10 Best Latin Albums of 2017

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Bomba Estéreo, 'Ayo'
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Bomba Estéreo, 'Ayo'

"Let go of what is not in your time/What you no longer own/What you were waiting for and did not belong to you," chants Bomba Estéreo's Li Saumet in the drizzly, electronic flourishes of "Siembra." "Go back to where you have everything/Where what is yours awaits you." Echoing the wisdom of a spiritual healer, the song came to fruition during a sacred ceremony that took place in her birthplace of Santa Marta, Colombia. A stark contrast to 2015's EDM-heavy Amanecer, Bomba's earthy fifth studio album pulls from their roots and suffuses songs with bucolic radiance without losing the group's globetrotting bravado. They journey through flamboyant Middle Eastern melodies on "Quimica," soak up sunshine reggae on "Taganga" and come full circle on "Vuelve" under the kaleidoscopic lens of trippy indigenous panflutes. I.R.

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