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Friday, 04 January 2013, 07:38 PM

Yanet Fuentes & Yoannis Tamayo

This is how I want to dance

We haven't had a habit of posting much in the way of dance videos here, but I love this one and couldn't resist. Some day when I grow up, I hope to dance in some sort of approximation of what Yanet Fuentes does. I'm not one to have idols, but Yanet is my dance idol! Here she is dancing to Van Van's "De La Habana a Matanzas" (Mayito version) with Yoannis Tamayo, another of my favorite Cuban dancers. They give a wonderful, improvised demonstration of what Cuban dancing is all about. They do a mix of rumba, afro-cuban dances and casino and are obviously just playing and having a great time. This is what the music is all about, enjoy!

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Sunday, 30 December 2012, 03:37 PM

Happy New Year!

A Look Back at 2012

¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

Una mirada atrás a 2012 wishes you a happy and prosperous 2013, and as we prepare for the new year, we also wanted to take the opportunity to remember some key moments from this year: les desea un feliz y próspero año 2013, y mientras nos prparamos para el nuevo año, hemos quierido aprovechar la oportunidad para recordar algunos momentos importantes de este año: 

Music Industry Awards/ Premios de la industria musical:  

In Cuba's  CUBADISCO  2012,  Acabaito de Nacer (David Calzado y su Charanga Habanera) won the award for Best Album of Current Popular Dance Music.   It is worth mentioning that a band based in the United States, Timbalive, was also nominated in that category.  We believe that this is the first time that a band in the US has received that distinction. 

En Cuba, CUBADISCO 2012, Acabaito de Nacer (David Calzado y su Charanga Habanera) ganó el premio al Mejor Álbum de Musica Popular Bailable Actual.   Vale la pena mencionar que un grupo en los Estados Unidos, Timbalive, también fue nominado en esa categoria.  Creemos que esta es la primera vez que un grupo un ls EE.UU. ha recibido esta distinción.  

Also, Mis 22 Años (NG La Banda)  received a Special Prize along  with 30 Años de Son 14 (Son 14.)

Asimismo, Mis 22 Años (NG La Banda) recibió un Premio Especial junto con 30 Años de Son 14 (Son 14) 

In the United States, La Maquinaria (Juan Formell y Los Van Van)  received a nomination for Best Contemporary Tropical Album in the XIII Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards.   Although this was not necessarily the best Timba recording to come out during this period, we were glad to see that a Timba recording from anyone did finally receive recognition from the Academy.   The Academy also created a new category, Best Tropical Fusion, that will be worth watching in the future.  

En los Estados Unidos, La Maquinaria (Juan Formell y Los Van Van) recibió una nominación al Mejor Álbum Tropical Contemporáneo en La XIII Entrega Anual del Latin GRAMMY.  Aunque esto no era necesariamente la mejor grabación Timba para ser lanzado durante este periodo, nos alegramos de ver que una grabación Timba de cualquier grupo hizó finalmente recibir el reconocimiento de la Academia.  La Academia también ha creado una nueva categoría, Mejor Álbum de Fusión Tropical, que ser digno de ver en el futuro. 


Juan Formell celebrated his 70th birthday this year.  Congratulations Juan, and thanks for all the joy that you have brought us during several decades of wonderful music.    Also, the late Celia Cruz was selected by popular vote in the United States to be recognized with a special portrait in the Smithsonian Institution.   For fans in North America, the most important news of the year may be that 2012 saw a significant increase in tours by bands from Cuba.  Hopefully this trend will continue. 

Juan Formell celebró su cumpleaños número 70 este año.  Felicidades Juan, y gracias por toda la alegría que nos ha llevado durante varias décadas de música maravillosa.  Además, la fallecida Celia Cruz fue seleccionado por votación popular en los Estados Unidos para ser reconocido con un retrato especial en la Smithsonian Institution. Para los fans en  América del Norte, la noticia más importante del año puede ser que el 2012 se registró un aumento significativo en giras con grupos de Cuba.  Esperemos que esta tendencia va a continuar. 

Most Exciting Band of 2012/Grupo más excitante de 2012 doesn't have an official "Best Band" award, but if we did, it would be difficult to deny Alexander Abreu and Havana d'Primera the honors for 2012.  They sent audiences into a frenzy wherever we saw them play. no tiene un premio de "Mejor Grupo", pero si lo hiciériamos, sería dificil negar Alexander Abreu y Havana D'Primera los honores en 2012.  Enviaron a un público en un frenesi donde  los vimos tocar.  

Nominado para el Mejor Álbum Tropical - Best Tropical Latin Album Gramy Nominee - CUBANO SOY - Raúl Lara y sus SonerosGRAMMY NOMINATION
Nominated for Best Tropical Latin Album (Mejor Álbum Tropical)  in the upcoming 55th Grammy Awards, CUBANO SOY by Raúl Lara y sus Soneros, is a wonderful tradional Son and Rumba project from a Cuban expat living in Sweden, which practically has its own colony of Cuban musicians now. Raúl studied extensively with José Luis Quintana (Changuito) when he was younger.  He has played with several groups, but Cubano Soy is his debut release as a solo artist.  Raúl's website, which includes some sound clips, is here.  

In Memoriam:

Luis Abreu, Sara González, Paquito Hechavarria, Gregorio "El Goyo" Hernandez

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Monday, 24 December 2012, 05:39 PM

New Havana D' Primera Photo Gallery

Photos by Tom Ehrlich -- November 24 2012 @ Yoshi's


A new Alexander Abreu & Havana D' Primera photo gallery is up (all photos by Tom Ehrlich). Havana D' Primera played to two sold out shows at Yoshi's San Francisco on November 24, 2012.  Although there was some problems with the sound, HDP played two inspired sets and they lived up to their reputation. Click on any pic to view the gallery...




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Friday, 21 December 2012, 02:54 PM

A New Musical Hope For Chicago:

The 2nd Annual Afro-Caribbean Improvised Music Festival

Article by Bill Tilford
Photos by Bill Tilford (plus a Special Photo Gallery by Joshua Bennett)
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Pupy Cantor and the Edwin Sanchez Orchestra at the Old Town School of Folk Music    

     In the late 1990s, and for a brief period in more recent years, Chicagoans had the luxury of seeing some bands from Cuba and Puerto Rico at prices ranging from free to a minimal admission charge at various city festivals and events.   While it was wonderful to experience these performances while they were happening, as a long-term proposition, they may have conditioned audiences to expect to see this music at little or no visible cost (these performances were never truly "free" since payment came from a city budget that was experiencing escalating problems over the years).   More recently, the city has dramatically reduced its financial support for several musical events, cancelling some and dramatically reducing the scope of others.  Among other things, the Viva Chicago festival is no more, and the annual Puerto Rican festival in Humboldt Park has been shortened to adapt to budget cutbacks. The best information available to us indicates that this funding is unlikely to come flowing back in the foreseeable future, and increasing private (both for-profit and not-for-profit) sources will be needed to pick up the slack if Chicagoans hope to see this type of music live.

Henry Cole and the Afrobeat Collective at the Mayne Stage .

     Fortunately, two private venues have already stepped in to do what they can - the Mayne Stage and the Old Town School of Folk Music have been very aggressive in booking touring bands (including bands from Cuba) and have done a commendable job with the resources available to them.  The Old Town School in particular has used its outdoor festival as well as its indoor venues to help give the music a home.   More recently, a new privately-organized festival, Festival Cubano , has also emerged as a noteworthy annual event  (it is doubtful that this particular event will be in a position to book talent from outside the US, at least in the near future, but it has shown positive growth during its first three years in its ability to book a wide range of acts from within the United States).  
    One challenge confronting festivals and large concerts generally here to read the full post...

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