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El Barrio - Sounds From The Spanish Harlem Streets

by Terry Cornot
Issue No. 2078

Young Lords in Harlem

Young Lords in Harlem

The El Barrio series collects salsa music from the 1960s and 1970s. This latest album concentrates on the period of revolutionary action after 1968.

The Black Panther party inspired other organisations, including the Young Lords in Spanish Harlem.

The music here reflects that radicalism, with political lyrics and infectious rhythms. Tracks include “Revolucionando”, “Rise Up” and “Here Comes The Judge”.

Ranging from blaxploitation cheesiness with Jimi Sabater to the straight salsa of Tito Puente, the album is rich with evocative influences from funk, soul and jazz.

A must for every rhythmic revolutionary.

El Barrio – Sounds From The Spanish Harlem Streets
Various artists
CD out now

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Tue 20 Nov 2007, 18:58 GMT
Issue No. 2078
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