Latin music, with its horn-flava'd intracies, complex and busy rhythms and sunny vibes has recently been embraced by Gospel artists ranging from 1NC ("Nobody"), The Kurt Carr Singers ("In the Sanctuary"), Excelsior, Daryl Coley and Beloved and many more.
With its irresistable stylings and infusion of sizzle, it's been welcomed into the urban arena, perhaps due to the relative ease in integration and natural flow that it imparts, along with its draw to dance.
Recent months have seen an abundance of new Latin and Latin flava'd Gospel projects to choose from. Notably, there has been a surge of projects from hispanic-rooted artists, those with the ability to deliver the real thing. The Miami-based Latin Christian label, One Voice in particular has shown incredible promise with its growing roster.
So, if Latin's got your ear, check out the following projects.
The Alvaro Lopez Project
Taking on the responsibilities of producer and collaborator, renowned percussionist Alvaro Lopez brings an eclectic mix of music to the table, as he spirals us into a gorgeous mix of authentic Latin sounds courtesy of his sizzling Res-Q Band, plus some of the finest players available (Abraham Laboriel, Nando Hernandez, Tower of Power) and a roster of vocal talent (ilAna Garces, Abel Orta).
The project moves from frenetic cuts such as "Life Is Short" with all its brassy fury, to the percussive "Lo Que Sone" to a funk-based "Life Me Up" and the urban keyboard/vocals dream "Res-Q". In between, there's some great instrumental stopovers ("Smooth Jam", "Jazz Jam") and some fascinating rootsy jams ("Albare al Senor"). With plenty of spice, driving rhythms, jazzed flows and some great vocals-based grooves, most of this material would easily find its way onto any urban Gospel DJ's playlist.
Dance El Ritmo
On his first English language album, vocalist Freddie Colloca picks up where he left off on his much acclaimed Spanish language projects. Predominantly Latin pop but with a definite flair for the exotic urban, Dance El...
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By New Artist- Gospel Jazz by HL Steins
An independent Christian songwriter/recording artist whose gospel music combines vocal choral with the exuberance of Latin hand/stick drums and effects, accentuated with passion from brass horns and founded upon the rhythmic licks of stringed instruments and keys.
Through the grace of God he has written/released several songs like the precious song mentioned above and âJesus Said Comeâ. Those who have listened have claimed that these tunes are filled with Bible truths, very moving and very powerful