Posted by: Jena Davison | May 24, 2012

A Sampling of Latin American Music

Since living in Latin America, I have been treated to a whole new eclectic range of music and have expanded my music library considerably to include Spanish-language and Portuguese-language music. Latin America encompasses a huge surface area that produces such a diverse mix of steamy and dance-inducing beats, including salsa, merengue, samba, tango and cumbia. Innovative musicians have merged these genres with electronic music and other musical styles to create truly interesting and progressive tunes. These songs provide a unique contrast to the commercial reaggaeton and Latin pop music that blast from beach-side and bar speakers on a daily basis–the ones you are probably sick of hearing by now if you live here.  This is a sampling of some of the bands/musicians I have come to know about during my time here, enjoy!

Bajofondo Tango Club-An electronic-tango fusion band from Argentina

Calle 13– A Grammy-winning duo from Puerto Rico with a mix of Reggaeton, Latin rap and Latin pop influences

Bomba Estereo– An electronic-cumbia fusion band from Colombia

Orishas– A Cuban alternative hip-hop band

Curumin– A Brazilian musician who incorporates samba, jazz, hip hop and other styles into his Portuguese language songs

Illya Kuryaki And The Valderramas- A 1990s funk duo from Argentina

Daddy Yankee– A popular reggaeton artist from Puerto Rico

Gondwana– A chilled-out reggae band from Chile with romantic lyrics

Rodrigo y Gabriela– A talented flamenco guitar duo from Mexico

Yuri Buenaventura & Band– A salsa band from Colombia

Babasónicos– An alternative rock group from Argentina

Fuego-A solo Dominican-American reggaeton artist

Sudakaya- A ska/punk-reggae band from Ecuador


  1. Hey Jena!

    I really enjoy your blog and have found it really helpful and interesting. I move to Quito in five days and it has made helped to answer questions and general curiosities. Keep up the amazing blogging!


    PS: Sweet beats.

    • Hi John!

      So glad my blog has been of help to you. If you have any specific questions, or would like to meet for coffee or a drink when you get here in a few days, email me at Otherwise, hope you have an awesome time living in Quito!


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