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New music from Natalia Lafourcade and Cuco




Music artist Natalia Lafourcade
Music artist Natalia Lafourcade

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Every week we'll hear fresh new music that you should know about. This week, Billboard's Justino Aguila stopped by with his selections. 

Natalia Lafourcade

Danza de Gardenias

Album: Musas (Un Homenaje al Folclore Latinoamericano en Manos de Los Macorinos

Natalia Lafourcade, the Mexican pop-rock singer and songwriter who's been a force in the pop rock scene in Latin America, is back with volume 2 of her Musas album, which earned her two 2017 Latin Grammy awards for Best Folk Album and Best Long Form Music Video.

Her new album, like the first, features Los Macorinos, a veteran duo of legendary guitarists.

The upcoming volume includes 13 tracks, and it’s the kind of work that will be one of Lafourcade's biggest achievements in her career.

Cuco

Song: “Sunnyside”

At 19, local singer/songwriter Cuco has nearly 70,000 followers on Twitter. From Hawthorne, Calif., Cuco is making connections, one fan at a time.

 

He describes himself as a “Chicano solo artist,” and there’s music, merchandise and more yearning for this young Southern California guy who is making music that’s romantic, pop and a bit of a throwback to those oldies but goodies days.

Think new generation Chicano meets Ritchie Valens. And he's poised to get even bigger as he was one of the new acts announced for this year's Coachella music festival. 

 Various, including Carla Morrison, Lila Downs and Andres Calamaro

Album: Un Mundo Rare: Las Canciones de Jose Alfredo Jimenez

Songs: "En El Ultimo Trago” (In the Last Drink) with Lila Downs and Andres Calamaro .... and "Un Mundo Raro" with Carla Morrison

Jose Alfredo Jimenez, a Mexican singer-songwriter of rancheras, was considered an integral part of Mexico's musical heritage. He died in 1973,  but his music has stayed popular all these years. 

He had a way of writing about unrequited love and in a way that has empowered people to continue singing his music all these years. This tribute album, which includes everyone from Julieta Venegas to Lila Downs, is beautifully done with some of his classic songs.