Listen to Tracks From the 'Narcos' Season 3 Soundtrack

Pedro Pascal as Javier Peña in Narcos
Juan Pablo Gutierrez/Netflix

Pedro Pascal as Javier Peña in Narcos.

The new season of the Netflix series takes place in Cali. It's time for some salsa.

The third season of Narcos, which premieres on Netflix Sept. 1, focuses on the Cali drug cartel. We’re going to hear some salsa.

“Cali is a salsa city,” says Jamar Chess of Sunflower Entertainment/Spirit Music Latino, who has worked closely with Narcos music supervisors Liza Richardson and Marc Mondello on sourcing tracks for the series since season one. Chess has overseen the licensing of more than 100 songs from his catalog for Narcos, many from the archives of the great Colombian label Discos Fuentes. “We focused on local artists and songs from the region to complement the storyline.”

The tracks include Orquesta Guayacan’s “Oiga Mire Vea,” an ode to the city’s nightlife and women ("you won't see an ugly one") that Richardson calls “a Cali classic.”

In addition to a good dose of the Cali sound, the episodes include music from artists popular throughout Latin America, including Ecuador’s Julio Jaramillo and Cuban bolero composer José Antonio Mendez, whose “La Gloria Eres Tú” is one of Richardson’s season favorites.

Here, exclusively for Billboard, Chess reveals some musical highlights from Narcos season three.

“Oiga Mire Vea,” Orquesta Guayacán (FM Entretenimiento)

“It sets the tone for the season and really captures the energy of the city.” 

“Amor Profundo,” Julio Jaramillo (Discos Fuentes)

“This song was pulled from the vaults of Discos Fuentes and has never been licensed before. The use of Julio Jaramillo’s songs is a personal season favorite, a true throwback to another era in time. His vintage sound is so cinematic and works perfect in the scenes.”

“Sobre las Olas,” The Latin Brothers (Discos Fuentes)

"A Cali salsa hit, with original lead singer Piper Pimienta along with Joe Arroyo and Julio Ernesto Estrada Rincón 'Fruko,' who carried the launch of the group's success in 1974."

“Tarde lo Conoci,” Patricia Teheran (Codiscos)

"Vallenato from the Cartagena native Patricia Teheran."

“En Silencio Te Amaré,” El Combo de las Estrellas (Codiscos)

“Colombian salsa in pure form.”  

“Echao Pa’ Lante,” Joe Arroyo y La Verdad (Discos Fuentes)

“Classic Joe Arroyo -- his iconic sound resonates throughout Colombia. Arroyo’s songs have been licensed multiple times throughout season one and two.”


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