CD Reviews: Rolando Sanchez and Assorted Artists
Reviewing Vamonos de Fiesta and Island Summer—the '90s.
LISTEN: Rolando Sanchez
Vamonos De Fiesta
Rolando Sanchez, who sometimes goes by “Mr. Salsa Hawa‘i,” just wants you to move. This new collection of upbeat songs aims to kickstart any dance party. Sanchez is originally from Nicaragua, but his music takes something of a pan-Latin approach. Each song is labeled with its own quirkily titled genre: “tropisalsa,” “bachasalsa,” “Cariberengue.” The whole set swings, though—the horn section, especially, is consistently killer. A natural buy for any fan of salsa, or dancing in general.
LISTEN: Assorted Artists
Island Summer—The '90s
It’s about time. The endless era of ’80s nostalgia is finally giving way to ’90s parties and fashions. It’s happening with music, too: This newly released compilation of poppy Jawaiian hits will strike a chord with anyone who was listening to local radio in the ’90s. Sean Na‘auao’s “Local Motion Style,” anyone? Bruddah Waltah’s “Hawaiian Lands?” Kapena’s “Crazy?” All in all, more synths and reggae-lite goodness than you’ve heard in a decade.