Friday, April 29, 2011

Calor Urbano - Smooth Vibes from the Dominican Republic

We all know about the merengue and bachata dance music coming out of Dominican Republic, but Calor Urbano is bringing some funky, soulful sounds of their own - straight from la isla!

Calor Urbano
takes their native Latin sounds, and adds some jazz, funk and Hip Hop to make a groovy vibe with that Dominican sabor! Their tunes are reminiscent of some of the other Nu-Latino bands right here in Miami, like Spam Allstars, Suénalo and Xperimento.

The band put out their first single in 2003. It became a quick hit in the DR, reaching the top of music charts and receiving good reviews by recognized members of the music scene. By mid-2004 they had released 2 additional hit singles, making Calor Urbano among the top bands of the Dominican Republic. And later that same year, they were nominated as Best Pop/Rock Band of the Year in the Premios del Pueblo awards.

Calor Urbano released their first official album, Transmission Groove, in the summer of 2006. Here is a video for their song Pa' Que No Pienses, off their debut album. Groooooovy...

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