Life got nuts and back. I have to admit I definitely fell away from posting jamz. But we all knew that would not be a permanent thing. The truth is that there are just too too many jamz to not post. :)So without further adieu, introducing The Meridian Brothers. And today’s jam is “Salsa Caliente!” All I can say is hot jamz! This is a nostalgic psychedelic salsa jam with a taste of very contemporary play. Who are the Meridian Brothers and why do they kick ass? Simple, the Meridian Brothers are one of Columbia’s hottest arrivals on the musical and artist scene, and are capitalizing on the renaissance that is sweeping across Latin America. Brazil has been exploding over the past decade when it comes to the arts. However, more and more, soft spoken Columbia, a country that has experienced some pretty wild times is finding itself moving closer to the center of the stage.
While the Meridian Brothers have been around since 1998, their most recent album, Desesperanza, has really stood out among their discography. Why? They’ve taken the traditions of pure salsa and launched headlong into reinvigorating the salsa of Columbia. This album is mind -blowing for those who dig salsa. The Meridian brothers are seemingly treating salsa as a physical object, treating the tradition as if it was a ball of moist clay, ripe for a new sculpting. Think about how Marcel Duchamp gave the Mona Lisa a mustache and that’ll give you an idea of how the Meridian Brothers are treating salsa tradition.
Desesperanza drives melodic rhythms from African salsa. However, the voice place and psychedelic instrumentation is Cali–it’s upbeat, more so than many salsas. The overall sound is reminiscent of 60s and 70s salsa from Puerto Rico and New York.. The gorgeous and music historical mash-up is what you will hear on Desesperanza. This album is a perfect salsa frankenstein, and yeah this video has a dude praying to his salsa “god.” There are also several Columbian cultural shout-outs. Basically, this is salsa genius.
Enjoy today’s super hot MEridian Brothers Jam of the Day!