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08.12.17 : Picason – Quiero

Good day dear blog followers, readers and listeners.

Today we shall be enjoying a very nice composition by Orquesta Picason.

With 6 albums, over 400 concerts since 1985, cooperation with some of the biggest names in Cuban music (such as Irakere, NG La Banda, Marcos A. Fernandez and Orlando “Maraca” Valle), and being the first group to play Cuban music in Europe, this Cuban-Swiss ensemble is nothing short of marvelous…

Today we shall be enjoying an interesting Montuno-Cha composition from their 2006 album “¡Que Felicidad!”.

Here it is, so listen y… ¡sigue disfrutando la musica Cubana!

01.12.17 : Happy birthday Aylin Dallera !

Good day dear readers, listeners and blog followers!
Did you know?
Yesterday, November 30th, was the birthday of one of my favorite singers, one of the best voices in contemporary Cuban, music “La Princesa de la Timba”, Ayline Dallera Mulgas.

Being 32 today and starting her professional career only at 18 years of age, after graduating from the la escuela Fernando Carnicer specializing in vocals and percussion, this immensly talented singer shot straight to top, to the primera linea of timba, becoming one of the lead vocalists of Azucar Negra.
Aylin appears on many of their albums from the mid 2000th, such as Exceso de equipaje, Toque Natural, Sin Mirar Atras and Somos Amigos.
She also sang some time later with Bamboleo, appearing on Todo Lo Que Soy and El Vecino.

In 2015 Aylin moved to miami, and later started her own band, Aylin y su Makina Timbera, who’s new song, Remolino, we shall be enjoying today.

¡Disfruta la musica Cubana!

24.11.17 : Waldemar y la Makina – Llamala

Good day dear blog readers, listeners, followers, y todos los amantes de la musica Cubana!

Today I bring you a very nice Timba composition from Argentina, by Waldemar y la Makina.

Waldemar Fabialdo is a musician, singer and composer from Ensenada, Argentina, stemming from a long line of artists, including a guitarrist father and a grandfather who’s a singer and professional folklore dancer.

Over the years Waldemar performed with plenty of local bands, including the Argentine Timba ensemble Clave Cubana Timbera, but has also performed with some of greatest start of Timba & Cuban music, such as Alexander Abreu, Pedrito Calvo, Mayito Rivera, Maykel Blanco and Mayimbe.

These days Waldemar leads his own group, Waldemar y la Makina, which have recentl released their first CD, Cosa de Barrio (2017), containing 11 songs in a variety of musical genres, including some fine Timba compositions.

One of these I gladly present you today – Llamala.

So, here it is;
¡Disfruta la musica Cubana!

17.11.17 : From Poland with love, sun and great Cuban music !

Good day dear blog followers, readers, listeners y todos los amantes de la musica Cubana!

Today the blog returns to its usual activity, after 2 weeks of silence resulting from me traveling to beautiful Poland, including the amazing 13th El Sol Salsa Festival, with a concert of Maykel Blanco y Su Salsa Mayor!

So, today I bring you 2 great songs, one that I heard one night while visiting the picturesque town of Sandomierz, and another one I had a great time dancing to during the festival.

The first one mentioned is a groovy new composition from the latest (2017) album of Bamboleo, and is called Mercedita:

The 2nd song is a romantic yet quite rhythmic composition by one of Cuba’s best vocalists, ex Pachito Alonso y Su Kini Kini & ex Bamboleo Vania Borges!

So here is a 2 song compensation of sorts for 2 weeks of 0 blog posts…

¡Disfruta la musica Cubana, mi gente!

27.10.17 : Maykel Blanco – Chaca Chaca

Dear blog readers, followers, listeners… I’m excited!
I’m excited because next week Maykel Blanco y su Salsa Mayor are coming to town… to a town near where I currently reside, as a part of their European fall 2017 tour.

And this is quite an exciting event, as live concerts of Cuban music are quite rare around here, and even more exciting as it will be a kind of warm up for me, considering the fact that I’ll be seeing them at Festival El Sol in Warsaw less that 2 weeks after that.

So today I’ll gladly present you with the band’s latest wonderful song, released a short while ago, and not yet a part of any album, called Chaca Chaca.

It’s a great one, as usual, so take a listen!

And here is a live performance from their concert in Ecuador a few weeks ago.

¡Disfrutala!

20.10.17 : Juan Kemell y La Barriada – Promesa

Good day dear blog followers, listeners and readers!

Today I gladly present you a fine band from the barrios de La Habana, a talented group of ENA graduates named La Barriada, led by trumpet player Juan Kemell.

The band was founded in La Habana in 1995, after the group members, who all grew up at the same barrio (neighborhood) in Habana (and hence the name) graduated from the ENA, national school of arts.

The band started with traditional Cuban music such as Son, Bolero, Cha Cha and Mambo, but was soon swept away by the immense pendulum of Timba which was in full swing during the mid 1990’s.

Their first album, La Barriada, was a sort of introduction of the band to the public, was released in 1996 and was a great success, prompting a pan Cuban tour throughout the island’s provinces, also participating at the carnival of Santiago.

Since then the band released several more albums including La Barrida de Cuba (2001), Rio Abajo (2002), Adios a la tristeza (2005), Havananza (2007) and Despues de la lluvia (2011), and has performed all over the globe, including Japan, The UK, France, Spain, Venezuela, Mexico, Germany, The Netherlands and many more.

Today we shall enjoy a fine Timba from the 2005 album called “Promesa”.
¡Disfrutala!

13.10.17 : Orquesta Songoloka – Coquimbo Tiene

Good day dear friends, blog followers, readers, listeners ¡y todos los amantes de la musica Cubana!

Today we have a fine Timba composition by a little known Chilean band called Orquesta Songoloka.

Coming all the way from the city of Coquimbo, at the northern part of Chile, this fine band of 9 makes some great salsa & Timba music for us to enjoy.

Some friends and I were recently watching this wonderful social dancing clip from 2017’s Timbafest at Moscow, and we came across the song.

¡Disfrutala!

06.10.17 : Maykel Blanco – Lo Bello Por Dento

Good day dear reader, listeners and blog followers!

The amazing Maykel Blanco y Su Salsa Mayor are on tour in Europe, and the concerts have already begun… videos are there on youtube, for those who can’t wait.

So today, we shall enjoy another beautiful composition by this highly talented Cuban pianist, composer and song writer and his band of virtuosos…

Today’s featured composition is a wonderful Timba called “lo bello por dentro”, from la mayors’ first album, the masterpiece “Recoje y Vete” that came out in 2005.

As it is the case with many Timbas, this song is full of references to the African roots of Cuban culture, gears, solos & improvisation and rhythm changes… fun fun fun!

So, here it is…
¡Disfrutala!

29.09.17 : Yorgis Goiricelaya – Otro Loco Que Se Enamoro

Good day dear blog followers, readers ¡y todos los amantes de la musica Cubana!

Today I present you a fine composition by talented Cuban bassist, pianist, singer and arranger Yorgis Goiricelaya…

Yorgis Goiricelaya comes from Matanzas, Cuba, where he started studying piano at the age of 8, joining a musical group only 2 year later, at 10 years of age.
Yorgis moved to Costa Rica in 1997, and soon started performing professionally as a pianist and bassist.
A bit later, in 1999, Yorgis started writing and arranging music as a musician and manager of the country’s most well know Timba band, Conjunto Chocolate, with whom he received several national level awards for 2 successful album released by that band.

Yorgis released his first independent album, Abriendo Caminos, in 2005, exceeding the expectations of critics, bringing about a series of concerts noted as the best Cuban music concerts in Costa Rica by the country’s leading newspaper, La Nacion.
In late 2005 Yorgis moved to Miami, and since then have been performing around the world with such artists as Issac Delgado, Oscar De Leon, Irakere, Celia Cruz, Xiomara Laugart, Malena Burke and many more.
In 2010 Yorgis released his second Album, Elegance, containing mostly Latin Jazz, together with such special guests as Paquito De Rivera, Isaac Delgado, and Tony Perez among others.
In 2013 he was nominated for the Latin Grammy awards.

Today’s composition comes from Yorgis’s first album, Abriendo Caminos, and is called Otro Loco Que Se Enamoro.
¡Disfrutala!