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Amoeba Hollywood World Music Best Sellers For January & February 2011

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, March 5, 2011 11:00pm | Post a Comment
                                                                                      
   1. Afrocubism-S/T
   2. V/A-Rise Of Bossa Nova
   3. Celso Piña-Sin Fecha De Caducidad
   4. Serge Gainsbourg-Historie De Melody Nelson
   5. Eydie Gorme Y Los Panchos-Cantan En Español
   6. V/A-Psych Funk: Sa-Ra Ga!
   7. V/A-Sofrito
   8. Enrique Iglesias-Eurphoria
   9. Cristan Castro-Viva El Principe
  10. V/A-Pomegranates

Hands down the biggest world music seller over the last three months has been the Afrocubism CD. However, giving it a good chase is The Rise Of Bossa Nova compilation on Soul Jazz Records. There's a CD version, two separate double LP sets and a book (all sold separately) with all the classic original Bossa Nova tracks that DJ’s have brought back into circulation over the last ten years.

Celso Piña’s excellent in-store performance on February 17th fueled the sales of his latest release, Sin Fecha De Caducidad. Although Celso’s performance was high-octane Cumbia, Sin Fecha is an album that is both subtle and sublime, with more Son and Paseo than Cumbia. Special guest vocalists on the album include the likes of Latin Alternative darlings Natalia LaFourcade and Ely Guerra, rockero Alex Lora and even a great performance by former talk show host and Latin gay icon Laura Leon.

Speaking of Latin gay icons, Ricky Martin’s Musica+Alma+Sexo is out now and along with Enrique Iglesias' Euphoria and Cristian Castro's Viva El Principe, shows that the Latin Pop machine continues to thrive while other pop genres in World Music are quickly losing steam.

On the World Music hipster tip, the latest Soundway Records release, Cartegena!, is out now. Cartegena! focuses on the music of Colombia with vintage Cumbia and Descargas from the Discos Fuentes label. This is easily as good or perhaps even a little better than Soundway’s brilliant Colombia! compilation that was released a few years back.

Coming out on March 8th is the latest release from Portuguese diva Ana Moura, entitled Colliseu. Also out on 3/8 will be another Psyche-Funk compilation on Now Again entitled Those Shocking Shaking Days, which is a look at Indonesia’s various underground 70s musical scenes. This release is heavy duty and much better than the average World Psyche releases. Finally, March 8 will bring new Fania LP reissues from Tito Puente, Vaya Puente, and Tipica 73’s self-titled.

March 15th brings us a release from legendary Malian guitarist Boubacar Traore, Mali Denhou. Nacional Records brings us two Los Amigos Invisibles related projects; Not So Commercial is a collection of remixes and b-sides from Los Amigos Invisibles’ Commercial album, and DJ Afro, Los Amigos Invisibles' guitarist and composer, releases his own solo album, Free. DJ Afro is the best part of Los Amigos Invisibles and is known across the world as one of the best house music remixers.

March 22nd has Reggaetoneros Alexis & Fido's latest, Perreologia, and another in the many tributes to Fela Kuti, this one by Mamud Band and called Opposite People: The Music Of Fela Kuti. Mexican bad girl Gloria Trevi returns, blonde and fierce, with Gloria, her first album since 2007's Una Rosa Blu. Fania Records will release the soundtrack to John Leguizamo’s Broadway play, Ghetto Klown: Music From My Hood that features many classic Fania cuts. Just in case you want to see John Leguizamo’s play, it currently running at The Lyceum Theatre in Manhattan.

For the last release date in March (3/29) we will have the domestic release of Hello Seahorse!'s latest, Legos: No Tan Legos. 21 year-old Corrido phenomenon Gerardo Ortiz will release a live version of last year’s hit, Morir Y Exstistir, entitled Morir Y Existir En Vivo. Lastly, there will be yet another Fania compilation, this time released by Strut Records out of England; Fania Records 1964-1980: Original Sound is a two CD/2 LP set of all the gems you come to love from the beloved Salsa label.

Coming in April, the latest from Mana, Aventura and Cachao’s final recording, The Last Mambo!

Amoeba Hollywood World Music Charts

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, December 3, 2009 12:57am | Post a Comment
Since I skipped October’s World Music bestseller chart last month, I decided to make a comprehensive chart that includes the best sellers for both October and November.

1. Poncho Sanchez - Psychedelic Blues
2. Shakira - She Wolf
3. Bomba Estereo – Blow Up
4. Rodrigo Y Gabriela –11:11
5. Bebel Gilberto – All In One
6. Gustavo Cerati – Fuerza Natural
7. Mercedes Sosa – Cantora
8. Aventura – Last
9. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou - Echos Hypnotiques Vol. 2
10. Buika - El Ultimo Trago

Both Poncho Sanchez and Bomba Estereo had recent successful instore performances at Amoeba Hollywood and their chart positions reflect that, with each of them coming in at number one and three respectfully. Shakira was a no-brainer at number two, as people have been waiting for She Wolf since rumors of its release over the summer. Her chart position is a cumulative number based on sales of the import version and the domestic release. Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Bebel Gilberto, Gustavo Cerati, Aventura and Mercedes Sosa continue to sell well into December. Wow, can you believe it is December already?

Here is a chart just for the month of November:

1. Bomba Estereo-Blow Up
2. Shakira-She Wolf
3. Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou-Echos Hypnotiques Vol. 2
4. V/A -Ghana Special: Modern Highlife, Afro Sounds & Ghanaian Blues 1968-91
5. Buika–El Ultimo Trago
6. Rodrigo Y Gabriela –11:11
7. V/A - Panama! Vol.3
8. Poncho Sanchez -Psychedelic Blues
9. Bebel Gilberto –All In One
10. Eydie Gorme Y Los Panchos–Cantan En Español

Soundway Records has two new compilations on the charts. At number four is Ghana Special: Modern Highlife, Afro Sounds & Ghanaian Blues 1968-91, which comes in a two CD set or a five LP set with tracks not available on the CD. I have to say the LP set looks mighty impressive and I just might have to drop some bones for that one. At number seven is the third volume of Panama! Series, which I have dropped some money on and it was well worth it. The Panama! Series seems to get better with each volume.

Buikas latest, El Ultimo Trago, is a tribute to the great Costa Rican/Mexican singer Chavela Vargas. Buika's tribute comes from all the right places. Not only can both singers interpret songs like no other (mostly singing songs traditionally meant for men to sing for women) but both are open with their sexuality, as Vargas has been out for many years and Buika is bisexual. Chavela calls Buika “my black daughter” and says, “She has the most amazing and personal voice I have heard in many years.” El Ultimo Trago is also a collaboration between Buika and Chucho Valdes, the infamous Cuban pianist, who I compare most to Herbie Hancock as far as diversity in compositional skills and arrangements. With Chucho's guidance, Buika is able to bring to life all the classic rancheras and boleros that Chavela has made popular since her first recordings in the early sixties.

Some new releases to watch out for December are Manu Chao’s two CD/one DVD live album, Baionarena, Alejandro SanzParaiso Express and Draco Rosa’s Draco.

Amoeba Hollywood World Music Chart July 1st-12th

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, July 13, 2009 01:42am | Post a Comment
Amoeba Hollywood World Music Chart July 1st-12th

1. Aventura- The Last
2. Los Amigos Invisible- Commercial
3. V/A- Panama! Vol. 2
4. Manu Chao- Clandestino
5. V/A- Nigeria Special: Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds and Nigerian Blues
6. Federico Aubele- Amatoria
7. V/A- Nigeria Disco Funk Special
8. V/A Rudo Y Cursi Soundtrack
9. Oumou Sangare- Seya
10. Wisin & Yandel- La Revolucion

The Amoeba World Music charts for July 1st- 12th shows that if it isn’t Latino, it’s Africano. With the exception of Manu Chao, the rest of the releases come from either Latin America or the continent of Africa. Coming in at #1, as expected, was Aventuras The Last, which has slowed down just a tad since its initial release. Los Amigos Invisibles comes in at number two, followed by yet another Soundway compilation, Panama! Vol. 2. In fact, the Soundway label not only has three releases in our top ten, but several releases in our top twenty-five. The Panama! Vol. 2 compilation ranks up there with the excellent Colombia & Nigeria Special Series. This comp focuses on the post-Panama Canal Caribbean, Afro-American and South American influences on Panama. At this point I have to say it’s better and a bit deeper than Vol.1.

The number six slot goes to the Argentine folk-electro Federico Aubele and number eight to the the Rudo Y Cursi soundtrack. I finally got to check out the movie after many people I respect gave it a poor review. I thought it was good, but noticed that the Spanish to English translation was spotty at best. If one had to rely on subtitles for the movie, I could understand why the movie was underappreciated.

At number nine is Oumou Sangare, another great voice from the Mali region. This is her first album in quite some time. I have been looking forward to seeing her perform one day in Los Angeles, but, as with most African and Latin American artists, visas are hard to come by these days, although it’s not like the Bush administration post 9-11 days, during which they flat-out refused to issue visas to most non-European artists. Now, they will eventually grant the visas, but it takes so long to grant them that most artists have to cancel their tours that they have planned in the U.S. The latest victims of the new administration have been Orchestra Baobab from Senegal and Silvio Rodriguez from Cuba. Silvio was invited to play Pete Seeger’s 90th Birthday celebration in May, only to be granted the visa way too late to be part of it. Orchestra Baobab was to perform at the Santa Monica Pier, an event that Amoeba had a booth at, but it was also cancelled. Music has no borders, but unfortunately, nations do.

Hot new releases, ready to enter the charts:

V/A- ANALOG AFRICA No.5 - Legends Of Benin
V/A- Black Rio 2
V/A- The World Is Shaking: Cubanismo From The Congo, 1954-55
Chico Sonido- S/T
Bomba Estereo- Blow Up