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sábado, 24 septiembre 2011, 07:56 pm

Mayito & Pepito

Los Van Van @ SOBs

Los Van Van is currently rapping up their tour in the US . They play tonight in Miami at Aché. Here is a fantastic video of their concert at S.O.B.s in New York City where Mayito Rivera invited Pepito Gómez on stage during Qué sorpresa for a little improvisation. What a fantastic combination of voices! Pepito has never sounded better! Thanks to for making this amazing moment available to all of those who couldn't attend the concert.

UPDATE : The Louisville, KY. concert seems to have been cancelled.

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viernes, 23 septiembre 2011, 05:54 pm

2 New Shows Added for MAYKEL BLANCO

New York - San Francisco - Billingham - Seattle - Los Angeles - Miami

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First Performance in the United States!
Los Angeles Flyer - Musician & Staff List

Current Tour Schedule:
Saturday October 8 - S.O.B's - New York City, New York
Thursday October 13 - Moe's Alley - Santa Cruz, California
Friday October 14 - Café Cócomo - San Francisco, California
Friday October 15 - Blue Horse Gallery - Bellingham, Washington
Friday October 16 - Club Sur - Seattle,  Washington
Monday October 17 - Mission Cultural Center (Lecture) - San Francisco, California
Thursday October 20 - The Reef - Los Angeles, California
Saturday October 22 - Aché Supper Club - Miami, Florida [Mike Lazarus]

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viernes, 23 septiembre 2011, 01:29 pm

Cuban Music Dominates Latin Grammy "Traditional Tropical" Category

Will it take another 60 years for Timba to receive true Grammy recognition?

New e-ticket tool for Latin music promoters

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One quick glance at the 2011 Latin Grammy nominees in the TROPICAL category and you can see that, with the exception of Puerto Rico's famous bomba group "Esencia", the nominees are all Cuban music groups. Also interesting is that the genres are all "pre-revolution" (son, guaracha, guajira, descarga, bolero, etc), especially when you look at the nominees in the other 4 categories....

Best Salsa Album
Best Cumbia / Vallenato Album
Best Contemporary Tropical Album 
Best Tropical Song

Click here to see the offical list of all TROPICAL Latin Grammy 2011 nominees

Best Traditional Tropical AlbumTraditional Tropical Latin Grammy 2011 Nominees
Toda Una Vida (Cuban Masterworks)
Albita [Angels' Dawn Records]

El Son De Altura
Adalberto Álvarez y Su Son [Bis Music]

The Last Mambo
Cachao [Latinum/Eventus]

Con La Fuerza De Un Tren
Esencia [Esencia]

Oye Mi Son Santiaguero
Septeto Santiaguero [Picap]

Ok so the Cumbia / Vallenato category we can understand the lack of Cuban music groups, but if you look at the other categories outside of "Traditional", well, Timba is completely off of the radar. We see:

- Cuban music groups only appear in the traditional category (pre-revolution genres)
- Salsa is dominated by the PR / NY sound
- Timba does not appear anywhere, especially in the Contemporary Tropical category
Timba by definición is contemporary tropical music.

All politics aside, one simple reason for this is that for the most part, and full disclosure here as I am a voting & engineering memebe rof the Grammys / Latin Grammys / P& E Wing, the members who work on a musical project, as well as their extended professional circle and individual fan base, are the ones who most vote and spearhead the support for the nomination of an album oir song. In stark contrast to the Recording Academy Grammy Awards,  which focuses on products released in the U.S. (in the period of eligibility) and its members are located in the United States, this is NOT SO for the Latin Grammys. The Latin Recording Academy recognizes recordings released anywhere in the world with the only condition being that they were recorded in Spanish or Portuguese. This means that you can be a Latin Grammy member if you live OUTSIDE of the United States (and of couse meet the necessary professional requirements). So if you are like me, and you very well know that "Haciendo Historia" and "Cuando Suena el Río" by Alexander Abreu y Habana D'Primera is fully deserving of Latin Grammy album and song awards, as well as many TImba artists that are consistently overlooked, be aware that you can absolutely do something about it. Write them = and/or join.

In other news, today I found an excellent tool for Promoters and Producer of Live TIMBA and Latin Music events (more timba please)....


Brown Paper Tickets launches full Spanish language website.

Brown Paper Tickets announces the launch of new Spanish-language ticketing services and Spanish-language website ( This launch marks the first time the company's full ticketing service suite has been offered in Spanish to event producers. In honor of National Hispanic Heritage month, the company is offering free English to Spanish translations of event descriptions for the first week of the new launch. Rather than simply publishing a translated website, Brown Paper Tickets has dedicated great resources to serve and support Spanish-speaking communities, estimated at over 45 million people strong in the US alone by the last census.
* Disclosure = I have no personal interest, connection or business arrangement with Brown Paper Tickets. It's just a way to sell tickets online in spanish. [Mike Lazarus]

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viernes, 23 septiembre 2011, 06:37 am

New NG - SF Going Wild

The new double NG La Banda CD is very interesting and should be widely available soon. It includes a blistering new version of my favorite NG song, Rap de Muerta.

Meanwhile, an explosion of concerts and clinics is about to hit the Bay Area, including Santa Cruz (home of's worldwide corporate headquarters).

In book news, I'm getting ever closer on the second Pupy book, about to start the first volume of Beyond Salsa Bass featuring Alain Pérez!, and about to release a stand-alone course on clave changes. And speaking of Pupy - watch for Siempre Pupy, which sounds fantastic and should be available soon. [Kevin Moore]

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