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Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 08:53 PM

Fiesta Del Tambor 2018

Full Program Released

Fiesta del Tambor 2018

The 2018 Fiesta del Tambor Guillermo Barreto en Memoriam begins March 5th and really is a party with so many facets that you are guaranteed to find something for you. The complete program has now been published. Check it out and you can even download it as a PDF if you want to have it with you as you walk around Havana.

Many of the events will take place the the new Cultural Center and Casa de la Musica in Plaza, which houses both a concert venue, a piano bar and also a community center. Click here to read Bill's blog on it.  There are music and dance workshops and competitions, and lots of concerts. How about Bamboleo, Klímax, Manolito y su Trabuco, Aisar y el Expresso de Cuba, Pupy y Los Que Son Son, Maykel Blanco y su Salsa Mayor, Azúcar Negra, Tanja Pantoja, Achy Lang, Charanga Latina, Los 4, Los Van Van, El Niño y la Verdad, Issac Delgado, and Havana d'Primera to name a few. And that doesn't include the jazz and rumba concerts! 

Check out the video below to see how things are already heating up at La Tropical.

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Wednesday, 21 February 2018, 08:14 PM

Baby Lores Europe 2018

Baby Lores 2018 Tour

ENGLISH: Baby Lores my be best known for his reggaeton songs such as "Déjala ir" with Insurrecto & Clan 537 and "Los besos de tu boca" with El Chacal, but Lores is multifaceted artist. Beginning his career as a child in Cienfuegos, he has a very nice timbre as lead singer, plays piano, guitar and bass and is also a composer, arranger and producer. In 2013 despite his great success as  a reggaetonero, he decided to record more traditional Cuban genres where he collaborated with stars such as Descemer Bueno, Kelvis Ochoa, Omi Hernández, Roldan (Orishas), Alain Daniel, and Alexander Abreu, who also did some of the arrangements on the album. The CD "180 Grados" became available in 2017 at digital retailers and I recommend you check it out!

Baby Lores will begin touring Europe at the beginning of March. Below are a few of the confirmed dates for the tour. You can keep up with the tour dates by following Baby Lores Official Facebook Page.

ESPAÑOL: Baby Lores es mejor conocido por sus canciones de reggaeton como "Déjala ir" con Insurrecto & Clan 537 y "Los besos de tu boca" con El Chacal, pero Lores es un artista multifacético. Comenzó su carrera como niño en Cienfuegos, tiene un timbre muy agradable como cantante principal, toca el piano, la guitarra y el bajo, y también es compositor, arreglista y productor. En 2013 a pesar de su gran éxito como reggaetonero, decidió grabar géneros cubanos más tradicionales donde colaboró con estrellas como Descemer Bueno, Kelvis Ochoa, Omi Hernández, Roldán (Orishas), Alain Daniel, y Alexander Abreu quien también hizo algunos arreglos en el álbum. ¡El CD "180 Grados" se lanzó en comercios minoristas digitales en el 2017 y recomiendo que lo compruebes!

Baby Lores comenzará an gira de Europa a principios de marzo. A continuación se muestran algunas de las fechas confirmadas para la gira. Puedes mantenerte al día con las fechas de la gira siguiendo la página oficial de Facebook de Baby Lores.

March 2, 2018 - Rome, Italy - Energia do Brasil
March 9, 2018 - Naples, Italy - The Square
March 10, 2018 - Ancona, Italy - La Jarana

Buscaré feat. Kelvis Ochoa CD - "180 Grados"

"Déjala ir 2" feat. Alexander Abreu CD "180 Grados"

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Monday, 19 February 2018, 03:57 PM

CHUCHO VALDÉS & GONZALO RUBALCALBA EN US

OMAR SOSA US TOUR


Chucho Valdés and Gonzalo Rubalcalba will perform as a duo at Smphony Center in Chicago on Friday, February 23, 2018 at 8:00pm.   Although each has a long and storied musical career, this tour is said to be their first time performing as a duo.   More information and tickets are available at the Symphony Center website


Omar Sosa
will be on tour in the United States in  several cities in March including a key stop at the Old Town School of Folk Music  in Chicago on March 15.   This tour is in support of his new release with Seckou Keita, Transparent Water, scheduled for release this month.   We'll say more about that recording closer to the date.  For the Old Town School of Folk Music performane, tickets and more information are available here.  The rest of the tour schedule is available here 
Here is some video of Omar and Sekou performing together:

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Sunday, 18 February 2018, 11:48 AM

Upcoming Events in Cuba - Part 1

Festival de la Salsa en Cuba 2018

Festival de la Salsa en Cuba 2018

ENGLISH: Even as the 2018 tour season gets underway, things are heating up in Cuba with a number of great music festivals and events. I will post about them here over the next few days so stay tuned. And remember that if you can't make these events this year, most of them are recurring so you can start planning for next year!

First up is the Festival de la Salsa en Cuba, which begins Wednesday, February 21st. The festival includes dance and music workshops, An excursion in Havana with Papucho, directer of Papucho y Manana Club, as well as fantastic concerts each night in Parque Metropolitano. The opening concert will be held by Wil Campa. Participants can buy complete passes for all events and concerts, concert-only passes or a day pass that is good from 5pm for one day only. The after parties are not included in any of the passes but are something you don't want to miss with animations, DJs, and separate dance floors for traditional versus contemporary music. Foreigners will not be able to attend events this year by buying tickets in moneda nacional, but you can purchase your tickets in advance by following this link.

ESPAÑOL: Mientras la temporada de giras de 2018 se pone en marcha, las cosas se están calentando en Cuba con una serie de grandes festivales y eventos de música. Voy a publicar sobre ellos aquí en los próximos días, así que estad atentos. ¡Y recuerde que si no puedes asistir a estos eventos este año, la mayoría de ellos se repiten cada año para que puedas comenzar a planificar el próximo año!

Primero está el Festival de la Salsa en Cuba, que comienza el miércoles 21 de febrero. El festival incluye talleres de danza y música, una excursión a La Habana con Papucho, director de Papucho y Manana Club, así como fantásticos conciertos cada noche en el Parque Metropolitano. El concierto de apertura se llevará a cabo por Wil Campa. Los participantes pueden comprar pases completos para todos los eventos y conciertos, pases solo de concierto o un pase de un día que es válido a partir de las 5 p.m. durante un solo día. Las after parties no están incluidas en ninguno de los pases, pero son algo que no debe perderse con animaciones, DJs y pistas de baile separadas para música tradicional versus contemporánea. Los extranjeros no podrán asistir a eventos este año comprando boletos en moneda nacional, pero pueden comprar sus boletos con anticipación usando este enlace.

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