A Boogaloo Road Trip Playlist
Ever heard of Latin Boogaloo? I'm crazy about this spicy fusion music genre from the 1960s; it's having a moment again. The Boogaloo Assassins, LA's hottest crossover band, is playing in New York City at Nublu on August 1 during Fania Records 50th anniversary celebration. Drop by or download this road trip playlist they've created exclusively for T+L. Vamos!
1. "Aye Que Rico" by Boogaloo Assassins.
Watch the Boogaloo Assassins perform one of their hits on the rooftop at The Standard Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.
2. "El Pito (I'll Never Go Back to Georgia)" by Joe Cuba.
Start your trip with one of the all-time greatest hits by the father of Latin Boogaloo, Joe Cuba; this raucous descarga is an immediate party starter.
3. "Arrecotin Arrecotan" by Ismael Rivera.
Widely considered one of the greatest soneros (vocal improvisers), Puerto Rican singer Ismael Rivera's playful "Arrecotin Arrecotan" displays his virtuosity.
4. "Acid" by Ray Barretto.
Fania All-Star conguero Ray Barretto's funky instrumental from 1968 channels New York in the middle of August: sizzling hot and greasy.
5. "Heat" by Pucho and the Latin Soul Brothers.
Pucho, a.k.a Henry Brown, turns up the "Heat" in this moody instrumental evoking a 1970s-era detective film set in Spanish Harlem.
6. "Subway Joe" by Joe Bataan.
By the late 1960s one of the biggest stars in Latin music, Afro-Filipino Latin-Soul singer Joe Bataan sings "Subway Joe" and reminds us of what riding mass transit during summer is all about.
7. "Mira Ven Aca" by Johnny Colon & Orchestra.
No playlist of Latin Boogaloo is complete without "Mira Ven Aca." Colon makes mid-tempo cha-cha-cha sound impossibly easy.
8. "Eso Se Baila Asi" by Willie Colón.
Salsa superstar Willie Colón started playing Latin Boogaloo in his teens. Here "El Cantante" Hector Lavoe ironically laments: "Boogaloo no hay conmigo" (Boogaloo is not for me) backed by Colón's super-smooth band.
Shane Mitchell is T+L's lifestyle correspondent.