It just goes to show you that reggae truly is world-beat music as fully half of the artists here come from half a world away, Spain. That country’s Muchachito Bombo Infierno tunes into a classic reggae bounce with the “Stir it Up”-like “Conversaciones Incompatibles” while their countrymen Black Gandhi prefer a deep Rastaman groove, highlighting the smoky rhythm of “Pateras” with the scratching guitar technique that is a mainstay of the reggae sound.
Also representing are bands from Argentina, Chile and one American act, Ticklah. Sarazino, a multicultural outfit with group members hailing from Ecuador, Canada and Algeria close out this lively set with “Desbaratado,” a loping dub track driven by insistent organ that’s sung in multiple languages.
Latin Reggae makes for a nice addition to any reggae enthusiast’s collection.
Grade: A Putumayo Presents: Latin Reggae is currently available.