Here's a YouTube playlist of these songs for continuous listening
ORLANDO CACHAITO LOPEZ - Tumbanga [World Circuit Records]
Cuban bassist Cachaíto, from the Buena Vista social Club really hits the nail on the head with Latin Jazz. Just imagine you’re in a strange place where the groove lives on forever lol. I really am a sucker for the double bass.
MALENA – More Afro [Freestyle Records]
A latin disco revival is here, and there’s no way this can’t improve any night of dancing. It also makes me want to get some maracas.
LOS ÁNGELES AZULES & XIMENA SARIÑANA – Mis Sentimientos [Sony Music México]
This song is a Mexican national treasure. I seriously have not met one Mexican who has not loved this song. And they have a point. Although the lyrics detail a brutal heartbreak, the song never fails to make me happy.
CESARIA EVORE - Angola (Carl Craig Remix) [Lusafrica]
Although I’m not usually one for remixing the classics, this mix lets Cape Verdean singer Cesaria Evora’s voice reach your heart while a house rhythm reaches your hips.
ONDATROPICA – Lazalypso [Soundway Records]
This album, ‘Baile Bucanero’ brings up feelings of the Caribbean naval stories pirates, shipwrecks and cheeky fun. Ondatrópica is made up of English producer Quantic and Colombian Mario Galeano from Frente Cumbiero and with the help of top quality Latin American musicians, so you can tell it’s really well put together.
NICOLA CRUZ - Tzantza [Multi Culti]
Nicola Cruz brings indigenous Latin American influences, mostly Ecuadorian, to the club. I love how the marimba in this creates a twilight vibe and gently brings you into the song. You need to close your eyes to dance to this.
NOVEDADES CARMINHA - Cariñito [Ernie Records]
This is my number one Cumbia song, although this version by Spanish rock group has done a more Indie take on it. Cumbia music originated on the Caribbean coasts of Central America, beginning within the Afro-American slave communities and mixing Amerindian, African and European sounds.