September 15 marks the 196th anniversary of the independence of Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Nicaragua, the day the province was declared free from Spanish rule. To mark the occasion, we’re spotlighting some of the region’s best and brightest talent, artists often overlooked in the Latin American indie world. While you might recognize some names here, we’ve put together a playlist with up-and-coming new talent, ranging from tricky dancehall to booming techno. Consider this a handy guide to Central America’s often overlooked music scenes.
From Nicaragua we have Téléviser, a trio of multi-instrumentalists who play bright and beautiful post-rock. Guatemalan Monterrey transplants Aguacate slips between house and techno foursome with effortless charm. Hailing from Honduras, Big Nango’s sugary dancehall and R&B nods to Central America’s longstanding reggae and español roots. Central American independent music is booming, though these bands rarely shine in Latin media.
Elsewhere on the playlist you’ll find reggaeton, rock, synth pop and more. Dig deep, let go and explore. Stream the playlist via Apple Music and see each artist’s country of origin below.
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