Heading to Austin in March for South by Southwest (SXSW)? This is the music fest’s 24th year, which means it’s bound to be a big ol’ party. A partial list of performers went out this week and it includes a respectable number of Latin acts. Here’s a quick crib sheet:
Amaral (Madrid, Spain) is a folk rock duo with a huge following in Spain. So far, they’ve released five successful albums but have never made a significant dent in the states. But that may change with this showcase.
Anita Tijoux (Santiago, Chile) is one of my favorite raperas. Her latest album, 1977 pays tribute to her year of birth and takes listeners back to the golden age of hip-hop.
Bajofondo (Buenos Aires, Argentina) don’t want to be known just for their electrotango sound, though that’s how we came to know and love them. To that end, the collective’s latest effort, Mar Dulce, was recorded all over the world and includes collabos with everyone from Elvis Costello to Japanese bandoneon player Ryota Komatsu.
Bomba Estereo (Bogotá, Colombia) set 2009 on fuego with their debut disc Blow-Up, a blend of cumbia, champeta, bullerengue with electronica, reggae and hip-hop. Vocalist “Li” Saumet’s fire-tinged voice is reason enough to pay attention.
Maldita Vencindad (Mexico City, Mexico) helped pioneer the alternative rock movement in Mexico City. After an 11-year absence from the studio, they recently released a new album titled Circular Colectivo, proving that these rockeros still have what it takes.
Mundo Livre SA (Recife, Brazil) combines samba, funk and punk rock to sing about politics and societal issues.
Natalia Lafourcade (Mexico City, Mexico) demonstrated she’s more than just bonita with her third production, Hu Hu Hu, a collection of songs “about love and falling out of love.
Systema Solar (Taganga, Colombia) brings the party to the party with their self-titled debut, which features booming Afro-Colombian rhythms with carnivalesque chaos and funny lyrics.
Check out this video of Systema Solar if you’re still debating whether to head to Texas or not: