#NewMusicFriday: Esta Navidad en Folkways

Each Friday, Stephen Mejias, AudioQuest’s Director of Communications and former Stereophile and Audiostream columnist, will browse through the many exciting albums released that day and select 15 worth a closer listen.

Various: Esta Navidad en Folkways: Holiday Music of Puerto Rico and Its Diaspora (Folkways)

From Folkways:

“This playlist pulls from deep in the catalog of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and its acquired labels to provide a glimpse into the rich tradition of Christmas and holiday music of Puerto Rico and its diaspora. You’ll hear a wide range of sounds here emanating from the barriles of bomba to the cuatro of música jíbara, captured on decades-old field recordings and contemporary studio productions, and resonating from the lush mountains of the island to the high deserts of Albuquerque and beyond.”