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.
Disfruten!

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!

P.S:
A new, very beautiful, clip for the song has been released in early May 2017, which is added below…

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”.
Disfruten!

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!

10.02.17 : NG La Banda y Yeni Valdez – Acorralada, Negrita Fina & Veneno

Good day dear readers, listeners and blog followers.

If you are fans of Timba or Cuban music in general, you must have probably heard of the departure of Yeni Valdez from Los Van Van due to personal reasons.

This is quite sad for us music fans, but love always comes first… such is life!

You most probably know Yeni as the wonderful lead singer of Los Van Van… but did you know that her big break into the world of primera linea Timba came before that?
Actually, Yeni started her career in the big league with NG La Banda, as a new lead singer on their 1997 Album Veneno.
Yeni sings on the title track, on Acorralada and on Negrita Fina.

So for today we have not one clip but two new ones, never appearing on this blog before!
And here they are… Disfruten!

 

03.02.17 : Paulito FG – Te Deseo Suerte

Good day dear blog readers, listeners and followers.

Today I present you a nice, romantic composition by Paulito FG.

Paulito had a thing for romantic music since his early days in the world of Cuban music, and this is apparent in most of his albums;
Even his most “hardcore” Timba albums of the “epoca de oro” of the 1990’s include 1-2 romantic and highly lyrical compositions.

The song presented today is the title track of the 2003 album “Te deseo Suerte”.
This is not your typical Timba, Salsa or even typical Paulito FG album;
Rather, it is an eclectic album of western music, Cuban music and everything in between, including salsa, Timba, pop, reggaeton, Bolero and ballads.

The salsa and Timba compositions on this album are quite nice in my opinion, with “Que Mania” being one of the better ones, but the title track, presented here today, being my personal favorite.

So, here it is;
Disfruten!

27.01.17 : Orquesta D’Talle – Algo Anda Mal

Good day dear readers, listeners and blog followers!

Today I present you a very nice Timba composition by Orquesta D’Talle, one of several Timba groups made only of women!

This fine band released only 1 album as far as I know, called “de la salsa Cubana”, and this took place in 1999.
Since then the band moved to Vancouver, Canada and has released several singles over the years, but none of them became a full album.

Anyways, the few compositions that we do have are wonderful, including the one I chose for today, called “Algo Anda Mal”.

Disfruten!

20.01.17 : Altibajo Latin Son – De Amarte Mas

Good day dear blog followers, readers and listeners!

Today I present you a very nice composition by yet another Colombian group, this time Altibajo Latin Son from Bucaramanga, Colombia.
Founded in 2006 by singer, guitarist and composer Victor Carreño, the group makes Colombian, Antillan, Caribbean and Afro Cuban music in a Sexteto format, with vocals, bass, timbalero, conguero, saxophone & trumpet players and even a Tresero!

In December 2016 the group released their first album, De Amarte Mas, who’s title track I present you today, as it is in my opinion very nice and full of Sabor Cubano!

Disfruten!

13.01.17 : Xiomara Laugart – Un Amor Asi

Good day dear readers, listeners and blog followers!

Today I present you a fine Timba composition by an artist mostly known in the genre of La Nueva Trova and political song – Xiomara Laugart.

Starting her musical career in 1979, participating in the Red Dianthus political song festival in Berlin.
A year later she won the 3rd place in the prestigious Concurso Adolfo Guzman de Musica Cubana in Cuba, and 2 years later took 3rd place in the Red Dianthus, which on that year took place in Sochi, USSR.
Over the years Xiomara had been a member of several music ensembles, traveled to Europe, Africa and various countries of the Caribbean, performed with such notable figures as Pablo Milanes and Silvio Rodriguez, and even participated in the films Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights and Paraíso Bajo las Estrellas .

Over the years Xiomara produced 17 albums, with the song presented today being from the 2010 album “Que Manera de Quererte”.

Disfruten!