Gaslight Mixtapes

Beer With A Lime

Words By: Drew Schwartz | August 4th, 2015

Beer With A Lime

I’ve been drinking a lot of Pacifico lately. In the summertime, when life seems to open up and the days stretch on endlessly, and pretty girls with tanned skin fill rooftops and sunlit patios scattered all over the world, there’s nothing I want more than to squeeze a slice of lime into a bottle of Mexican beer, sit on the top deck of my Brooklyn apartment, and stare out at the skyline.

You can’t beat those afternoons. But you can pair them with great music: mellow, tropical sounds out of the Caribbean, Latin America and Africa from the 1950s and early 60s, perfectly suited to a lazy summer day. I’ve put together a mix tape complete with some of the best early recordings out of Nigeria, Jamaica, Colombia, Trinidad, and beyond. In it, you can catch glimpses of the genre that predated Reggae and Ska in Jamaica, hear how jazz and swing worked their way into the traditional music of Africa, and sit in on live Calypso performances in Trinidad that left audiences howling after every song.

Wherever you are this summer, grab a six-pack of Pacifico, slice up a fresh lime, get outside, and listen to this playlist. You won’t regret it.


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