Here is the best music South America has to offer, in our humble opinion. There is some amazing music on this Latin American music playlist. The region has so much music of quality that it really wasn’t much of a challenge to put together this playlist.
Featuring the best in modern electronic music, to indie, rock to traditional folk, samba, salsa and cumbia. Take a dive into the innovative, soulful, playful and fun music this continent has to offer. South American music has a huge amount of energy infused into it and is as innovative as they are passionate, as you will hear.
On this playlist you’ll find internationally acclaimed musicians from Chile, like Nicolas Jaar, who made a great impression on the New York and British dance and electro scene. There are also some of the more locally acclaimed musicians like the amazing pop vocal talent of Francisca Valenzuela and the-cool-as-hell indie of Denver.
Denver are the type of band I would expect to do very well with young European music fans. They are a fiercely independent band with a lo-fi sound and a DIY ethic. I think thats an approach which we really admire in our home part of the world. Denver are making great music under their own steam and building a strong international reputation as a fun, cool, energetic band.
Sample Pick: Denver – ‘Lo Que Quieras’.
Head over to Argentina and you’ll hear the pulsing electro sounds of Mougli, alongside the frenetic guitars of Femina. Argentina is a hub for modernist music that many in the west have failed to tap into. Innovation and style are their trademarks.
Isn’t it also wonderful to hear international stars like Shakira from Colombia, sing in her own tongue. With whole albums translated into English, it’s easy to get lazy and only listen to her translated songs but meet her half way and listen to the worldwide smash ‘Suerte’ in Spanish, wherever and whenever you like.
Alongside these exciting and innovate favourites, you’ll find traditional music, from salsa to cumbria, via bacahta, bossa nova, tango and merengue. It’s not worth experiencing Latin American music, without sampling the old greats and these are the sounds which best describe the continents attitude and culture.
I know its sometimes hard to take a chance and listen to something new but this playlist is a prime example of how rewarding it can be. You’ll likely come accross some music, the likes of which you’ve never heard before. I am sure there is something within this playlist for everyone. And everyone who takes the time to listen to it, also has the chance to step away, a little more knowledgable about Latin American culture and their vast section of the world. Enjoy the playlist and soundtracking your trip to South America.