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Merengue BOMBA!

I love this stuff. One day I’ll write a little about it- the origins, the way it differs musically from other merengue and how it is danced differently. But I did that and in depth 7 years ago and um,hell, I lost all the files!!

So, lets just go to some of my fave merengue bomba tracks. Most of the artists are Puerto Rican, though a few groups have Dominican masterminds writing and performing everything but the vocals.

What I really loved about the merengue of this time was the piano! Oh, and the trumpets! My other blog is getting 100 hits a day looking for the new Grupo Mania track because people heard Maria Lola and realized that they missed the crazy piano and trumpet merengue we used to dance ourselves ragged to a decade ago.

Grupo Mateos

Grupo Mateos- Me Mata La Pena
This shit always makes me mad. The REAL Grupo Mateos is wearing red,the other guys sing. When I was getting my merengue collection together I learned that the best way to pick a cd I liked was by musical director and producer. I learned that quite a few were black dominican musicians, sometimes the dude would play every damn thing and write and arrange every song. But you wont see a merengue group in PR fronted by guys who all look like the guys backing them. I wonder, as I think about it, if the white washing of all the party music had anything to do with reggaeton becoming so popular.All of a sudden the face of young popular music in PR was a lil bit blacker than it had been for a while. I mean, look at these videos then look at the ones from the previous post.

Kaos- Cinturita

Ashley
This video is interesting. Ashley is pushing up on a mandingo but he seems to be gay. I mean, I dont KNOW, maybe he is just pretty. Hasn’t she read the rule book? When you push up on a mandingo, he is supposed to be hetero!! Unless of course this is her version of the Taylor Dayne Tell It To My Heart video I posted a few days ago. Well, I must admit, he sure is pretty and I’d push up on him in a minute.

Limit 21

Grupo Fuego- They sound nearly identical to Grupo Mania

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I have to give props to the young Dominican American brothers, they are fucking DOING it! Magic Juan, Xtreme, Fulanito, Aventura, Oro Solido, Proyecto Uno. When I look at “latin” music made in the US, it seems that the Dominicanos are the ones who have been mixing it up and putting out the best shit.If we go beyond the mainland and count PR we have 2 words to remember- “Luny Tunes”. Make it 3 words and add “bachaton”.

Lets talk Arroz con Beans- all of the songs below are great mixtures of more traditional Dominican forms of music and black American music from the US.
(I cant remember where to add the quotation marks as most Dominicans, regarless of birthplace or residence, are “black Americans” some identify as African American which can make it harder to describe. Are HipHop merengue and urban bachata blends of Dominican music and African American music or are they African American music in Spanish? I am one of the people who doesn’t want to ignore the latin roots, but who believes also that black latin music made in the US deserves recognition as being part of the black popular music tradition. Salsa, latin jazz, bugalu, merengue hiphop, reggaeton, latin freestyle urban bachata all should be recognized along with jazz, soul, hiphop, dance music and so forth)

El Tiburon

Guallando.

Pecho a Pechuga

Oro Who? Oro solido!!

Maria? Maria Se Fue!

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Y Sigue Karis!!!!

grupokaris1A blast from the past! Grupo Karis made yet another comeback in ’07 with Los 4 Fantasticos. Its good to see them back on the scene. Interestingly enough I don’t find merengue bomba at all dated, it doesn’t sound like old 80’s and 90’s music to me. Most of the merengueros I know are THRILLED to hear the new songs beginning to trickle onto the airwaves. ABOUT TIME!!!

Chocolate-

La Amas Como Yo f Ken-Y

Check it out- Los 4 Fantasticos- Grupo Karis. Merengue bomba de Puerto Rico!

Now, lets revisit some “classic” tracks by the guys.

Bandolera NEVER fails to get the dancers out on the floor.

Esa Nena No Me Quiere

Esas Ojitos

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“maria lola vete”
well, maria lola se fue
Grupo Mania is on fire. Now, they had a few missteps with their last few cds, but they seem back on track. No pun intended.

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I am a huge fan of merengue, and Geko Jones of Dutty Artz has posted this tidbit on merengue tipico thats sure to please merengue fans everywhere!

…That trip was my first time hearing el fuego improvisado that is Tatico Henriquez.

I feel totally robbed that I didn’t hear this guy growing up on the island next door. At first listen, he is an artist that draws from the listener a sense of appreciation for his contribution not only to music but to his culture. I’ll see your cotton candy pop star and raise you one jibaro de campo and a bag of plantain chips.

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Magic Juan- repost

I love Puno and Mil Horas

I LOVE THIS ONE!!
Ta Buena
“Si tu crees que tu sabes mami, ju know na'”

“Lucky me you aint wearin no draws”

and the newer one

Mil Horas

I must have missed this when it came out. I need to find this. With Reggaeton getting all the hype some of the older varieties of latin hiphop are getting crowded out.

Magic Juan Readies Hip-Hop Masterpiece The Sure Bet, Tours The World, Preps Other Business Ventures; Second Album from Former Lead Vocalist of Latin Hip-Hop Pioneers Proyecto Uno Due Later This Year on M.O.B. Recordings

New York, NY–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–October 13, 2005–Magic Juan, former lead vocalist and composer of the internationally acclaimed group Proyecto Uno, is putting the finishing touches on his second solo album, the highly anticipated The Sure Bet. On the collection, which will be released later this year on emerging music powerhouse M.O.B. Recordings, Juan reveals his many personal and emotional dimensions.

Lead singles “Fish Grease” and “Mil Horas” are already heating up at radio.

As he prepares for the release of the follow-up to 2002’s La Prueba, Juan has been touring the world, most recently performing in front of legions of fans in Australia with Latin heavyweight Chayanne.

Later this year, Juan will hit the road with Ivy Queen, Don Omar and Daddy Yankee.

Showing his business skills stretch beyond music, Magic Juan will launch in 2006 his own a liquor brand, Gravity. The blue Long Island Iced Tea will be distributed and promoted internationally. He is also launching his own calling card, The Magic Juan Phone Card.

Magic Juan’s current ventures should not surprise his loyal fans. He wrote and rapped his way to No. 1 with Proyecto Uno on “Brinca!!,” “Latinos” and “El Tiburon,” which were wildly successful in South and Central America, Mexico, Europe and the United States. The Washington Heights, New York, native also flexed his acting skills in independent films such as Harlem Blues and Buscando Un Sueno with Lauren Velez.

In 2002, Magic Juan kept his music career hot by releasing La Prueba, which included the hits “La Ultima vez” with Eddy Herrera and “Meniando La Pera.” The album received a nomination for Urban Album of the Year and Juan was nominated as Artist of the Year for Univision’s 2004 Premios lo Nuestro Awards. “La Ultima vez” was also nominated for Tropical Song of the Year at the 2004 Latin Billboard Awards.

A testament to Juan’s accomplishments, the Latin Hip Hop Coalition, which aims at educating and defending artist rights, has just appointed Magic its New York Chairman. No wonder Juan’s fans have dubbed him “El Duro” (The Best) and “El Rey de Santo Domingo” (The Dominican King).

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Magic Juan

I love me some Magic Juan, talk about arroz con beans. Straight up ghetto spanglish music.His flow is so good that I never notice the language switch. He’s been bringing the fire since the Proyecto Uno days.

Ta Buena
“Si tu crees que tu sabes mami, ju know na'”

“Lucky me you aint wearin no draws”

Rompe La Pista!

and the newer one

Mil Horas

I must have missed this when it came out. I need to find this. With Reggaeton getting all the hype some of the older varieties of Latin hip hop are getting crowded out.

Magic Juan Readies Hip-Hop Masterpiece The Sure Bet, Tours The World, Preps Other Business Ventures; Second Album from Former Lead Vocalist of Latin Hip-Hop Pioneers Proyecto Uno Due Later This Year on M.O.B. Recordings

New York, NY–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–October 13, 2005–Magic Juan, former lead vocalist and composer of the internationally acclaimed group Proyecto Uno, is putting the finishing touches on his second solo album, the highly anticipated The Sure Bet. On the collection, which will be released later this year on emerging music powerhouse M.O.B. Recordings, Juan reveals his many personal and emotional dimensions.

Lead singles “Fish Grease” and “Mil Horas” are already heating up at radio.

As he prepares for the release of the follow-up to 2002’s La Prueba, Juan has been touring the world, most recently performing in front of legions of fans in Australia with Latin heavyweight Chayanne.

Later this year, Juan will hit the road with Ivy Queen, Don Omar and Daddy Yankee.

Showing his business skills stretch beyond music, Magic Juan will launch in 2006 his own a liquor brand, Gravity. The blue Long Island Iced Tea will be distributed and promoted internationally. He is also launching his own calling card, The Magic Juan Phone Card.

Magic Juan’s current ventures should not surprise his loyal fans. He wrote and rapped his way to No. 1 with Proyecto Uno on “Brinca!!,” “Latinos” and “El Tiburon,” which were wildly successful in South and Central America, Mexico, Europe and the United States. The Washington Heights, New York, native also flexed his acting skills in independent films such as Harlem Blues and Buscando Un Sueno with Lauren Velez.

In 2002, Magic Juan kept his music career hot by releasing La Prueba, which included the hits “La Ultima vez” with Eddy Herrera and “Meniando La Pera.” The album received a nomination for Urban Album of the Year and Juan was nominated as Artist of the Year for Univision’s 2004 Premios lo Nuestro Awards. “La Ultima vez” was also nominated for Tropical Song of the Year at the 2004 Latin Billboard Awards.

A testament to Juan’s accomplishments, the Latin Hip Hop Coalition, which aims at educating and defending artist rights, has just appointed Magic its New York Chairman. No wonder Juan’s fans have dubbed him “El Duro” (The Best) and “El Rey de Santo Domingo” (The Dominican King).

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