Skargentina

Skargentina

Argentina is known for good meat, beautiful women, and soccer god Diego Maradona, but little do we know about its musical taste. It turns out that Argentinians dig worker-class punk and have amazing ska bands, who have influenced all the big bands in Latin America right now.

Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, an 8-piece ska band from Buenos Aires, is probably the biggest ska band in the Spanish speaking music scene. They sold out every venue they played in the late 80s and all through the 90s.

In the 80s they played really upbeat rhythms but throughout the years and by pure genius, they found that sound that defined them and influenced other amazing argentinian bands like Mano Negra (Black Hand) is; another huge band in Latin America, who took all kind of instruments, including the ska signature instruments the trumpet and sax, and mixed them with political messages and just pure madness. Their songs are closer to musical anarchy than anything else.

I managed to put a playlist together with songs from these bands including Los Fabulosos Cadillacs’ cover of Strawberry Fields Forever from The Beatles, pretty cool. Also, you must listen to Mano Negra’s Santa Maradona and see how serious Argentinians take soccer (or fútbol there).

Los Fabulosos Cadillacs will have you tapping your feet. The ska will have you feeling like it’s summer already, and after all the snow in New York City in the past weeks feelings of summer should be greatly appreciated. Remember that right now in Argentina, and the southern hemisphere in general, it’s warm, sunny Summer.

To listen to the playlist just click here.

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