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Sol Y Canto
Cada Dia un Rgalo
MusicAmador Productions 1008

This international, multicultural band, that quite effectively crosses Latin pop with elements of the area's folk music, was founded 15 years ago when founders Brian and Rosi Amador met on a peace expedition to Nicaragua in the early 1980s. Here Rosi takes the lead vocals, accompanied by husband Brian on guitar, Nando Michelin on piano, saxist/flautist Bernardo Monk, the nimble contrabass work of Jorge Roeder and longtime band percussionist Renato Thoms, on 12 songs that alternate between Amador originals about social injustice and the power of love (including the melodic lullaby "Hasta La Luna," written for the couple's twin daughters) as well as hand-selected classics from Latin America and Cuba.

"Como Volar" is a dynamic instrumental in a Venezuelan meringue caraqueno style, while "Beso Discreto" comes across as a humorous take on the old 1930s favorite by Cuban singing sensation Miguel Matamoros in which the band urges the audience to add to the rhythmic chorus of lip smacking kisses. Sol y Canto's rendition of the Mexican folk tale "La Llorona" begins with an instrumental nod to the popular "Gracias A La Vida" by Chilean folklorist and singer Violeta Parra.

The band also resolutely tackles political and grassroots social issues, but in a manner that leaves plenty of room for hope and redemption. "La Colmena" ("The Beehive") is a jocular allegory about the nuts and bolts of democracy in the United States, while "Ojo Por Ojo" ("An Eye For An Eye") is rumba flamenco slanted and "Credo" rails against intolerance of any sort. Also noted is an impassioned "Manifesto," composed by the seminal Chilean Nueva Cancion poet Victor Jara, and an inspired bolero/cha cha cha cover of Puerto Rican Pedro Flores "Obsesion." Muchas gracias!---- GvonT 03/15/09
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