We’re still celebrating our Artist Of The Month – the wonderfully talented singer-songwriter Diana Gameros. Coming up tomorrow is an exclusive poster giveaway and on Thursday we’re offering the incredible chance to spend some time in the studio with Diana.
Today, however, we asked Diana to pick her five favorite videos from the BAMM.tv archives. Here are her choices …
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If you’ve been paying attention this week - and we hope you have, because there’ll be a test afterwards – you’ll know that singer-songwriter Diana Gameros is our Artist Of The Month. As well as exclusive interviews, performances and giveaways, we also asked Diana to reveal her favorite music of the moment. Here’s what she had to say:
Want to hear them for yourself? Just click that ‘more’ button and let’s go …
We’re happy to announce that wonderful singer-songwriter Diana Gameros is our Artist Of The Month. Yesterday we featured an exclusive in-depth article and interview with Diana, and – later this week – we’ve got some amazing giveaways in store (including the chance to see Diana live, and even to spend time with her in the studio!).
Today, however, we’re simply going to show you why we’re such big fans. Here’s a special message from Diana herself:
And click on ‘more’ to see a selection of performances from the BAMM.tv archives, as well as Diana’s appearance in our exclusive documentary ‘City Of Fog’. Sit back, chill out and enjoy …
One of the things we’re most proud of here at BAMM.tv is our amazing roster of Latino artists – and 2012 has only seen this expand with the addition of yet more great music. As such, we’re pleased to present a selection of the best as our ninth post during the 12 Days Of BAMM, our celebratory lead-up to Christmas – featuring our favorites such as Monsieur Perine, La Santa Cecilia, Sol Pereyra and Rocío Peña. Enjoy!
Here’s another look at what the BAMM.tv team are listening to right now. This week, we asked BAMM Latino producer Sonia to share her current recommendations …
1. No Quise Mirar (Déjenme llorar, 2012) – Carla Morrison
The first time I heard this artist I wasn’t very into the tone of her voice, but after listening to a couple of songs, I realized that the tone only emphasized, for me, the melancholic nature of her music. This song, in particular, I enjoy because the lyrics speak about the moment of loss where we realize that things were falling apart but we were refusing to open our eyes, and see reality.
2. Love Created I (Challenges, 2008) – Tarrus Riley
I have many questions about religion and this song states very simply one of the many points I feel: “Don’t tell me, I was born in sin and shaped in inequity when love created I.” Also, I love that the inspiration for this songs come from words of Marcus Garvey.
3. Yo aprendí (Polvo de la Humedad, 2012) – Danay Suarez
Elegant clarity on a difficult issue. Cuban rappers are on the frontier of expressing social and political issues.
4. Resumen de los 90 (Haciendo Historia, 2009) – Habana D’ Primera
The first time I heard this song, there was no way I could ignore the power of the “new” band. Here was a new flavor but winning me over by having a song praising and quoting all the songs that make me miss my times back home.
5. Sina (Ao Vivo no Morro, 2009) – Grupo Revelacao
For those of you worried that ‘Bang Data’ was going to be a piece of particularly lewd Star Trek fan-fiction, stay calm. (Is that the best pun we’ve ever made on this blog? I think it might well be).
We’re happy to report that Bang Data are infact a brilliant SF musical trio whose blend of bilingual rap-rock really deserves your attention. Fronted by Nicaraguan rapper Deuce Eclipse – who started his first rap group way back when he was in sixth-grade – they provide a heady brew of form-shifting and international flavour. Expect slick guitar, gritty synth, and cool electro-acoustic rhythms.
By the way, this awesome track was also featured in the soundtrack to an episode of ‘Breaking Bad’ (very possibly the greatest TV show ever made. Yes, better than The Wire and Mad Men. That good.). Season 4, Episode 10, if you want to check it out. After watching this video first, of course …
We’ve been dropping weekend treats your way quite regularly of late – last Saturday and Sunday saw two new BAMM In-Depth features to get your teeth into, and today we’re unleashing a great live performance from the wonderful Sol Pereya, whose sultry vocals and lilting guitar melodies make her a fantastic addition to our ever-growing BAMM Latino imprint. This is an exclusive (needless to say, really) rendition of ‘Te Fuiste’ – something which will add a ray of Saturday sunshine to your day, wherever in the world you happen to be …
‘International’ is our middle name here at BAMM.tv (well, actually, it’s Wilbur, but please don’t tell anyone). We don’t just limit our quest to uncover the best new talent to the world of English-language artists, as demonstrated by the fantastic range of artists our BAMM Latino imprint has uncovered. Now we can add another great discovery to that roster: Chilean singer-songwriter Rocío Peña, who treated us to an emotionally-charged performance of ‘No Vas’, which features on her album ‘Atardecer’.
Filmed at SXSW 2012, this is the perfect wind-down track after a hectic Monday – and if you’re not amazed by the power of Rocío’s voice, you really should get your ears checked out. Enjoy …
Lots of people – including the trendsetters over at NPR Music – are picking up on the phenomenon that is Ana Tijoux. This French-Chilean MC has been setting speakers alight with her furious blend of Latin beats, hip-hop groove and political commentary. And – like so many other great artists – BAMM.tv has long been extolling her virtues. Ana has swung by our studio in the past, and laid down some incredible performances. Take a look:
If those classic blasts from the past weren’t enough to satiate your newfound Ana fixation, don’t worry – we’ve got an extra treat for you. Ana has just unveiled the promo vid for her brand new single ‘Sacar La Voz’ (ft. Jorge Drexler). The quality of the music is just as great as you’d expect, but now Ana also seems to be fixing her revolutionary vision on the pop video format in general. ‘Sacar La Voz’ is one of the most visually distinct, compelling, and downright artistic creations we’ve seen in a long time.
Mexico City hip-hop legend Bocafloja has long been something of a mainstay around the BAMM office – not only we are all huge fans of his socially-conscious and free-flowing beats, but we’ve also enjoyed the privilege of both an interview and performance from the man himself (not to mention his ultra talented backing crew, of course).
Hopefully you’ll agree that Bocafloja is an artist of formidable caliber, which is why you should be very excited to learn that his brand new album “Patologias del Invisible Incomodo” is set for release on February 18th (that’s a mere five days from now, should you feel like engaging in a bit of calendar countdown action).
In order to take us behind the philosophies (musical, social, political and otherwise) which underpin his upcoming avant-garde Spanish language rap odyssey, Bocafloja has also produced a fascinating documentary – which you can see simply by playing the video above. Smart, literate, vocal and with a killer command of the mic: if you’re not a fan of Bocafloja by now, you really need to get on that …