Entertain Like A Chef: A Spanish Playlist

How to cook, eat and party like you’re in Spain, from Chris Johns, Sharp’s special Spanish correspondent. Check out the rest of Sharp’s Entertain Like A Chef: Spanish Edition series.

There’s really only one rule you need to remember when assembling your Spanish BBQ playlist and that is: No Gypsy Kings. Here’s a selection of tasty tracks from some of the best contemporary bands around the Spanish-speaking world that will set the right tone for your parrillida party.


Bomba Estero

Colombian electro-tropical band, Bomba Estero, crafts a sound as sultry and exotic as a summer night in Cartagena. El Alma y el Cuerpo is a standout track from their 2013 album, Elegancia Tropical.


Mala Rodriguez

Flamenco influenced hip-hop artist Mala Rodriguez’s Tengo un Trato, from her 2013 album, Bruja, shows her at her most soulful and fluid.


Manu Chao

An important figure in Latin alternative music since the ’80s, Manu Chao, sings in more than eight languages. Me Gustas Tu, from his 2008 album, Próxima Estación: Esperanza, is a classic in any one of them.



The members of the Afro-Colombian/hip hop/ska band, Profetas, are as diverse as their music. Throw on their 2010 album Baila if you want to dance. Keep it off if you don’t.


Carla Morrison

Your girlfriend’s favourite new artist, Mexican singer-songwriter Carla Morrison, has a voice that practically drips out of the speakers. Eres Tu, from her 2012 album Déjenme Llorar is a stunner that stands up to repeated listenings.