This week, Today’s Top Tune heads to NYC for the 18th annual Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC). Hispanic artists from around the world – including Peruvian-born rapper A.Chal — converge in the Big Apple to strut their stuff on numerous stages. Chile’s Mon Laferte, who enjoys an impressive six million viewers on YouTube, will be at Summerstage in Central Park, the same night as Puerto Rico’s ÌFÉ. Making Los Angeles proud, Buyepongo performs an acoustic set. Venezuela’s represented too, with two-time Latin Grammy winners La Vida Bohème closing out the festival.
Monday, July 10
From San Juan, Puerto Rico, we bring you a song from ÌFÉ, whose debut album is “equal parts blessing, adoration, and manifesto.” “House of Love” is an incantation overflowing with spiritual bounty.
Tuesday, July 11
We’ve been hearing a buzz for A.Chal. The Peruvian born singer/songwriter and producer writes about themes that are personal to him — karma, heartbreak and after parties. On “Perdóname,” a bilingual song which translates to forgive me in Spanish, A.Chal writes about two girls he was involved with.
Wednesday, July 12
La Lucha (The Struggle) is the latest album by two-time Latin Grammy winners La Vida Bohème. After fleeing violence and poverty in their home town of Caracas, Venezuela, the quartet moved to Mexico City. Making a new life in a foreign country inspired them to write new songs. They opened their ears and hearts to new possibilities with inspired songs like “Domingo.”
Thursday, July 13
The members of Buyepongo hail from all over the Los Angeles area, including Pomona, Compton and the San Gabriel Valley, but keep a rehearsal space in Highland Park. You’re as likely to find this working man’s band sharing its hip-hop and pan-Latin-infused groove on a street corner as you are at a club. New Yorkers will get a taste of songs like “Vamos a Gozar” when the band plays the LAMC Festival.
Friday, July 14
Chilean pop singer Mon Laferte recalls a more romantic style when she invites Spanish singer Enrique Bunbury to a heartbreaking duet on “Mi Buen Amor.“