Nil Lara. I got hooked on one of his tracks "Fighting For My Love" courtesy of the Scrubs soundtrack (mighty good taste those TV folks have!) Nil Lara's self-titled 1996 cd is really quite excellent, matching some very interesting, edgy, smoky tunes with traditional Cuban and Venezuelan instrumentation, plus some Haitan and Cuban back-up singers. It's good stuff.
Much to my regret (on behalf of Nil Lara's thin wallet), but to your benefit, the excellent self-titled cd is available (8 copies, in fact) for $0.99 on secondspin.com.
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