Kirsty Almeida & Descarga combine their love for Latin music with inspired songwriting and fine musicianship in this 2004 release. English and Spanish lyrics intertwine over Afro-Cuban rhythms, in an album that captures a variety of moods: from the cheeky bubbliness of Barfly, via the eccentricity of Mi Loca to the epic beauty of Unconditional. The band’s inventive re-workings of Nature Boy and I Heard It Through The Grapevine have featured on several compilation albums including The Beginner’s Guide To Latin Music. Llanita was recorded in Gibraltar and Manchester, UK.
“No hay duda: ésta es música Latina con la frescura de un nuevo siglo.”
“Without a doubt this is Latin music with the freshness of a new century.”
La Banda Elastica, Latin Alternative Music Magazine, Los Angeles
“Kirsty’s own songs are unmediated expressions of her own vivacious character. The mood is spirited and playful, with an undertone of seduction”.
Mike Butler, City Life Magazine, Manchester
“Kirsty Almeida & Descarga have a fresh sound featuring exciting Latin rhythms, good solos and a lead vocalist who has a powerful and compelling voice. And, in addition, you can dance to everything on this album”
“Miss Almeida has matured into a true class A diva – pure soul with a Latin heartbeat.” Lubi Jovanovic (of Straight No Chaser/Nascente Records)