Various Latin artists try different approaches

Wednesday, August 22, 2001 at 1:00am

There are so many genres, idioms and styles lumped together under the Latin music banner it is little wonder there is so much consumer confusion. Manu Chao, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Moreno Veloso, Alfredo Triff, Gidon Kremer, the duo of Sergio & Odair Assad and composer/guitarist Guinga cover everything from salsa to tango, Afro-Cuban and samba on new releases.

Guitarist and vocalist Manu Chao combines punk-rock and leftist politics with splashes of reggae, salsa and pop on his new Virgin release Proxima Estancion: Esperanza (Next Station: Hope). Chao leaps back and forth between Spanish and English, chanting, shouting or sighing while his songs include sharp satirical items like

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