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The Billboard Latin Music Conference & Awards is the most important Latin Music Conference in the World. The BLMC allows one to schedule multiple meetings with people from around the world in a very short amount of time.

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Thursday, 17 May 2012, 09:01 AM

Smithsonian Considers Celia Cruz For Special Portrait

Smithsonian Considera Celia Cruz Para Un Retrato Especial

Vote By Public Will Decide

Voto Por El Público Decidirá

The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History is having a special public vote to determine which of five historical figures should be the subject of a new special historical portrait.  One of the nominees is Celia Cruz.   The other nominees are Audie Murphy, Alice Paul, Samuel Morse and Frederick Douglass.   

El Museo Nacional Smithsonian de Historia Americana está haciendo una votación especial del público para determinar cuál de cinco figuras históricas deberiá ser objeto de un nuevo retrato histórico especial.   Uno de los nominados es Celia Cruz.  Los otros nominados son Audie Murphy, Alice Paul, Samuel Morse y Frederick Douglass. 

Photo from the Smithsonian's website.

Celia left an enormous body of work both in Cuba and later in the United States, and her style influenced generations of female Salsa vocalists.    

Voting is open until May 26
, and you can vote on your choice for this portrait on the National Museum of American History's web page by using this link: Frame an Iconic American

Celia dejó un enorme cuerpo de obras, tanto en Cuba y más tarde en los Estados Unidos, y su estilo influyó en generaciones de cantantes femeninas de la Salsa.  La votación está abierta hasta el 26 de Mayo, y usted puede votar en su elección para este retrato en la página de web del Museo Nacional de Historia Americana mediante el uso de este enlace: Frame an Iconic American

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Wednesday, 16 May 2012, 02:14 PM

Issac Delgado - El Supercubano on Tour

Issac Delgado - Copenhagen May 25, 2012 The European summer tour season is off to an early start with Issac Delgado, Tirso Duarte, Pedrito Calvo Jr. and Septeto Nabori already on tour in May, among others! I was able to see Elito Revé y su Charangón on the Viking Line salsa cruise last month and will be catching the Supercubano himself, Issac Delgado, at the May 25th concert in Copenhagen. This will be the only concert in Scandinavia, by the way, so if you live in Sweden or Norway you should make a timba pilgrimage to see him! Doors open at 8:00pm and the pre-concert activities include my friend Salsani Salsa-dj spinning tunes and a salsa warm-up with Stine Ortvad and her Cuban Moves group at 9:00pm. The concert will be from 10:00pm-11:30pm and then the afterparties begin, first at Vesterbro Kulturhus and later at Club Mambo!
Advance tickets
are 280 DKK at the door they cost 330 DKK
For more information: www.cubakultur.dk

The remaining concerts of Issac's tour are posted on his tours page so check it out to find a concert near you.

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Monday, 14 May 2012, 01:08 AM

Aprietan los cubanos en Francia

New Tirso Duarte Release (with La Mecánica Loca)

Currently #1 on Radio Timba ( http://timba.com.radio ) is a new, auto-biographical  track entitled "Lucharé".  If you listen, Tirso Duarte tells you...

"Sé que muchos se preguntan que me ha pasado, que si me he vuelto loco, que si estoy acabado, que si todavía estoy cantando y con quien ..... (I know many are wondering what happened to me, if I went crazy, if I'm finished, if I'm still singing and with who...)"

Well the answers are all laid out in this new release "Tirso Duarte y la Mecánica Loca" (Agorila).

New Tirso Duarte Release (with La Mecánica Loca) - Cuban Music News - Noticias de música cubana

Recorded in France and released by the French label Agorila, the album is a collaboration between Tirso and an award winning percussionist and band-leader Julien Garin

Click here to continue reading and review the full track list and musician listings....

Also from France and making the rounds on YouTube is a project from trumpeter / band-leader Alexander Batte called "Cuban Monsters". Based in Paris, their first single "La Rumba La Pongo Yo" features some excellent bass playing and mambos on this blend of traditional son / salsa that leads into a heavy timba coro-pregón. Enjoy! 

Alexander Batte and his Cuban Monsters - New Tirso Duarte Release (with La Mecánica Loca) - Cuban Music News - Noticias de música cubana

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Friday, 11 May 2012, 10:13 PM

Alain with Havana d'Primera!

It took a while but I finally got both halves of Alain playing bass with Havana d'Primera at their historic US debut. Check out at about 4:12 (and many other places!) after the video switches to the narrower iPhone clip. To me, the way Alain's is laying down the bomba is truly what timba is all about. The audio is not the greatest, but use your imagination - it was truly insane!

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