Songs You May Have Missed #344


Jose Gonzalez and Banda Criolla: “Bomba Te Traigo Yo” (1994)

The song’s title translates as “I bring you Bomba” and it’s a celebration of the bomba style of party music, traditional in Puerto Rico and based on African rhythms. Acoustic guitar and cuatro (a native, guitar-like stringed instrument) create a buoyant blend in a song that speaks of the “delicious rhythm” of “the land where I was born”.

“Puerto Rico” means “rich port”. And the phrase certainly seems to apply to its music.

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