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Gaby Moreno

Gaby Moreno’s new album, Illustrated Songs, continues her love affair with the sounds of the blues, soul and jazz that captivated her as a girl. Although she was born and raised in Guatemala, it was the sounds of the American South that inspired her to become a songwriter and recording artist. “I heard an African American woman singing on the street in New York City when I was younger. I just froze. When I asked her what she called that music, she looked at me and said, ‘That’s the blues, honey.’”

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Little Joe

Three artists are known as Little Joe 1. José María De León Hernández, known professionally as Little Joe is an American performer. He is usually joined by his band Y La Familia Borrachera. In 1992, their album 16 de Septiembre earned the Award for Best Mexican-American Performance. 2. A band called Little Joe was formed in November 2003 in the city of São Paulo, Brazil. A formação atual consiste em Lou (voz), Lari (guitarra), Júnior (baixo e voz) e Rick (bateria).

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Molotov

Molotov is a Mexican rock and hip hop band formed on September 23, 1995 in Mexico City. Their lyrics feature a mixture of Spanish and English, rapped and sung by all members of the group. Musically, Molotov blends heavy basslines, flamenco guitar riffs and turntable scratches. Molotov is often regarded the Latin response to Rage Against the Machine. Many songs, such as "Gimme Tha Power" and "Frijolero", are politically inspired.

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Fight The Bear

This four-piece band from Bishops Castle, Shropshire fuse together a modern stomping approach on the ska, rock, punk and indie genres. Fight The Bear’s sound is centered on infectious grooves with cheeky and colourful riffs alongside unique singing styles ranging from catchy shout along vocals to complex vocal harmonies. Taking influence from all styles of music from around the world, Fight The Bear always exhibit something interesting to listen to.

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Egberto Gismonti

Egberto Amin Gismonti (born December 5, 1947 in Carmo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is a composer, guitarist and pianist. Gismonti began his formal music studies at the age of six on piano. After studying music for 15 years, he went to Paris to study orchestration and analysis with Nadia Boulanger and the composer Jean Barraqué, a disciple of Arnold Schönberg and Anton Webern. After his return to Brazil, Gismonti began to explore other musical genres.

Read more about Egberto Gismonti on Last.fm.

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Bwana

Bwana are an obscure psychedelic-funk-jazz-rock band from Nicaragua circa 1970-1972. Lots of Latin percussion, acid rock guitar, jammin' organ. Spanish language vocals for the most part, although actually the majority of this consists of instrumental grooves. Bwana must have been a hot live band. There's certainly many flashes of acid-psych intensity but this really will appeal more surely to the Dusty Grooves/lounge crowd than those only hoping for the real freaked-out stuff. More Santana than Mutantes, in other words, and strongly psychedelicized.

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Willie Colon

William Anthony Colon is a Puerto Rican salsa music icon. First and foremost a trombonist, also sings, writes, produces and acts. He is also involved in municipal politics in New York City. Colon was born in the Bronx, New York in April 28 1950, to Puerto Rican parents. He picked up the trumpet from a young age, and later switched to trombone, inspired by the all-trombone sound of Mon Rivera and -at least during a specific period in the 1960s- that of Eddie Palmieri. He was bullied in his neighborhood because of this, and had to defend himself quite often from gang members.

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Papa Noel

Papa Noel (whose stage name comes from the fact he was born Antoine Nedule Monswet on Christmas day 1940) is a veteran of the golden age of Congolese music. In the 1940s and 50s Congolese rumba, until then performed traditionally on lokole log drum and sanza thumb piano was modernised by a group of pioneers. They transformed it by playing it on electric guitar, Latin congas and brass instruments.

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