastered by Néstor Salomón. BristoLatino Editor-in-Chief, Rebecca Wilson, caught […]

Bristol’s own Bomba de Tiempo

On Monday 22nd January, Improvised Groove will launch in Bristol with a free music workshop, exploring the Ritmo y Percusión con Señas (Rhythm and Percussion with signs) technique developed by Buenos Aires group La Bomba de Tiempo. Every Monday in Buenos Aires, 1,000-2,000 people gather in former-factory space Konex to witness percussion group La Bomba […]

BristoLatino’s best latin albums of 2017

Sadly, the Bogotá-based modern salsa collective released their self-titled ‘Salsangroove’ just before the new year, so we can’t add their invigorating disc to this list. If you haven’t heard it, carambas, make sure you do. We loved ÌFÉ’s debut but thought we’d make space for other favourites having focussed on this album earlier in 2017. […]

Sol Okarina’s music for environmental change

BristoLatino Music Editor, Zara Huband talks to the multifaceted musician Sol Okarina, about fighting for the environment, supporting women and thanking our ancestors through music. Sol Okarina’s music is unique. She achieves a kind of plenitude through taking inspiration from many different parts of the world. While the sound is rooted in her Latino-Caribbean upbringing, […]

Baile-what? The resurgence of reggaetón in club music

We’ve had Despacito in our heads all summer thanks to worldwide radio, J Balvin has been swept up by the Radio 1 train and even Little Mix have released their own Simon Cowell-endorsed Reggaetón lento. Joe Samrai takes a look at producers such as Kamixlo, Uli K and Florentino, who are fusing Latin formulae into urban alternative club music.   […]

Domestic violence, reverse racism and female healing in Lido Pimienta’s ‘La Papessa’.

BristoLatino Editor-in-Chief Rebecca Wilson discusses Lido Pimienta’s music, and the harsh backlash against her following an incident at a Halifax show in October.   In September this year, BristoLatino favourite Lido Pimienta won Canada’s most important music award, the Polaris Prize. The Colombian artist’s influences come not only from Afro-Colombian rhythms and melodies, but from the […]