New music from Gente de Zona and Alex Anwandter
Latin American bangers are on tap this week with new music from Gente de Zona and Alex Anwandter, as talked about by Justino Aguila.
Artist: Gente de Zona
Album: "Visualizate" (Visualize)
Songs: "La Gozadera" (The Good Times) (feat. Marc Anthony)
"Algo Contigo" (Something with You)
Summary: Cuban group Gente de Zona, or People from the Neighborhood, have been on the music scene for about 15 years since their debut as musicians known for their Latin hip-hop sounds and for mixing reggaeton with traditional Latin rhythms.
Now, with the recent release of "Visualizate," the Havana-formed group continues to reach a global audience that began brewing in a major way after their 2014 collaboration with pop star Enrique Iglesias. That’s when they teamed up as part of the catchy and favorite nightclub anthem Bailando, which went on to rule the charts at it was heard around the world.
"Visualizate" includes 11 tracks in addition to two salsa versions of "La Gozadera" and "Traidora" (Traitor), tracks that feature Marc Anthony.
"La Gozadera" is a memorable song, but so is "Algo Contigo," which the group performed on the Billboard Latin Music Awards recently. Gente de Zona took home trophies for Tropical Song of the Year for "La Gozadera" and Tropical Songs Artist of the Year, Duo or Group.
Gente de Zona is comprised of Alexander Delgado and Randy Malcom Martinez. Their rich and vibrant compositions that move fast are even more elevated on stage. Their live stage performances, recently seen in Miami as part of Billboard Latin Music Conference & Awards week, the group was certainly the pride of Miami and Cuba.
Artist: Alex Anwandter
Songs: "Siempre Es Domingo en Mi Corazón" (It’s Always Friday in My Heart)
Summary: Chilean-born pop singer Alex Anwandter has shown that his versatility as a musician has made him one of the most exciting Latin indie recording artists out there. He writes, produces, composes and recently also released a feature at the Berlin Film Festival.
It's on his latest album, "Amiga," that the 33-year-old introduces audiences to 11 tracks of pop/synth/electro music, which is part of the whimsical appeal.
While the song "Siempre es Viernes en Mi Corazón" appears to be a simple but endearing pop song, it is Anwandter’s socially conscious offerings that often explore themes in support of LGBT issues as was the case four years ago with the release of the critically-acclaimed song "Cómo Puedes Vivir Contigo Mismo?" (How Can You Live with Yourself?), which includes a music video themed around 1990 American documentary "Paris is Burning."
In the latest album "Amiga," Anwandter continues to create music that’s danceable, but with strong themes as well. The song "Siempre es Viernes en Mi Corazón," includes lyrics such as "the church has sent me to hell and the congress thinks I’m sick."
In February, Anwandter won the Teddy Award for his first feature film "You’ll Never Be Alone." The work was inspired by the homophobic murder of 24-year-old Daniel Zamudio who was killed in 2012 by neo-Nazis in downtown Santiago.
Anwandter’s accessible songs have power behind them and based on early reports, his film, too, is bound to continue having impact.