Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Salsa: Michael Stuart

Long-time readers of this blog might remember the reggaeton anthem Mayor Que Yo, with the crème de la crème of reggaeton artists on the mic (Baby Ranks, Hector El Father,Daddy Yankee and Wisin y Yandel), a very contagious chorus sung by merenguero Tony Tun Tun, and indian-influenced beats and samples by producers Luny Tunes.

Puertorican singer and actor Michael Stuart has now issued a very nice salsa version of the song, very melodious (especially the parts he improvised himself) and well-thought of. Near the ending things heat up in a trumpet extravaganza. Hot and sweaty salsa nights guaranteed!

The track comes off Back to da Barrio, an entire album of reggaeton covers, including a guaguanco version of Pobre Diabla (Don Omar), a salsa versions of Noche de Travesura (Hector ft. Divino) and a jala jala remix of Ven Bailalo (Khriz y Angel). It might be a clever way to take advantage of the reggaeton hype, but Stuart proves with his skilled reworks that these songs sound as great with fresh tropical percussion as with heavy beats. 

Michael Stuart - Mayor Que Yo mp3 buy@iTunes


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