14 Songs, 52 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

MC Residente (Rene Pérez) and producer Visitante (Eduardo Cabra) want to bring the whole world into their music, as the title of the expansive reggaeton group’s fourth album, which can be translated as “Everybody’s Welcome,” reflects. “Baile de los Pobres” bounces along on a catchy Mexican banda horn riff, but the track also has Egyptian-style strings. “Todo Se Mueve” has horns, too, but they draw from Nigerian afrobeat, and the track features Seun Fela, the son of the late great West African bandleader Fela Kuti. The hard-hitting “Calma Pueblo” finds Mars Volta’s Omar Rodrigez-López bringing his electrifying guitar to the mix, while “La Bala” references Spaghetti Western scores, complete with whistling, as it puts the “bullet” in the song’s title in a sociological context. On “Latinoamérica,” three South American singers — Susana Baca (Peru), Totó la Momposina (Colombia), and María Rita (Brazil) — play off Residente’s rap as they intone over an insistent Andean-like groove. Calle 13 displays their sense of humor and social critique throughout; both find visual form in a music video for “Calma Pueblo” that is also included.

EDITORS’ NOTES

MC Residente (Rene Pérez) and producer Visitante (Eduardo Cabra) want to bring the whole world into their music, as the title of the expansive reggaeton group’s fourth album, which can be translated as “Everybody’s Welcome,” reflects. “Baile de los Pobres” bounces along on a catchy Mexican banda horn riff, but the track also has Egyptian-style strings. “Todo Se Mueve” has horns, too, but they draw from Nigerian afrobeat, and the track features Seun Fela, the son of the late great West African bandleader Fela Kuti. The hard-hitting “Calma Pueblo” finds Mars Volta’s Omar Rodrigez-López bringing his electrifying guitar to the mix, while “La Bala” references Spaghetti Western scores, complete with whistling, as it puts the “bullet” in the song’s title in a sociological context. On “Latinoamérica,” three South American singers — Susana Baca (Peru), Totó la Momposina (Colombia), and María Rita (Brazil) — play off Residente’s rap as they intone over an insistent Andean-like groove. Calle 13 displays their sense of humor and social critique throughout; both find visual form in a music video for “Calma Pueblo” that is also included.

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