Café Tacvba, La Santa Cecilia, Mon Laferte

Café Tacvba, La Santa Cecilia, Mon Laferte

Photo by Alberto Hildago Mon Laferte

With such feathery, lightweight dance tracks as “1-2-3” and “Automático,” Café Tacvba’s latest album, Jei Beibi, initially has more of an electronic-based vibe than some of the Mexican group’s earlier releases. But lead singer Rubén Albarrán is actually at his most interesting when he croons more starkly arranged and emotionally intimate tunes such as “Enamorada,” “Disolviéndonos” and the acoustic ballad “Que No,” as well as the more urgently shadowy “Futuro.” Sparked by Marisol Hernandez’s sunny vocal charisma, L.A. combo La Santa Cecilia pump out an effusive and joyful mix of styles ranging from jazzy swing to traditional cumbia on their 2016 full-length, Buenaventura. Chilean vocalist Norma Monserrat Bustamante Laferte — better known as Mon Laferte — is a passionate chanteuse who segues easily from cabaret introspection to funky R&B power, mixed with swirling strains of feverish exotica. Plus, The National Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.
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