Island Time Radio #6

This is a mix of Bachata music of the late 80/90’s. This genre of music originated in the Dominican Republic and it’s a type of tropical-folky blues, with a heavy emphasis on songwriting. The themes sang, are typically about heartbreak, a lost love, or betrayal. These are ballads, sung with deep emotion against the backdrop of highly skilled guitar playing.

I chose specifically this timeframe because, to me, the sound is the perfect blend between traditional guitar playing and the introduction of electronic synthesizers & drum machines. I grew up listening and dancing to many of these artists at backyard bbq’s, holiday parties, and family events. Enjoy!


Island Time Radio #4

pensé este mix como un viaje por África, o más bien algunas partes de ella, que es para mí la madre de todas las fiestas, como un arcoiris sagrado. me gusta ver las distintas sonoridades retumbando en el cuerpo. cada ritmo, cada calidad, resonando en nuestros bailes, despertándolos. dejar que cada uno actúe y abra paso a las infinitas formas de celebración. me gusta permitir que pase y me gusta invitarlxs a ustedes. abrazos! mamá tora

I conceived this mix as a trip throughout Africa, or actually through some parts of her, who is for me the mother of all parties, like a sacred rainbow.
I like to see the different sonorities reverberating in the body. Each rhythm, each quality, resonating in our dances, waking them up. And to let each one act and open up the way to the infinite forms of celebration.
I like allowing it to happen, and I would like to invite you.

Big hugs !
Mama tora

Island Time Radio

Island Time Radio is a love project that serves as an outlet for digging, researching and sharing international and diasporic music. Each show will explore a theme related to place and space. While there is no limitation on genre or time period, a general focus will be placed on music of Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.