16/09/2019: “Amores Como El Nuestro” by Jerry Rivera

Without denigrating Shakira’s fanbase too much, it doesn’t seem like a big stretch to assume that most Shakira fans will never have heard of this song, or Jerry Rivera…

Fans of Jerry Rivera might not be totally au fait with Shakira either. That said, that trumpet riff is almost certainly one of the most internationally famous opening lines of any song, because of Shakira’s joint popularity in the English and Latin worlds.

I am, of course, talking about “Hips Don’t Lie”, which is an amazing song. I think the trumpet riff fits perfectly there.

But I love this warm sounding Salsa tune. The spicy percussion is delightfully busy, rolling out a tribal rhythm with congas and shakers – and a whole load of instruments I can’t even begin to name!

The piano begs for some intense dancing, and when the horns aren’t occupied with that star riff, they play an admirable part in the rest of the song.

The song was released in 1992 on Cuenta Conmigo.