¡En sus marcas! À vos marques!: Tour the Americas with Music
Welcome to Haitian Creole 101 by Wyclef Jean
This is a full-fledged Caribbean album that careens from style to style showcasing glints of everything from reggaeton to cumbia without ever succumbing to the confines of a single style. It's really an amazing listen, especially if you're at all attracted to Caribbean music. All Music Guide.
Wátina by Andy Palacio and the Garifuna Collective
Soul-stirring melodies and vibrant grooves from the Garifuna community of Central America unite the musical legacies of Africa and the Caribbean to create a powerful saga of exile, longing, hope and celebration.
Anthology by Jimmy Cliff
This compilation gives a good sense of Cliff's career as a whole, revealing his talents as a songwriter and his ability to use Jamaican rhythms to make a music palatable to pop audiences around the world. All Music Guide.
Tango 3.0 by Gotan
The Gotan Project has constructed yet another beautiful melange of traditional Argentinean tango, dub, jazz and electronics.
Mundial by Daddy Yankee
Daddy Yankee says he set out to make a Mundial CD with an Urban flavor, one that includes the influence from all the countries that have given me their vibe.
Musical Traditions of St. Lucia, West Indies: Dances and Songs from a Caribbean Island
Intricate and driving rhythms and moving melodies combine with French, English, and African echoes.
Marimba Music of Guatemala by Chapinlandia
These catchy melodies, sentimental harmonies, and dance rhythms are the signature of Guatemala's national musical instrument that drew from the African, Indian, and Ladino (creole) roots of Central America's colonial past.
The Central Park Concert by Astor Piazzolla
Frequent Flyer: Ipanema
Brazilian music has always been a big influence for electronica artists. On this CD, the music is relaxing and warm, the beat's steady, and the whole thing is fun. All Music Guide.
5 Piano Concertos by Heitor Villa-Lobos
American Music: The HighTone Records Story
Few if any other record labels have been as steadfastly dedicated to the propagation of American roots music as HighTone. HighTone unleashed not only superb albums of modern blues but also no-nonsense folk, rock, country, and numerous subgenres thereof -- all of it, essentially, non-trendy, organic music created by both established and young upstarts. All Music Guide.
And, coming soon: Books to nurture your passion for the Americas and to get familiar with the rich cultures of the Western Hemisphere! Plus, Fresh City Life presents Street Food: Cooking Demos and the Salsa Wars!