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Latin Christmas Albums – The Best of 2009

Everyone loves Christmas music and artists love to sing them — in their own style. This list of 2009 releases have something for everyone from tropical to norteno, traditional to carols with a special, Latin beat.For more Holiday fare, check out this top pick list of Latin Christmas albums

1. ‘Lo Mejor de Gilberto Santa Rosa’ (Gilberto Santa Rosa)

Gilberto Santa Rosa released his popular Christmas album Una Navidad Con Gilberto in 2008, but this 2009 release is a collection of songs from Una Navidad, Asi Es Nuestra Navidad (with El Gran Combo) and other songs you’ll find on various compilations. Santa Rosa fans will be pleased to have these numbers together on one album. 

2. ‘Mi Navidad’ (Andrea Bocelli)

Christmas music never really gets old and Mi Navidad, a collection of traditional Christmas music sung by the popular Andrea Bocelli, is an album that will be treasured by the entire family. 

3. ‘Me Regalo en Navidad’ (Moncho Rivera)

Moncho Rivera (nephew of Ismael) is on a roll this year with his 2009 album Yo Tengo Lo Mio; he actually dropped this Christmas album at the end of 2008 although I’ve only come across it recently so I’m adding it to the list. A great Christmas salsa album with lots of help on vocals from Gilberto Santa Rosa, Henry Santiago and Charlie Donato.

4. ‘En Esta Navidad al Estilo Norteno y Banda’ (Various)

With Mexican norteno and banda music leading the list of most popular Latin music sold in the U.S., this album of Christmas songs performed in these styles should be a welcome addition to holiday fare. Performers include Banda 3030, Adolfo Urias, Los Marineros del Norte, Dinastia Nortena and more.

5. ‘Volvio La Navidad” (Johnny Ventura)

If merengue is your passion, who better to spend an holiday evening with than merengue royalty? Johnny Ventura can easily be named the once and future king of merengue and, in his new Christmas album, he adds that infectious beat to both familiar and less familiar numbers.

6. ‘Bossa Nova Christmas’ (Jack Jezzro)

Guitarist Jack Jezzro takes those Christmas carols you love to sing, adds a talented group of musicians to the mix and arranges these tunes in a bossa nova style that makes for a cool, jazzy, easy listening holiday. Actually, the only thing ‘Brazilian’ about the album is the style of music, but who cares?

7. ‘La Trulla del Pam Pam Pam’ (Various)

This album of tropical Christmas songs is blessed with a wonderful cast of vocalists that includes NG2, Victor Manuelle, Rey Ruiz, Celia Cruz, Luis Enrique, Ismael Miranda and more. 

8. ‘Lo Especial en Esta Navidad’ (Various)

Mariachi Max, Noemy, Yesenia Flores, Los Dinnosaurios and other Mexican artists bring a taste of Christmas south of the border.

9. ‘Celebrando Navidad y Ano Nuevo’ (Various)

This album is a mix of traditional and newer composed songs by Mexican artists including Tres Razones, Relampago Norteno, Tamborazo Kampenisno, Los Giros del Norte and more

10. ‘An Esperanza Family Christmas Album’ (Various)

Here’s a collection of 16 traditional Christmas classics, each sung by a different artist including Santana, Alejandro Sanz, Jose Carreras and Marcos Witt. All of the album proceeds go to Esperanza, a national network of 16,000 Hispanic faith-based and community organizations. 

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December 17, 2009 - Posted by | 1

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