Best Carlos Mena Songs of All Time – Top 10 Tracks

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To understand Carlos Mena and his music, you must understand his background. Born in Puerto Rico, raised in Brooklyn, and childhood summers in the Dominican Republic, Carlos soaked up the vast array of sounds and musical idioms —from Djing house to hip-hop to salsa—to help form a unique foundation for his music sensibilities that can be heard throughout his music today. Carlos Mena is a music producer and DJ that has produced music for platinum selling artist Arrested Development, Tre Hardson (The Pharcyde), Osunlade’s Yoruba Records, Vega Records, Got Soul Records, Deeper Soul Records, and Phuture Soul, as well as many local bay area artists, including Zion I.

Carlos Mena has performed in venues such as: Le Bain, The New Parish, Public Records

Without further ado, here are Carlos Mena top 10 tracks of all time:

1. Membra Jesu Nostri, BuxWV 75, Ad pedes: Concerto "Ecce super montes pedes evangelizantis"

Dietrich Buxtehude, Ricercar Consort, Philippe Pierlot, Maria Keohane, Hanna Bayodi, Carlos Mena, Jeffrey Thompson, Matthias Vieweg

2. O magnum mysterium

Tomás Luis de Victoria, Carlos Mena, Juan Carlos Rivera

3. Stabat Mater, P. 77: I. Stabat Mater dolorosa (Grave)

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Núria Rial, Carlos Mena, Ricercar Consort, Philippe Pierlot

4. L'Orfeo, Ato primo: IV. Vieni Imeneo, deh vieni

Claudio Monteverdi, Jordi Savall, La Capella Reial De Catalunya, Carlos Mena, Le Concert Des Nations

5. L'Orfeo, Atto secondo: II. Mira, ch’à se n’alletta

Claudio Monteverdi, Jordi Savall, Furio Zanasi, Gerd Türk, Carlos Mena, La Capella Reial De Catalunya, Le Concert Des Nations

6. Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243: I. Magnificat anima mea Dominum

Johann Sebastian Bach, Philippe Pierlot, Carlos Mena, Hans-Jörg Mammel, Anna Zander, Ricercar Consort, Maria Keohane, Stephan MacLeod

7. L'Orfeo, Ato primo: V. Ritornello - Alcun non sia

Claudio Monteverdi, Jordi Savall, Gerd Türk, Francesc Garrigosa, Carlos Mena, Iván García, Marília Vargas, La Capella Reial De Catalunya, Le Concert Des Nations

8. Stabat Mater: XII. Quando corpus morietur

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Ricercar Consort, Philippe Pierlot, Núria Rial, Carlos Mena

9. L'Orfeo, Atto secondo: III. Ahi, caso acerbo!

Claudio Monteverdi, Jordi Savall, Furio Zanasi, Sara Mingardo, Francesc Garrigosa, Carlos Mena, Le Concert Des Nations

10. Sacred Aria

Johann Michael Bach, Carlos Mena, Ricercar Consort, Philippe Pierlot

Carlos Mena Details

 

To understand Carlos Mena and his music, you must understand his background.

Born in Puerto Rico, raised in Brooklyn, and childhood summers in the Dominican Republic, Carlos soaked up the vast array of sounds and musical idioms —from Djing house to hip-hop to salsa—to help form a unique foundation for his music sensibilities that can be heard throughout his music today.

Carlos Mena is a music producer and DJ that has produced music for platinum selling artist Arrested Development, Tre Hardson (The Pharcyde), Osunlade’s Yoruba Records, Vega Records, Got Soul Records, Deeper Soul Records, and Phuture Soul, as well as many local bay area artists, including Zion I. He also lead the popular Bay Area group 10BASS T, to many accolades and opening stints for Counting Crows, The Roots, and Lollapalooza. His Solo debut “Hip-Hop Meditations” fuses Afro-Cuban music with hip-hop and has received wonderful reviews from major hip-hop publications across the country. Carlos recently received an artistic fellowship grant from the City of Oakland for his work on Hip-Hop Meditations. He was also included in URB MAGAZINE’s NEXT 100 (up and coming artists) for 2006.

Carlos is also the founder and president of CASAMENA, an independent production house, and Ocha Records, a record label, based in South Beach, FL, that works with uncompromising artists to produce music that feeds our souls. CASAMENA is currently in production on a new project that further explores the relationship between Afro-Cuban (bata) rhythms and contemporary urban music with partner and award winning, master percussionist Michael Spiro. Also keeping him busy is the launch of Ocha Mzansi a sub-label in partnership with Soul Candi focused on the house music of South Africa. Ezel deep house album and an Mzee afro-house album. He has also recently released albums for Tamara Wellons, Ezel and Mzee, yielding hit songs like, “Oh Well”, and “Like Rain”, “Flores Blancas”, “In My Lifetime”, and “Mahuwuelele”.

His eclectic DJ sets continue to garner him the label of one of the hottest DJs on the U.S.A. circuit, while his organic approach to remixes have him working with artists such as, Grammy winner Louie Vega, Atjazz, Osunlade, and DJ Spinna.

A DJ and producer of deep and soulful house, hip-hop and latin music with over 25 years experience, as well as being a priest within the Afro-Cuban spiritual tradition called Lukumi, Carlos Mena is poised to bring forth new fusions of genres while respecting and maintaining traditions. Catch him at his celebrated monthly party BEMBE in SF, LA and MIAMI and NY, his new weekly residency, “Yoruba Dance Sessions“, and one of the most popular podcasts worldwide, with over 20,000 downloads monthly.

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