New Sizzlin’ Summer Latin Music for your Playlists

Check out new music – from singles to album releases – from Austin, Texas, musicians.
On the album “Valerosa,” Lesley Reynaga reflects on the spirit and experiences of Latinos across the ages. Photo courtesy of Mark Guerra Photography

We’re celebrating Austin-based Latin music artists who’ve been busy creating new music for us this summer. Here’s a roundup of some recently released albums and singles to check out: 

Lesley Reynaga

From Latin pop to songs grounded in her mariachi roots, artist Lesley Reynaga released her first full-length album in August titled “Valerosa.” Keep your eyes on this rising artist who last fall made Austin City Limits Music Festival history by becoming the first artist in the festival’s 20-year history to feature a full mariachi band. She recently debuted at Lollapalooza in Chicago. 

Catch her at Waterloo Records for a free in-store performance and record signing on Aug. 25 at 5 p.m. This is part of The Drop monthly music series presented by the Austin American-Statesman and KUTX. 

Paula Maya

Award-winning Brazilian musician and singer-songwriter Paula Maya this month released her 11th album “Mar da Minha Terra.” The album celebrates many of the artist’s milestones including 30 years since moving from Rio de Janeiro to the U.S. to pursue her music career. Celebrate the album release with Paula Maya & Bossa Nova Plus on Aug. 24 at Barrel O’ Fun from 7:30 p.m-10 p.m. Find the album across digital platforms or download here.

“Mar da Minha Terra” marks artist Paula Maya’s 11th album. Photo courtesy of Paula Maya

Miguel St. Michael

Austin celebrates Pride Week in August. The perfect queer cumbia anthem this summer comes from Miguel St. Michael. The local Mexican-American singer released his latest single “La De Mala Gente” featuring RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Cynthia Lee Fontaine and non-binary rapper Babiboi. It’s a must for every party and inspired by the life of Austin drag performer and activist Kelly Kline. Catch the artist on Aug. 26 at Central Machine Works starting at 8:45 p.m. 

“La De Mala Gente” was written by Miguel St. Michael and produced by Grammy Winner Fabian Hernandez. Photo courtesy of Miguel St. Michael.

El Combo Oscuro

Psychedelic cumbia outfit El Combo Oscuro brings us a sonic treat with their latest single “Sol y Tierra.” Join the band at High Noon on Sept. 1-2 to dance to their infectious rhythms. El Combo Oscuro, which emerged during the height of the pandemic, has found ways to connect us all through their music. 

El Combo Oscuro has recently been inducted into the Austin Music Foundation’s Artist Development Program. Photo courtesy of El Combo Oscuro


Fierce power trio Nemegata offers a new release heavily influenced by the band’s native Colombia, but brings a psychedelic spirit in their latest single “Ni Con Palo Ni Con Bala.” “It is the sound that comes down from the mountains, from the houses of the barrios, from the migrant diasporas in foreign countries, from non-conformity,” said the members of the band. You can catch Nemegata this fall at the ACL Music Festival. 

Nemegata is heavily influenced by their native Colombian traditions such as cumbia, bullerengue, gaita music, Colombian Andean songs, as well as 1960s and 1970s mind-bending psychedelia from Africa, South America, and the Caribbean. Photo courtesy of Juice Consulting

Caramelo Haze

Nothing heats up the summer like music from Caramelo Haze, made up of accomplished producers, songwriters, and multi-instrumentalists based between Austin and Chicago. Their new EP “HOYESTÁNAQUÍ Lechehouse Sessions” blends Afro-Colombian folklore with South Texas soul. Find Caramelo Haze at ACL Music Festival later this fall.

Caramelo Haze’s new EP “HOYESTÁNAQUÍ Lechehouse Sessions,” is a collection of brand new versions of songs from their debut album “NOESTÁSAQUÍ.” Photo courtesy of Nacional Records

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