Ana Montiel

The Music of National Hispanic Heritage Month: A Retrospective

Ana MontielThe month that occurs between September 15 and October 15 is officially known as National Hispanic Heritage Month. For me, this past month has been filled with delicious food (tamales!!!), awesome salsa nights at the ‘Sco, and a great playlist of Latin artists on my iPod. As National Hispanic Heritage Month comes to a close, here is a mix of great music by Latin artists, perfect for anytime of the year.

1. Pacha Massive – “Don’t Let Go” from All Good Things

Pacha Massive is a duo from New York with Dominican and Colombian roots. “Don’t Let Go” was the first single from their debut album.

2. Cineplexx – “Nueva Sombra” from Nuevahola

Cineplexx is the dream pop project of Sebastián Litmanovich, an Argentine singer-songwriter.

3. Zigmat – “Machine” from Sounds of Machines

These synth rockers have a Puerto Rican lead singer, Monica Rodriguez.

4. El Guincho – “FM Tan Sexy” from Pop Negro

El Guincho is the alias of Spanish born musician Pablo Díaz-Reixa, who uses a lot of samples and incorporates genres such as afrobeat and tropicália into his music.

5. MITI MITI – “Ropa Vieja” from Altar Espandex

This duo from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic mix electronic sounds with traditional Latin genres.

Miti Miti

6. Monareta – “Llama” from Picotero

This group from Columbia has some funky electronic sounds.

7. Davila 666 – “Sabes Que Quiero” from Primero Muerta

Puerto Rican punk band. Enough said.

8. Carla Morrison – “Una Salida” from Mientras Tu Dormias

Pop singer from Mexico with some great melancholy songs.

9. Los Macuanas – “Ritmo de Amor” from Ritmo de Amor

Mexican folk electronica.

10. Mala Rodriguez – “Yo No Mata El Tiempo” from Dirty Bailarina

Female rapper from Spain!!!

11. Maluca – “El Tigeraso” from El Tigeraso

Dominican-American artist who busted on the scene with her club hit “El Tigeraso”

Blast this playlist, and let Hispanic Heritage Month 2011 go out with a bang!

-Anais Stewart