5 Latino Musicians to Watch in 2017


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To jump start your sonic new year, here are five of our favorite musicians with recent singles from all around Latin America and the U.S. Add these artists to your music streaming service, or listen out for their sounds on the radio.

Verny Varela

Latest single: “Vive el momento”

Hails From: Cali, Colombia

“We recently chatted with Verny Varela, the multifaceted composer, arranger, and performer who traces his musical roots back to Cali, Colombia. In true Cali style, Verny started out his career with major influences from the old school salsa stars like ‎El Gran Combo and Fania All-Stars before branching out to incorporate the more modern sounds of salsa choke in his music. This evolution of salsa pa’ la calle incorporates urban and African sounds into Cali’s traditional salsa scene, reflecting its diverse origins and populations.

Verny has also experimented with other musical genres, especially while working with and performing as a part of the Thievery Corporation band, which incorporates trip-hop, acid jazz, and electronica sounds. He has performed worldwide—from South America to Europe to his current home in Washington, D.C., where he teaches in the Department of World Languages and Cultures at Howard University.”  Read More.

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