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My memories in music… Part 2

Carrying on with Georgina’s love affair with Latin Music. here are the remainder of her favourite tunes:

Orishas – Chan Chan

Chan Chan – the song made famous by Buena Vista Social Club. Orishas are Cuban born French rappers who give this beautiful song a poignant twist  and highlight the feelings of Cubans who love their country, but who have had to leave.

Mana – En el Muelle de San Blas

Mana have been massive in Latin America for as long as I can remember – they are the U2 of Latin America and every single country I have visited there knows and loves them. They are poets and their lyrics are just beautiful. Reminds me of the whole of Latin America and very happy times spent there!

Calle Real – Ya lo Se

This song just makes me want to go dancing – I cant ever sit still when I hear it!

Marc Antony – Ahora Quien

This is probably Marc Antony’s best known tune on the Salsa scene – everyone loves it and has to dance and sing along!

Los Confidenciales – Aceite Agua

Regaetton is so popular in all clubs and parties in Latin America. It  a reminds me of dancing in Cuba with my friends there and also with Cuban friends here in London.

Alejandro Fernandez – Canta Corazon

This man is huge in Mexico. The girls love him and his songs are typically romantically Mexican. I have a soft spot for him too!

Un Monton de Estrellas – Polo Montañez

I hear this song ever time I go to Cuba. Without fail, I hear it in the cafe you stop at on the road between Havana and Varadero called El Peñon, where all buses stop. This song is Cuba for me and the lyrics are so sweet. Polo Montañez was a poet.

Coldplay – Clocks (Salsa Version)

When I hear this song it takes me back to many happy times I spent in Isla Mujeres in Mexico. Our friend owned a cool lounge bar and used to play this album as we sat up on the roof sipping cocktails in the warm evening breeze.

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My memories in music….

Music is such an important part of life in Latin America, so its not surprising that their music brings back some incredible memories for so many of us. Georgina, destination specialist in our UK office, is more passionate that most about Latin American music and over the next few weeks she will reveal her favorite tracks and the memories surrounding them.

Marc Anthony – Vivir mi Vida

Marc Anthiny is, in my opinion, the best Latin artist. He always inspires me to dance and want to be surrounded by Latin vibes. His voice is like honey- Incredible!

Enrique Iglesias and Juan Luis Guerra – Cuando me Enamoro

Juan Luis Guerra is Dominican bachata singer whose music has been in my life since I was small. I love this song with Enrique Iglesias and the video starring well known Latina actress Ana Ortiz. It was the theme tune for a Mexican telenovela of the same name.

 Michel Telo – Ai Se Eu Te Pego

This song reminds me of amazing times in Brazil. It just captures all the fun I had and being so happy in that amazing country!

 Jorge  Aragao – Amor a Primeira Vista

I saw Jorge twice in concert in Rio. I was introduced to his music by friends when I lived there for 3 months. The second time I went, I met Ronaldinho, the world famous footballer in the audience. Jorge Aragao’s music is so gentle and chilled and just makes you feel relaxed and happy.

 Toke de Kada – Lamento Boliviano

I have loved this song for over 15 years and danced it with many lovely Latin friends. It brings back so many happy memories.

 Havana de Primera – Pasaporte

This song reminds me of a good friend of mine who is a dancer. It also reminds us of the social situation in Cuba, a country so full of contrasts. Beautiful dancing in the video as well, like only a Cubana knows how.

Los Van Van – Me Mantengo

Some Cuban friends of mine feature in this video . They are professional dancers. I love the beat – it’s pure earthy Cuban music.

La Charanga Habanera – Gozando en La Habana

These guys are the most popular boy band to come out of Cuba. Girls go wild for them. They are just great fun! I have seen them live here and in Cuba several times . They just make me want to get up and boogie!

That’s it for this week. More to come…


Cuban Fury

Georgina from our UK team is a huge Salsa fan. She spends most weekends frequenting London’s best Salsa clubs. There will be more tips from George on how to see the very best of Latin London, but this post is about her recent staring role.

Last summer I was lucky enough to be asked to be an extra in the UK’s first salsa based rom-com movie featuring Nick Frost, Chris O’Dowd, Ian McShane, Olivia Coleman, Kayvan Novak and Rashida Jones.

My good friends are the film’s choreographers and salsa dancers who appear prominently in the film (and on the promo poster!!) and it was through them I got to be an extra as a dancer in a salsa club scene! I have just seen the latest trailer and spotted myself at the end  – I have my hair tied up and I am wearing a black top with silver and gold sequins.

2 Cool Llamas

So, I guess by now that it’s pretty obvious that we’re bonkers about Latin America here at Chimu UK.  But, its not just the amazing landscapes, the beaches, the culture (I could go on) that we love. We love the unique and wacky side of Latin America. The mad animals, crazy dancing and all out love for life, that is completely infectious.

Here, because its Friday (and because we’ve been laughing at it all afternoon) are two very cool Llamas…

Enjoy 🙂