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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Grupo Fantasma Album Release

By Kenny Eaton

The Latin funk powerhouse Grupo Fantasma just dropped their new album, Sonidos Gold, yesterday. Riding on a wave of high-profile support from the likes of Prince and pounding out a massive list of tour dates, it seems Grupo Fantasma is on a mission to take over the world.

The collective combines cumbia, salsa, mambo and any other Latin style they deem fit to create an eclectic, modern take on an already vibrant genre of music. Billboard Magazine raves, "They blast off in their own funktified, genre breaking directions."

Sonidos Gold continues in this vein, pushing the limits of groove to make a delicious salad of Latin, funk, and dance. Grupo Fantasma’s raucous horn section is compounded by the rhythmic assault of the band’s slew of drummers. If you listen to Sonidos Gold and your foot doesn’t immediately start tapping, you need to see a doctor. These grooves are infectious and undeniable. Check this album out… and bring your dance partner!

The new album is officially out in North America so run out to your favorite record shop, order from their online store, or jump on iTunes to download.


  1. Thanks Kenny for the rave reviews! The band will be at the Black Cat in DC this Saturday night the 21st (with Bio Ritmo) so hope you all can come out! -GF

  2. Grupo Fantasma on American Latino TV this weekend october 25-26! Don't you miss it! For more information visit,

  3. This group is great, their music is very original, I love, thanks for sharing information