Arts & Culture

Latin Women Take The Reins: Insights From the Latin Alternative Music Conference

Expect a sea change in the Latin music business as women both on and offstage assume leadership roles and fight back against an industry that is legendary for sexism. At the Latin Alternative Music Conference in New York City on July 12, a panel of female leaders in publishing, promotion, management and booking, moderated by Criteria Entertainment’s […]

How Daptone Records Is Betting On Mambo For Its Own Latin Crossover

Daptone Records, a Brooklyn-based label critical in revitalizing soul and funk — it released seven albums from Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, whose bandmembers also backed Amy Winehouse on Back to Black — is answering the post-“Despacito” Latin-music craze with its own, first-ever Latin release, a typically left-of-mainstream pick: a mambo album from big band Orquesta Akokán. True to its name — Orquesta Akokán translates […]

You Won’t Be Able to Resist Orgone’s Funk

Orgone make life-affirming music; their irresistible funkiness and ability to transcend genre will force anyone out of their seat and onto the dance floor. Even the band’s name — a cosmic amalgamation of the words orgasm and hormone — is a reference to a spirit of creativity and universal life force that they hope will have an “inhibition-canceling effect.” […]