Salsa Celtica - El Camino (Mega Blowout Sale)

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This is simultaneously the coolest thing I heard this week and the most insane thing I heard this week. Salsa Celtica are a Scottish group that plays salsa. Not only do they play salsa REALLY well but they do it with anywhere from small hints to huge patches of Celtic sounds peeking through the Cuban rhythms. This is really totally great and one of the most brilliantly UNconventional mash-ups ever. Recommended.

“When a band is said to be fusing Afro-Cuban salsa and Celtic music, someone who hasn't heard their work might expect either (1) something that is extremely unconventional, or (2) a total train wreck. But the music of Salsa Celtica is neither of those things; truth be told, Salsa Celtica is a solid, hard-swinging salsa band that just happens to be from Scotland. Their recordings have incorporated elements of Celtic music (both Scottish and Irish), and they have employed some instruments that are typically heard on traditional Celtic recordings (including bagpipes, Uillean pipes, banjos, fiddles and whistles). But the instruments that really do the most to define their sound--Latin percussion, piano, horns--are standard salsa/Afro-Cuban instruments.
Their primary influences aren't the Chieftains, Clannad or Tommy Makem, but rather, salsa stars like Tito Puente, Willie Colón, Rubén Blades, Celia Cruz, Ray Barretto and los Van Van. And most of the band's lyrics aren't in English or Gaelic--they're in Spanish, the dominant language of salsa and Afro-Cuban music. So when all is said and done, Salsa Celtica's sound is really about 90% Afro-Cuban and 10% Celtic; they're a salsa band with Celtic overtones.”-AllMusic
  • LabelDiscos Leon
  • UPC5038622112028
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