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The brainchild of producer Andres Levin, New York’s Latin-funk collective Yerba Buena came together as an outgrowth of Levin’s extensive discography, including work as principal producer of the Red Hot Organization’s Red Hot + Rio album (year-end TOP-10 in Rolling Stone, TIME & The New York Times). That critical praise was just as instant and far-reaching with Yerba Buena’s 2003 Grammy-nominated debut album President Alien. The group’s infectious live-band party feel changed Latin groove with an Afro-Cuban/Afrobeat/hiphop attack.

Yerba Buena’s new concept album Island Life is an ambitious urban-tropical synthesis that won’t let you stop dancing. “I always want the Yerba Buena sound to be evolving,” said Levin, taking a break from the mixing board at his “Fun Machine” studio. “Yerba Buena will always be about Afro-Cuban roots, but this record also has gypsy and cumbia influences. I think the confluence of different immigrant music in New York is a great avenue for pop culture to explore.”

Since Yerba Buena has always channeled the spirit of tropical island rhythms with the energy of New York, it’s fitting that the new album is titled Island Life. “I always thought it was funny when I would hear people in New York say that they need to get away to an island because they were forgetting that they were already living on one,” explains Levin. “With Manhattan’s growing Spanglish soul, the island music is right here on our own streets whether it’s merengue, reggaeton or even steel drums.


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  • jubahc

    Muito legal, Burrito é muito fóda!

    16 May 2014 Reply
  • Keolia

    Really nice sound!

    7 May 2014 Reply
  • dandjlane

    They were great live! Caught them a few times in Miami. Shame that they are not together any more.

    1 Nov 2010 Reply
  • newjeru87

    All this time I felt there was a void in my life. It has been filled. This is entirely too good.

    10 Oct 2010 Reply
  • panzer21st

    Island Life is one of my favorite albums of all time. Listen to Dr. Anueb Abrey. He knows what he's talking about.

    10 Jan 2010 Reply
  • firasbawazir

    i just found out about these guys.. they are sickkk!!!!

    3 Dec 2009 Reply
  • Poppalox

    Guajira (I Love You 2 Much) ....I love this song....

    24 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Pazas1917

    These guys are too good to be slept on like this.

    21 Jul 2009 Reply
  • LatinaRockconfu

    A must have for el verano!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    26 Feb 2009 Reply
  • blue-leo

    Yo lo que quiero es un Burrito...

    4 Dec 2008 Reply
  • bastajah

    all these remixes are as sick as the originals ...

    4 Aug 2008 Reply
  • robotkarel

    se oyen muy bien, además están en el lugar 90 del "Los 250: Essential Albums of All Time Latin Alternative", de la revista AlBorde

    14 Jun 2008 Reply
  • revolution_II

    bad kid supportin good kids. funny.

    3 Jun 2008 Reply
  • Suyomizzle

    This is the good kid of hip-hop with latin influences. Fuck reggeaton and shit.

    10 Apr 2008 Reply
  • LunaMorado

    dont want no material girl, just want my bilingual girl - in other words: fuck madonna! :))

    7 Mar 2008 Reply
  • GoodVibes_22

    what's going on with them? are they working on a new album?

    23 Jan 2008 Reply
  • pj_harvey

    guajira i love

    4 Sep 2007 Reply
  • GoodVibes_22

    they don't have that many scrobbles. :(

    1 Aug 2007 Reply
  • swiadekkoronny

    Super muza, niezły klimat poprostu KOCHAM!

    22 Feb 2007 Reply
  • hazeleyedgurl

    i adore Guajira song yayyyyy!where can i find the lyrics??

    12 Nov 2006 Reply
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