Sonido de Latinaotearoa
Former Opensouls trumpeter Isaac Aesili, who recently returned from touring Japan and Europe with his latest project Funkommunity, produced the 14 unique tracks that are Sonido de Latinaotearoa during New Zealand’s endless summer. Working with some of the country’s most prestigious musical talents, Isaac crafted an extraordinary assortment of contemporary Latin rhythms.
Influences from salsa composer Tito Puento and bossa nova singer Astrud Gilberto to more modern artists such Nickodemus, Fania All Stars and Quantic can be heard throughout. From melodic ballad La Procesion to the simmering Latin dancehall track Something About You with Tom Scott and reggae singer Jah Red Lion, this is an array of varying tempos that flow elegantly as an album. Other featured guests on the album include Nathan Haines, Anna Coddington, Jonathan Crayford, Submariner, Steph Brown and Miguel Fuente.
Guests aside, the signature sound of Latinaotearoa is ever-present; Jennifer’s sultry vocals, Isaac’s brilliant musicianship and Bobby’s firm vision has created a fresh and unique sound that will receive a rapturous response when played live. Sonido de Latinaotearoa is much more than an album – it’s a watershed moment for Latin music in Aotearoa.