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Pa'lante y Con Fe
Alain Almeida y La Constelación de Cuba
Next week Alaín Almeida y La Constelación de Cuba will release their first CD "Pa'lante y Con Fe" on the Cubamusic label, and the album could not be more appropriately named. It has really been an effort of heart and soul as the band struggled to overcome problems that delayed the release for over a year.
The original plan was to release the CD in March 2015, but the band faced problems with both time and financing (the project was self-financed). Alaín spoke with Timba.com about the reasons for the delay of the album.
Alain: Sometimes I had time to record but not the money, and sometimes I had the money but not the time. Here the work schedule is really rough. We average 12 presentations a week. We start playing Wednesday and don't stop until Monday morning. We only have Monday and Tuesday to rest.
The delay was also caused by situations that we have had to face in the collective. At first the orchestra wasn't mine. I just joined the group to make music and continue my career. One day because of differences with of the owner of the orchestra, the musicians and I decided not to continue working with him. But he owned the instruments, and when we broke the association with him, we had to take a loan of 20 000 soles (about 6000 USD) to buy our instruments.
We played to pay off the instruments ... one thousand soles a week. For 20 weeks the money that we could have used to record and other things, had to be used on the new instruments. From April to late October we were paying one thousand soles a week. After we paid the instruments off, we were able to resume recording.
Making music is a constant struggle. This CD is a dream come true. I've been writing songs since I was 12 or 13, and I have never sold a song or given my songs to anyone. I've been waiting for a moment like this. It's a dream that has motivated me all my life, why I became a singer and why I'm here. It's a great blessing from God.
Timba.com is happy to congratulate Alain Almeida & La Constalación de Cuba on their first album, "Pa'lante y Con Fe". The album will be available next week at all the digital retailers and the band will also press CDs, mainly for the Peruvian audience.
Melón Lewis Quartet with Pedrito Martínez
Gallery #2 from SFJAZZ Cuban Piano Week
Here's Tom Ehrlich's second gallery from SFJAZZ's historic Cuban piano festival, this time featuring Melón Lewis's quartet with Jimmy Branly & Román Filiu.
Click here for my series of books on Melón's timba career with Issac Delgado.
Gonzalo & Pedrito
Tom Ehrlich's First SFJAZZ Gallery is Up
The photos are starting to come in from SFJAZZ's historic Cuban Piano Week series. Click here for Gonzalo Rubalcaba with special guest Pedrito Martínez.
ANGELITO RAMÍREZ & EL TREN BALA
EL REY DEL TIMBÓN
Angelito Ramiíez & El Tren Balá working on a new album
Angelito Ramirez & El Tren Balá released their first CD "Mi Historia" on the Cubamusic label in February this year, but they are already working on their second album, which will be titled "El Rey del Timbón" and is expected to reach the market early in 2017. They plan to release three singles before the album drops: "El rey del timbón", "Todo está escrito en esta vida" and "Farandulera".
Mi Historia ©Cubamusic 2016
The band has uploaded a video of "Farandula" from one of the rehearsals to give fans a glimpse of what is coming. You can find many other live videos of Angelito & El Tren Balá at YouTube from their numerous performances in Lima.
A first look at the new song "Farandulera" from the upcoming CD "El Rey del Timbón"
recorded during a rehersal
El Tren Balá is a mix of Cuban and Peruvian musicians:
Director/Songwriter/Composor: Angelito Ramírez (Perú).
Piano/musical directorl: Martín Villanueva "Tripio" (Perú)
Vocals: Maikel Orizondo (Cuba), Renato Fernández (Perú).
Horns: Rudy (Trompeta), Denis (Trombón), Roger (Trombón), Juancito (Saxofón) all Peruvians
Drums & Timbal: Manuel Moreno "Hueso" (Cuba).
Congas: Felito Silva (Cuba).
Baby Bass: Reynier Perez (Cuba).
Güiro: El Baby (Cuba)
Keyboard: Yordanky Hernández "El Rubio" (Cuba).
For more information contact
Contracts | (+51)956748871 | Renzo Rey (Representative)