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Strikingly similar to boogaloo music, Latin Soul is a blend of mambo and pop tinged with R&B and Latin jazz, emphasizing short, ultra-catchy tunes and infectious rhythms. The style took shape in New York City and was primarily associated with young musicians, who were seeking to make Latin music accessible to broader audiences -- hence, many Latin soul tunes were performed in English. While Latin soul was fairly short-lived, its fingerprints were all over the fertile New York salsa movement of the '70s, when many former Latin soul artists became more interested in their musical heritage and made their own music jazzier and more complex.

Latin Soul Artists Highlights

Los Zafiros
Los Zafiros
Willie Colón
Willie Colón
Rubén Blades
Rubén Blades
Hermeto Pascoal
Hermeto Pascoal
Hermeto Pascoal & Su Grupo
Hermeto Pascoal & Su Grupo
Tierra
Tierra

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Latin Soul Album Highlights

Acid
Ray Barretto
Acid
The Player
Willie Colón
The Player
Rosa de los Vientos
Rubén Blades
Rosa de los Vientos
The Best of Pucho & the Latin Soul Brothers
Pucho & His Latin Soul ...
The Best of Pucho & the ...
Salsa's Bad Boy
Willie Colón
Salsa's Bad Boy
OG: Original Gangster
Willie Colón
OG: Original Gangster

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Latin Soul Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
A Deeper Shade of Soul Ray Barretto
Siembra
Willie Colón
No Me Digan Que Es Muy Tarde Willie Colón
Juana Pena Willie Colón
MC2 (Theme Realidades)
Willie Colón / Héctor Lavoe
Ghana' E Willie Colón
Walk Away Renee Willie Bobo
Che Che Colé Willie Colón
Todo Tiene Su Final Willie Colón
Abuelita Willie Colón / Héctor Lavoe

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