Bajofondo Tango Club – headed by the very, very talented and two-time Academy Award winner (and a host of other awards) Gustavo Santaolalla, I had the pleasure of seeing Bajofondo perform Los Tangueros, my favorite jam of theirs, live, in downtown Buenos Aires, right in front of the Obelisco, on the national holiday of 25 de Mayo. An emotional and energetic Mr. Santaolalla made the night unforgettable. This 8 person electrotango collective will remind you a lot of Gotan Project.
Federico Aubele – signed by Thievery Corporations label 18th Street Lounge Music, I like Federico Aubele’s music almost as much as I like Thievery, and Thievery is one of my favorite bands. I took an immediate liking to Federico’s soothing guitar and voice, and the only thing better to listen to as you peruse the streets of Buenos Aires might be Manu Chao. Aubele's En Cada Lugar is a great tune, simple and elegant.
En Cada Lugar
Natalia Clavier – Also signed by 18th Lounge, Natalia features heavily in Federico Aubele’s albums, but her own debut effort, Nectar, is pretty damn good. Check out Azul, my favorite song of hers. Her voice is like honey. Oh, and she happens to be married to Federico Aubele.
Kevin Johansen & The Nada – Kevin Johansen brings a fresh, folksy approach to Argentine rhythms, and he might remind you of Jehro. Born in Alaska but to an Argentine mother and an American father, he moved to Buenos Aires when he was 12 and later in life got involved in the local rock scene. His music spans a variety of genres, but my favorite is La Cumbiera Intelectual, featuring the cumbia rhythm, native to Argentina.
Anyways, enough with the diversion (but I can’t shake the feeling that diversions like this one might happen again). Back to music in Portuguese!
- Photo by Yeraze