When it comes to late 70's latin-disco, you can't get much better than Charanga '76's classic album No Nos Pararan. On this record, Charanga '76 cover classic disco hits like McFadden & Whitehead's "Ain't No Stopping Us Now (No Nos Pararan)", both Chic's "My Forbidden Lover (Mi Amor Prohibido)" and "Good Times (Como Vamos A Gozar)", Sister Sledge's popular "We Are Family (Somos Familia)", as well as the solid original "C-U-B-A Is Cuba". I find that it becomes really refreshing to hear these more mainstream disco songs produced in a different light, especially since I've heard the originals a thousand and a half times in my lifetime. Charanga '76 producer Gonzalo Fernandez re-works the originals to have more latin feel by adding many different instruments as well as replacing the English lyrics for Spanish. The tracks do, however, maintain enough of familiar elements that anyone who is familiar with the original classics would still recognize the cover version. Regardless, the entire album is amazing, and many of the songs have made their way onto compilations including Dimitri From Paris's "Disco Forever" and Soul Jazz's New York Latin Hustle! records. This record does a perfect job in blending and bringing together classic mainstream disco and 70's latin dance music.
Charanga '76 - Somos Familia (We Are Family)
Charanga '76 - Mi Amor Prohibidor (My Forbidden Love)