“Nadal (check out his MySpace) was born into an academic family in Buenos Aires, his mother was an anthropologist and his father a film director and a leading fighter for the recognition of the rights of black Argentines. According to his own recollection, he was heavily influenced by the music listened to by his parents, mainly blues and jazz. His ideology involves deep Rastafarian culture from countries like Jamaica and Haiti; His main influences are related to reggae rhythms and Afro-Argentine culture”. (wiki)
He started out in the 1980s playing in a punk-reggae band called Todos Tus Muertos (All your dead) but continued on his own after turning Rasta. in 2001 he released 3 reggae albums Selassie I Dios Todopoderos, Cuando gime la raza, and Cabeza negra.
In 2008 he released the hit single International Love, off the album of the same name, whose dreamier/electronic sound has made it a hit on many Latino radio stations and attracted newer non-reggae listeners. His music has a vide range of different sounds and i have tried to pick a few different kinds with the videos below.
In 2009, his hit single International Love was included on the “FIFA Trax” on the latest edition FIFA 10 game
Unfortunately auto-tuning seem to be popular these days and Fidel seems to be no exception. (Personally I don’t like it too much because of the electronic sound)
Listen to a whole album on Spotify Fidel Nadal – Crucial Cuts (available in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, USA, France, Holland, Norway, United Kingdom and Finland) for free and a small sum goes to the artist every time you listen.
And some early punk ragga from Todos Tus Muertos
“No quiero que me llenen la cabeza con mierda!” =
I don’t want them to fill my head with shit!