Celebrating Black History Month, here are some of our favorite tracks celebrating Afro Latino heritage
As we enter week two of Black History Month, we’ve rounded up some of our all-time and current favorite Afro Latin tracks, classics that were not only performed by Black Latin artists, but that also celebrate Afro Latino culture. From Celia Cruz’s “Quimbara” to Danay Suárez’s “Yo aprendí;” from Grupo Niche’s quintessential “Cali Pachanguero” to “Rafa Pabón’s” “Sin Aire,” here are 10 tracks you need to add to your playlist.
Celia Cruz, "Quimbara" Live in Zaire, Africa, with Fania, 1974
So many songs by Cruz could and should be on this list. This time, we settled on her seminal “Químbara,” performed live with the Fania All Stars in Zaire in one of the most exhilarating performances ever by the “Queen of Salsa.” And, considering how top grade every Cruz performance was, this is no small compliment.