Album Review - Baile an Salsa / Salsa - Trad

This is the debut EP featuring 5 tracks from Galway band Baile an Salsa.  As the name suggests this is a truly international band that mixes traditional music with Latin rhythms and beats. When I first encountered Baile an Salsa my interest was immediately drawn to their fresh sound.  What started as a general curiosity changed when I got my hands on the EP.  The members that make up the band come from diverse backgrounds and bring with them some very strong credentials. The EP’s strong vocals hang on the voice of Andres Martorell from Uruguay who has played in a multitude of groups and has recorded in his own right.  Galway must be a melting pot for the musicians of the world inspired by a love of traditional music because the rest of the group is made up of members from Mexico, UK, USA. Italy, Cuba.  The Irish participants in this truly international group come from Wicklow, Louth, and Mayo. 

There are 4 tracks on the EP two of which are driven by the vocals of Andres.  Irish Plena is the opening track with its mix of Irish and Salsa revolving around a simple refrain.  Share the Stars is the strongest song among the tracks and is cleverly mixed with traditional. It ends with a truly Latin carnival outro that fits perfectly. It was composed by Andres Martorell with some help from Peter Brazier, and focuses on the expanse  between people that you love and how you share the stars and find hope.  A definite crowd pleaser no doubt at the live gigs. Mothers Delight again mixes the genres perfectly and is a very engaging number.  This is a short EP and the tracks are something that as a young music collector I would have sought out for that Saturday party mix. The music is different, fun and very well produced.  For anyone that was a fan of Carlos Santana it has that sort of vibe to it. Whilst Salsa Trad will never threaten the tradition it is great to see these albums and alternative mixes. Baile an Salsa are a refreshingly different group producing cross over music that is high on imagination and creativity. An enjoyable EP.

Visit their website to listen and buy www.baileansalsa.com

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