21.04.17 : Maykel Blanco – La Calle live from Congahead studios!

Good day dear listeners, readers and blog followers!

Today I gladly present you a live performance of Maykel Blanco y Su Salsa Mayor from the Congahead studio, one of the oldest functioning music recording studio of the united states.

Many great musicians passed through this studio over the years, and in recent times, as tour became an option, more and more Cuban musicians follow suit.
Maykel and his band have performed at this studio before, and luckily for us, do it again!

So, here it is – the wonderful track “la Calle” from the album “a Toda Maquina”.

¡disfruten!

14.04.17 : NG La Banda – El Tragico

Good day dear readers, listeners and blog followers!

Today we explore some more of the early history of Timba together with the band credited to be the progenitor of the genre, NG La Banda;
We shall look at a composition from an album that became the stuff of legends, and even came out in 2 versions… ¡echale limon!

This amazing album was first released in 1992 after being recorded in Tokyo, shortly after the band toured the country with Japanese musical producer Ryunosuke Murakami .
The album has some of the most well known and well loved compositions of the band, such as “santa palabra”, “el tragico” and the title track, all of which are considered staples of the Timba genre.
This album was released, in different variations, a year later in Cuba, featuring a persona that would be very influential in years to come, but little known at the time – Manolin.

With great vocals, a catchy piano “tumbao” full of drive and wonderful use of folkloric elements, “el tragico”, the song for today, became a powerful and very memorable track, considered to be a good representation of the genre as a whole.

So, today we have not one but 3 (!) different interpretations of this great composition from 3 different occasions – the CD version, a concert performance and a recent one from Cuban TV.
¡disfruten!

 

 

07.04.17 : Habana Cafe – Puedes Soñar

Good day dear blog followers, readers and listeners!

Today I gladly present you a fine composition by Cuban-Canadian group called “Habana Cafe”, from Quebec, French Canada.
The group was formed during the late 2000’s by Cuban singer, composer and songwriter Julian Gutierrez, with 5 Cuban and 4 Canadian musicians.
The band released 2 albums so far – “Vengo de mi Cuba” in 2009 and “Mi Camino” in 2014, o which the song presented today, “Puedes Sonar”, is present…

So, here it is!
¡Disfruten!

31.03.17 : Orquesta Reve – Yo Me Muero en La Habana

Good day dear blog followers, listeners and blog readers!

Today we have a beautiful new clip for a wonderful Orquesta Reve song that came out a little earlier, as a part of the “60 años aniversario” album.

The song is a great pleasure for the ear (and feet 🙂 ) and the clip a treat for the eye… so here it is! Yo Me Muero en La Habana.

¡Disfruten!

24.03.17 : Dany Noel – Vivo con Poco

Good day dear blog followers, readers and listeners.

Exactly one month ago (interestingly, both that and this Friday are the 24th of their respective months…) I published here a song called “Mi Compas“, from the very nice and interesting new album of Cuban Cuban Bassist, Tressero, arranger, compositor and singer, Dany Noel.

His style is smooth, lyrical and playful, with the song I present today not being an exceptions.A good tune to start a great weekend with, if you ask me.

So, here it is, the composition for today – Vivo con Poco.
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17.03.17 : Changito – Bien Fuerte

Good day dear readers, listeners and blog followers.

Today I present you a very nice Son Montuno composition coming all the way from Russia!

As you remember, Changito is a 4 member group from Leningrad, Russia, some of whose members are also in Cuba Jam.
The group members are Sonero Boris Hecha, Guitar player Ramon Rodriguez, Tressero Guillermo Reyes and percussionista Giandy Torres.

They are one of the groups assembled by the ritmo productions studio, and have a unique and interesting style of music, on the verge of traditional and modern.

So, here is their latest hit, Bien Fuerte.
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10.03.17 : Los Van Van y Frank Delgado – Educacion Formell

Good day dear blog followers, listeners and readers!

Since the tragic departure of the maestro almost 3 years ago, there has, quite rightfully, been released a decent number of songs in memory of Juan Formell.

All of those that I have heard are quite good, for example:

This:

Or This:

And it is not surprising… what artist wouldn’t do their best when honoring the man who can quite justly be called the father of contemporary Cuban music?

Anyways, today I wish to present you yet another wonderful song, which in my opinion stands out a little even among the wonderful group mentioned above, both in terms of rhythms and lyrics.

It is a song for Formell by the current generation of his precious Los Van Van, together with Cuban Nueva Trova star, Frank Delgado.

So, here it is, great for both listening and dancing Cuban social dances…
¡Disfruten!

03.03.17 : Los Van Van y Isaac Delgado – Va a Caer

Good day dear readers, listeners and blog followers!

Today we have a great collaboration of 2 major players of contemporary Cuban music, who have been (and definitely still are!) very influential in Cuban & Latin music, and even modern popular music in general… Los Van Van and Isaac Delgado!

Born in 1962 in the Marianao neighborhood in La Habana, studying the violoncello from age 10 to 12, and initially dreaming of becoming a professional football (“soccer”, for my dear friends in the USA 🙂 ) player, Isaac would become a Rumbero, a master of improvisation and “doble jugada”, and also “el chevere de la salsa”, the personification of the romantic side of Timba music.

Isaac’s interest in music actually started a bit later in life, while he was a university student.
After graduating from the academy of physical culture & sports, Isaac joined the (quite originally named…) musical project of famous pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba called “Proyecto”, where he developed a passion for singing studying vocals with Mariana De Gonich, one of the best vocal instructors in Cuba.
Isaac’s professional career started in 1983 with Pacho Alonso’s orchestra, with whom he toured many countries (including, but not limited to, Czechoslovakia, Australia, France, Spain, Italy, Panama, Mexico, and Peru), and also got his first recordings, in Spain.

Isaac plunged into the world of Timba with not just any band, but the band so influential that it is credited with defining Timba as a novel musical genre – NG La Banda.
From 1988 until 1992 Isaac was one of the lead vocalists of the band, leaving in 1992 to start his solo career, which he very successfully did, releasing “Dando la Hora” later that year.
“Con Ganas”, his most well known album, came out in 1993; a collaboration with Adalberto Alvarez called El Chevere de la salsa y El Caballero del son came out in 1994; El Ano Que Viene came out in 1995… and the rest is (Timba) history (other notable albums include La Primera Noche from 1998 and La Formula which came out in 2000).

In 2007 Isaac abandoned Cuba, leaving for Miami, and since then has been making less and less Timba with each new album produced, which is quite disappointing (yet, sadly, this is not the first such case…) … yet 2016 has given us Timba fans some hope for recuperation, with the release of “Made in Habana”, a very nice album (partially) recorded in Cuba (as the name implies).
Although having some irrelevant genres such as pop and reggaeton on it, this album features some nice Timba collaborations with Los Van Van and other prominent names such as Sur Carribe and Alexander Abreu.

So, here is “Va a Caer”, the beautiful composition we have for today.

¡Disfruten!

24.02.17 : Dany Noel – Mi Compas

Good day dear listeners, readers and blog followers!

Today I present you a very nice composition by Cuban Bassist, Tres player, compositor, arranger and singer, Dany Noel.

 

Dany Noel is a graduate of classic guitar at the Ignacio Cervantes conservatory in La Habana.
Dany moved to Spain in the mid 2000s and after that to Italy, where he started releasing the work of his band with Abanico Records.
Since 2006, Dany and his band (which includes bass, tress, congas, timbales, bongos, campana, piano, trombone, trumpet, saxophone, and vocals) released 5 albums being Dime Si Tu Sabes (2006), Mi Sentir (2006), Proposicion (2011), Tinta Unida (2014) and recently (February 4th 2017), Por La Habana.

In my opinion the album is very nice, and apart of the track presented today (which is my favorite, by the way), other tracks shall be presented here in the future.

So, here it is, the romantic, mellow yet quite energetic and dance-compelling, track called “Mi Compas”.
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17.02.17 : Michel Robles y el Sello – Mejor Solo Que Mal Acompañado

Good day dear readers, listeners and blog followers!

This week brought us the yearly fest of lovers (and shopkeepers 😉 ) all over the world – “Valentine’s”, the day of saint Valentine, also known as el dia the los enamorados.

As it is also known, not everybody has yet found their perfect mate, and many had (or preferred) to spend this day on their own, as singles.
Some places (like China) have already turned that into a gold mine as “singles’ day“, which brings us to today’s song, as this Cuban young man, although nowadays married in Peru, goes along this lines, claiming “¿para que el amor? para que el dolor? pa’ que me voy enamorar, si soltero me goza mejor?”

Michel Robles Ramos was born in La Habana in 1983, and has been singing for his whole life, professionally since the age of 15.
Having moved to Peru in 2000, Michel has been working with Robert Armas as one of the main vocalists of Los Conquistadores de la Salsa for over 8 years.
In 2009 Michel started forming his own project, with a band coming together in 2011, thus giving birth to “Michel Robles y el Sello”.
The band creates Timba and salsa using various Cuban rhythms, but also makes other music such as pop and ballads.
2 albums have been released by the band, called “la bomba que tengo”, which came out in late 2014, and “Mejor Solo Que Mal Acompañado”, which saw the light of day last march.

Today’s song is from Michel’s 2nd album, and deal with the topic of love, or more precisely, with the advantages of being single as compared to falling in love and getting into a relationships.
Some may agree, some may not, but all should be having a great time dancing Casino socially when this song gets played;
¡Disfruten!