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Hispanic Heritage Month Music CDs

Here's just a small sample of 2009 and 2010 releases of both old and new music from the Spanish-speaking world.

Barretto, Ray
Indestructible
COMPACT DISC La Bar 35849
Superman of the congas Barretto leads his group through this album of 1970s salsa.
 
España
COMPACT DISC If Esp 36170
To hear a sampler of what is going on in current Spanish music, Putumayo has collected pop songs from Spain from the last five years.
 
Fania All Stars
Fania All Stars, San Juan 73
COMPACT DISC La Fan 35839
A super group of New York salsa stars made a triumphant visit in 1973 to Puerto Rico to the stadium named for Roberto Clemente. Larry Harlow's piano solo of strange scales and tone clusters in the track "Mi Debilidad" is beyond comprehension.
 
Los Texmaniacs
Borders Y Bailes
COMPACT DISC La Tex 36160
The Texmaniacs play a style of music called conjunto that's like a combination of Mexican folk music mixed with polka. Hear the accordion in a way you might not be used to.
 
Son de Madera
Son de mi Tierra
COMPACT DISC If Son 36163
These Mexican folk songs feature the jarana and requinto, a type of harp and guitar.
 
¡Y Que Viva Venezuela! Maestros del Joropo Oriental
COMPACT DISC If Y 36161
In addition to the great classical music produced by Venezuela's El Sistema program, you can also listen to the region's traditional folk dance, the joropo.