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"Latin Noir": Melancholic Rarities From the Latin Music World

SOURCE: Published: 2013-01-14
Latin Noir invites the listener to an emotional discovery of melancholic rarities from the modern and traditional world of Latin Music.

Latin Noir presents the fifth edition of the exclusively packaged Série Noir by Piranha Musik in reference to an established genre for film and literature, darkly illuminating life's brooding, melancholy landscapes.

This compilation features a selection of happy sad musical treasures from Cuba, Argentina, Colombia, New York and both sides of the Mediterranean Sea. If you are looking for hip shakin‘, hands-in-the-air party music for your next holiday cruise, this album is not for you. Latin Noir much rather pays a gloomy homage to a new generation of the wretched of the earth and their Sisyphean journeys between shipwreck and redemption, despair and hope.

The various musical styles on this deeply emotional journey span from the earthy, almost tango-like melancholy of the North-Argentinian Accordion via longing love songs of the Cuban Trovato touching laments about boat-refugees in a modern Latin-Mediterranean tinge.

Accordion master and Latin Grammy nominee Chango Spasiuk opens Latin Noir with a tango-like melancholy of Argentinian Chamamé music that fuses complex rhythms of African and Creole-Spanish immigrants with those of indigenous Mbya-Guaraní Indians and MiddleEuropean settlers.

The Cuban Guaracha “La Negra Tomasa“ tells a tale about the haunting powers of the Mandinga culture, a tune that was made popular around the world by the Buena Vista Social Club
Buena Vista Social Club
Buena Vista Social Club

band/orchestra
under the title “Mandinga.“

Bonus track “La Patera“ by Watcha Clan concludes the album's journey with an emotional lament about the boat-refugees who try to break the borders between Africa and Europe.

The electro-jazz producer and DJ between Catania and Berlin curated Latin Noir with a particular sicilian perspective: The sea never reveals all its secrets...


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