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Friday, 22 April 2011, 04:19 PM

New Tiempo Libre Available for Pre-Order

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Tiempo Libre's My Secret Radio is very hot, take-no-prisoners timba, laced with all sorts of great bloques, gear changes and slick arranging. The new member (2nd from the right, standing) is Pututi III, and he's an amazing drummer who lives up to the reputations of his two older brothers (who recorded all the classic Manolín records) and his cult legend father (who should be Pututi I, and everybody else should have one number added, but ...). Anyway, the album is mostly pure timba dura, with one clever Earth Wind & Fire cover (it works well in Spanish) and a guest appearance from Albita.

Here's the latest tour info. They're in Oregon now and will play Montana and New York.

This just in: TL was just confirmed for an October date at the SF Jazz Festival!

Note: Two other TL CDs can be bought at LPM.

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Saturday, 16 April 2011, 12:35 AM

Timba Percussion Clinics - April 23-26-28

Featuring Calixto Oviedo of NG La Banda & Afro-Cuban All-Stars

OK timberos and timberas here's another great opportunity to be exposed to the inner mechanics of the music we love. On SATURDAY APRIL 23 there will be a Beyond Salsa Percussion clinic in Vancouver, Canada, at the Long & McQuade Drum Department located at 368 Terminal Avenue. The clinic features Jorge Luis "Papiosco" Torres & Calixto Oviedo, currently on tour with the Afro-Cuban All-Stars.  

Calixto Oviedo & Jorge Luis "Papiosco" Torres - Beyond Salsa Percussion

The clinics on the 26 & 28 of APRIL are in Los Angeles, at the CAL-STATE campus (full website here) and they are FREE (GRATIS). These are almost FULL so get there EARLY because seating is limited.

APRIL 26  Beyond Salsa Percussion Clinic
7pm @ the 150 Band Room at the Music Department Cal-State
Featuring Questions and Answer Session with Calixto Oviedo and Keivn Moore & the Cal-State LA Afro-Latin Ensemble.

APRIL 28  Beyond Salsa Percussion Clinic
8pm @ the Music Hall at the Music Department Cal-State
Cal-State LA Afro-Latin Ensemble Concert featuring Calixto Oviedo
Also Los Jovenes del Son Septet (Cal-State LA Altin Combo)

First come first server seating is limited for these FREE Los Angeles clinics. Shout out to Robert Fernández...send us a pic Robert. 

Cal State LA Afro-Latin Ensemble

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Thursday, 14 April 2011, 10:46 AM

Buen Aniversario Giraldo Piloto & Klímax!

The band celebrates 16 years today!

Timberos around the world, take some time today to celebrate a tu manera with Giraldo Piloto and Klímax who are celebrating their 16th anniversary! Having just returned from a European tour there hasn't been time to plan the official celebration event; it will come soon and we will keep you updated. But for now the band is celebrating this morning with friends at Casa De la Música Miramar. Rumor has it there will be plenty of cake, ensalada y ron! I was congratulating Piloto this morning and he asked me to send a "saludo" to all the readers of and says "Los queremos". Well Piloto, let me speak on behalf of all timberos and say we love you and your band too! Thank you for all the years of enjoyment you have brought us. We look forward to many more!

Klimax by Patrick Bonnard Klímax - Cannes 2010 - photo ©Patrick Bonnard, used by permission

Canadians will be happy to hear that Klímax will be performing there soon, June 3-5. All details will be posted as soon as we are fully updated.

  For now let me leave you with a video from the album "Solo tú y yo"
the hit "La Permuta" sung by Leo Garrido.

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Saturday, 09 April 2011, 05:13 AM

Paulito & Yoshi Pa'l Piso!

The Latest Photos from Tom Ehrlich

Paulito and Yoshi herself burning up the dance floor at his recent Oakland tour. Click here for Tom Ehrlich's full gallery. [Kevin Moore]

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