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.


Update late Decembre 2017 – official video clip has been released!

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”.

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.


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…

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.

22.09.17 : Azucar Negra – Porque Me Miras Asi

Good day dear readers, blog followers and listeners!

Today I present you a nice new composition by Azucar Negra.

A bit less then a year ago, the band released a very nice collaboration with Alexander Abreu as a promo for their upcoming album by the same name, which has been available for purchase since August 28th.

I still haven’t heard all of the album, but some of what I have heard, such as the title track with Alexander or a cover of a Charanga Habanera Timba classic from la epoca del oro, is pretty good.

Another good composition is the one presented here today, a romantic Timba called “Porque Me Miras Asi”.

Here it is… ¡Disfrutala!

15.09.17 : Grupo Chevere – Cuantas Veces

Good day dear blog followers, readers and listeners!

Today I present you yet another fine Timba by one of my favorite non Cuban bands, the Marvel of Nippon, Grupo Chevere, one of the best creators of Cuban & Latin music in Asia and a personal favorite band of mine, who have been on the market for almost 3 decades now!

Now, for today’s composition, it comes from the bands’ wonderful 2012 album, Cheverisimo, and is more on the romantic, calmer side of Timba, but still loaded with a sweeping groove, nice melodic riffs, good vocals and energy levels that slowly increase to a burst during the later part of the song (just the way I like it!) .

So, here is the composition…

08.09.17 : Pupy y Los Que Son Son – Cuentame Todo

Good day dear readers, listeners and blog followers!

Everybody has their own story to tell, and Timba bands are no exception, especially such major and influential veterans such as the author of today’s featured composition – a wonderful Timba by non other that Cesar “pupy” Pedroso.

Today’s composition is “Cuentame Todo”, and (as one can see above) is from the wonderful (Timba, as yet can be seen…) 2005 album “Mi Timba Cerra”, which truly stands up to its name!

The song features the usual driving, rolling, groove the band always has, wonderful piano riffs and some great trumpet solos together with powerful vocals, all mixed and spiced up at a BPM at the higher 90s, perfect for social dancing.

With such compositions as the title track, La Bala de Billy, De la Timba a Pogolotti, La Borrachera and the track featured today, the album is considered to be one of the bands best, and among the best albums of 2005.

So, here it is, a true Timba success story…
So, do you have a Cuban music \ social dancing story tell?
Feel free to comment and share!

By the way, a composition which goes by same name, which came out at roughly the same time yet by a different, no less talented, Timba persona grata, has already been featured here at the blog some time ago, so you can listen to that as well 🙂

01.09.17 : Las Chicas del Sol – El Orgulloso

Good day dear readers, listeners and blog followers!

Today I present you an interesting all girl orchestra of talents from the golden age of Timba!

Orquesta Las Chicas del Sol was founded at La Habana, on September 15th 1993 by bassist, composer and arranger Griffith Lopez, more or less at the time that Timba was starting to gain ground at the capital, and soon driving the music and dance scene of Cuba almost mad with excitement and bliss – a new age of Cuban music was steamrolling through the island, claiming some “victims” outside it as well (the NG La Banda tour of Japan is an example of how far it went).

The band was formed from various young & talented graduates of La Habana’s various conservatories and music schools, including such (future) stars as Yousy Barbara Ruiz (Maravillas de Florida, Ritmo Oriental) and Ailyn Dallera (Azucar Negra) to name a few…

A “first class female group”, as officially recognized by the Cuban national institute of music and the Adolfo Guzman center of music, the band has formed it’s own unique style over the years, recognizable by powerful vocals, hard hitting percussion, great bass groove, catchy piano riffs and plenty of improvisation, combining the great traditions of Cuban music with other Afro-Caribbean genres and socially oriented lyrics about current themes.

The group participated in an international music festival for the first time in 1995 and recorded its first CD, called “La Habana”, in 1999, and since then performed with some of the greatest stars of the Timba genre, such as Klimax, Irakere, NG La Banda, Pachito Alonso Y Su Kini Kini, Los Van Van, Isaac Delgado, Adalberto Alvarez, Paulito FG, Yumuri Y Sus Hermanos, Manolito y Su Trabuco, Charanga Habanera, Bamboleo and many others.
The group also toured the Caribbean, South America, Africa and Europe.

Except the wonderful “La Habana” (the CD to which today’s composition belongs) the band also took part at a wonderful compilation of traditional Cuban music called “100 lindas Cubanas”, performed only by All female groups, together with Anacaona, Son Damas and other bands.

As typical of Timba bands, the band even has it’s own “catch phrase”:

Camina woman… y goza man!

Personally I think that this might be an influence of Charanga Habanera’s “Hey you, Loca!” (the album and the song) that came out a year before the band was formed, becoming an instant hit.
Also, Charanga Habanera songs are often quoted by the band – can you spot the references here?

Well, here is the composition for today.


25.08.17 : Junito y su Secreto a Voces – El Protagonista (Se Le Fue La Mano)

Good day dear readers, listeners and blog followers!
Today we shall be enjoying a very nice cover version to a Timba classic.

When asking readers of Timba.com to name several memorable Timba compositions many included “el protagonista”, also known as “se le fue la mano” in their answer, and rightfully so;
This great composition, by Bamboleo, comes from “la epoca del oro”, the golden age of Timba, being the mid 1990’s to early 2000’s, a time when this band (and many others) were in their element 24/7, and produced an incredible harvest of great Timba for us fans to enjoy.

This song comes from the amazing 1999 album “ya no hace falta”, and today is presented in the 2005 cover version by a band called Junito y su Secreto a Voces, from their 8 track and highly varied album “bailalo…” .
The lead vocal is by the wonderful Betsy Lopez, and the band is a personal project of Julio Albino, a timbalero who in the past worked with Lalo Rodriguez, Grupo Niche and Frankie Ruiz among others.

So, while definitely not a mighty beast like the original, this cover is quite decent, fun, finely arranged and well executed…

So, here it is… ¡Disfrutala!