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Interview Thomas de Paula Eby
New Single and New Album on the Way
photo used by permission
© Thomas de Paula Eby
Calle Real' s lead singer, Thomas de Paula Eby, released the single "Camaguey" on August 8, 2016, which immediately caused timberos to fear that he is leaving Calle Real. Timba.com sat down with Thomas in the studio where he is finishing the mixing of his solo album. We talked about his plans with Calle Real, the single, the video and the album. The tracks are listed below but not in any particular order.
Before we all dry out
They never look into my eyes/Mirame a los ojos
It's just me (Rumbita)
Fill your heart with pride
Down The Line
Musicians participating on the album:
Thomas de Paula Eby-Leadvocals, guitars, percussion, mallets (SE)
Andreas Unge-Bass, Guitars, Percussion (SE)
Gunnar ”El Dony” Thullberg-Tres, Guitars (SE)
Gustav Lundgren-Guitars, Cavaquinho (SE)
Felipe ”Babuca” Grimaldi-Guitars (BR)
Sebastian Notini-Percussion (SE/BR)
Fredrik Gille-Percussion (SE)
Zamba N´Dokh M´Baye-Tama (SN)
Harry Wallin-Drums (SE)
Brady Blade-Drums (US)
Per Eklund-Drums (SE)
Jesper Nordenström-Piano (SE)
Bel Barbosa-Accordion (BR)
Giba Conceicao-Cuíca (BR)
Alexande Vieira-Coro (BR)
Raquel Vieira-Coro (BR)
Tilde de Paula Eby-Coro (SE/BR/CU)
Naemi de Paula Bjuhr-Coro (SE)
Bianca Ward-Coro (SE)
Two Fantastic Pedrito Martínez Podcasts
Ned Sublette Interviews Pedrito (in English)
My favorite Cuban musician, interviewed by my favorite Cuban music writer and interviewer! And the excerpts and audio quality are exquisite.
Tom Ehrlich's Alfredo Rodríguez Gallery
With Pedrito Martínez
QEPD DESCARGA.COM 1992-2016
After 24 years of operation, Descarga.com has ceased operations and posted a farewell message on their website. For many years, especially their early years, they were the most important source of hardcopy CDs of Cuban music in the United States, but they were much more than that - album reviews, articles, in the early years they even had a wonderful newsletter until it eventually went the way of most newsletters in this industry as people began reading less and watching video more. I was a customer myself for many years (admittedly less so in recent times, but that had more to do with my own circumstances than with theirs). In the 90s, they were even written up in some articles about e-commerce as being in the vanguard of Internet businesses.
They weren't done in by a competitor doing the same things that they did, but rather by the changing patterns of how many people now consume music (including, unfortunately, the free file-sharing which is gradually destroying the chances for physical recordings to be sold effectively in the marketplace anywhere other than concerts and impairing digital sales in our genres as well).
Congratulations to Bruce Pollin and the Descarga operation for many years of excellence. This is a sad day for the Tropical Latin music industry and for Latin Jazz as well.