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Meet Sr Ortegon: The guy behind “The Latin Flavor”

The guy behind the latin music on your device

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What do Netflix, Hulu, HBO, PS3 games, and tons of independent movies have in common? They rely on professionals who make selective criteria trying to reach audiences. And that also goes for soundtracks.

We’ve all heard it — on the radio, on the streets, in the grocery store. The song “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi or “Mi Gente” by J Balvin.

These songs have also brought up conversations about the power of crossover culture. None of these are far from the first Latin artist to cross into the mainstream, though his predecessors typically did so in English; but for most parts, we know about 10 usual names, R. Martin, D. Yankee, Maluma, Shakira, Selena, etc..

We also know the work of Gustavo Santaolalla, or Anibal Kerpe, who usually work with massive Hollywood studios, but what about the latin songs we hear in the background of our favorite series, or videogames?

Most of them are done by Grammy/ The Mark Awards (The Production Music Association) winner: Sr Ortegon.

J. Miguel Ortegon, is a Paris based music producer, composer, mix engineer, DJ, musician multi-instrumentalist and co-founder of the label “PalmaCoco Records” and his music can be found on tons of series, movies, commercials, videogames, TV dancing shows, you name it.. he is there.

Given the Unites States’ current political climate, it is quite powerful that networks are highlighting Latin Music through a festive, uplifting and vibrant narrative

In fact we can quote Luis Fonsi when asked about Despacito and its impact in the current Latino anti-movement by the American administration. “The timing is quite perfect, you know, in this environment we live in,” he says. “I don’t want to turn this song into a political environment, because it’s not. It’s a great song to make us feel good. But in the times that we live, where some people want to divide and want to build walls — we’re going through a lot of change, so it’s quite lovely that a Spanish song is No. 1 right now.”

But if you really want to know why Sr Ortegon became the guy-to-go when you need Spanish/Latin flavor? Lets have a listen to his gargantuan discography.

Let’s start with one that will make you realize a difference between him and Santaolalla on the former’s game

Latin music

Mexican/Regional

URBAN Latino

Or simply Movie/TV commercial soundtrack appeal

MORE STUFF he has been involved


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Banze gets Global Nomination for Brazil’s indigenous rights

Well deserved nomination for creating awareness about Amazons & Brazil’s current state of affairs.

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Leopold Nunan is known globally as a performing singer & creative artist who has a strong political viewpoint on what’s going on in the geo-politics of the world, especially in his home country of Brazil. His most recent release ‘Banzé’ via Australian record label Wile Out, has been nominated for best ‘music video’ award at this years LABFF aka Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival.

The song predicted the issues going on right now in Brazil, with the corruption of the current government in power. There has been a lot of global coverage about the devastating fires that have been burning all throughout the native lands of the Amazon forest, these fires have been growing in size ever since the government took away the land rights from the native people, focused on an anti-environment & anti-indigenous economic policy. At the end of the music video we introduce you to a Brazilian native Anuiá Amarü from the Xingu tribe, who speaks about the resistance against the current president.


We want the world to view ‘Banzé’ as a message of action, for us all to understand what is going on right now in Brazil is not ethical and to create awareness of the devastating fires that are still burning in the Amazon forest. As part of the ‘music video’ nomination “Wile Out” will be hosting a series of ‘Global’ fundraisers in which they are partnering with the Amazon Watch organization.

There will be a handful of events throughout the USA from the 11th – 20th of October with dates locked in the cities of Oakland (11th), Los Angeles (16th), New York (18th) and the LABRFF Award ceremony on the 17th of October.

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Grupo Bongar + Maga Bo – Macumbadaboa

Impressive collaboration exploring the lesser known Afro-Brazilian genres with an electronic twist

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“Macumbadaboa” unites the ancestral sounds of Grupo Bongar from Pernambuco, Brazil with the electronic and dub elements of Maga Bo, the American/Brazilian DJ/producer based in Rio de Janeiro. The project includes the participation of various well known Pernambuco artists – Isaar, Cláduio Rabeca, Lia de Itamaracá e as Filhas do Baracho, Lu do Coco do Pneu, members from the Xambá terreiro, children from the local community as well as the Malian kora player Adama Keita. The album explores many northeastern Brazilian rhythms such as coco, afoxé and maculelê as well as subtle elements of electronic and dub music.

The songs were recorded in an improvised studio set up by Maga Bo in the Memorial Severina Paraíso da Silva – Mãe Biu, in the terreiro of Xambá in Olinda. The intention was to bring Grupo Bongar into a familiar atmosphere where Guitinho could compose music and lyrics on the spot, inspired by the history of the Xambá community which was represented by all of the photos, antiques and relics that surrounded them in the Memorial.

“The lyrics emerged from observing the pieces that make up the Memorial. The old photos, the utensiles used in the terreiro in the time of Mãe Biu, the old percussion instruments, the maps of Nigeria and Cameroon (where the Xambá folk originated) and the articles of clothing from that time. Finally, everything that reminds us of our history and the history of our people,” explains Guitinho. “The repertoire of this album brings traditional songs for the orixás and the entitiies of Jurema. The original lyrics emerged in the moment, through my observation of the pieces in the Memorial, during the recording.” – Marileide Alves 

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Costa Gold Pt Funkero – A Queima Roupa (Remix Dom Mariachi)

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Pagodao meets grime.. This remix from Dom Mariachi is pure gold.

Pagode is a Brazilian style of music which originated in Salvador, Brazil, and quickly went down to Rio de Janeiro region, as a subgenre of Samba. Pagode originally meant a celebration with lots of food, music, dance and party.

Apparently, as time has gone by, the term “Pagode” has been degraded by many commercial groups who have played a version of the music full of clichés, and there is now a sense in which the term Pagode means very commercial pop, a negative term and getting now ghetto-appeal.. it is perfect for Marginal-Original!!

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