Day 2 – Willie Colón & Héctor Lavoe – La Murga

This song is from the album Asalto Navideño from 1971 (which translates as ‘Christmas Assault’, and that has got to be the best title for a Christmas album ever!). It is their take on Panamanian carnival band music and is absolutely huge in South America. I had to do a little bit of research to find out why a latin salsa song is such a huge hit at Christmas. Willie Colón & Héctor Lavoe lived in New York and were part of the pioneering salsa scene there, but Héctor Lavoe was actually born in Puerto Rico (which is also where Willie Colón’s family were from, but he was born in New York). The ‘murga’ is a traditional orchestra from South America of around 15 to 20 musicians that is comprised of trumpets, trombone, drums and other percussion instruments, and they are used during Carnivals where they can sometimes play for four days in a row. In countries like Panama and Puerto Rico, it is a custom that the murgas play over Christmas.The murga can play without a stage, and they move from one place to another. The trumpets on this song kick ass (I imagine they have been sampled many times), and this song just makes you want to move! What finer way to celebrate Christmas than by having a carnival and dancing to this fabulous song? Mental note – I need to celebrate at least one Christmas in South America…

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3 thoughts on “Day 2 – Willie Colón & Héctor Lavoe – La Murga

  1. cafeseaseo says:

    Love this song! Thanks for the background. Is this the original version? Years ago I made an mp3 from a cassette tape that my dad had recorded from a record in the early 80s. I named it “salsa instrumental” with the artist unknown. It sounds deeper than the one you embedded, with more xylophones and deeper voices. Any idea who else recorded this song? Thanks for posting!

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    • djesperanto says:

      Hello! Many thanks for commenting, glad you like the song. Hmm, I shall have to look into that for you as I’m not sure who else recorded it. I’m pretty sure it’s the original as they wrote the song, but whether this is the first version they recorded, I don’t know. You’ve got me thinking now! I’ll get back to you 🙂

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