Michael Crockett’s Favorite Songs of 2018

Michael Crockett – “Horizontes” Sun. 7p-10p

Rosalía (Spain) – “Malamente

 Rosalía blends traditional flamenco singing with trap and electronic music and lyrics based on a 13th century manuscript. It is a seductive and mysterious sound that has now spread from her native Spain to Latin America and the rest of the world thanks to her several recent Latin Grammy nominations and awards. (The album, “El Mal Querer”,  even made NPR’s Top 10 for the year)

 Santiago Cruz (Colombia) & Vicente Garcia (Dominican Republic) – Vida De Mis Vidas

Colombian singer Santiago Cruz wrote and released this lovely, poetic song as a ballad, but Dominican singer Vicente Garcia gave it new live with a danceable bachata rhythm which he sings with Cruz as a duet.

Natalia Lafourcade (Mexico) –“Danza De Gardenias”

 This year Mexican pop singer, Natalia Lafourcade,  released a follow-up (Musas II) to her successful  acoustic/traditional album from last year and included this beautiful música tropical song she wrote of learning to reflorecer, or bloom again from a wilted love.

Gepe (Chile) –“Joane”

 Chilean singer-songwriter Gepe pays homage to a Haitian immigrant woman, who died on the streets in his country,  giving voice to the current plight of immigrants in many parts of the world.

 Maria Rita (Brazil) –“Reza Pra Agradecer”

A beautiful prayer of thanks in a song to the Afro-Brazilian goddess of the sea, Iemanjá,  from Brazilian singer Maria Rita’s new album “Amor É Música”

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