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Friday, 02 August 2019, 05:40 AM

Los Hermanos Arango

At Freight & Salvage Tonight (Friday)

La familia Arango really brought it to Kuumbwa tonight. It's an entirely different repertoire from what we heard at Ashkenaz two years ago and it's easily the farthest anyone has come towards integrating the full array of Afro-Cuban folkloric rhythms and singing into Cuban popular music. Cuban shows are often a smorgasbord - a little danzón, a little guaguancó, a little bolero, a little of everything.

This is not that.

Everything is seamlessly fused together into a powerful and original musical identity. Every song is a throbbingly danceable, hook-filled, harmonically interesting creation. The differences between songs--and there are plenty--are provided by shifting from arará to palo or from abakuá to batá, but nothing is derivative, nothing is gratuitous, and everything sounds like Los Hermanos Arango and nobody else. It has the harmonic interest of jazz, the rhythmic interest of folkloric music, and the raw drive of NG La Banda and North American R&B, but it's not any of these things. It's something new, and something that's been a long time coming. Don't miss it. Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, tonight, August 2. [Kevin Moore] [photos by Tom Ehrlich]

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Thursday, 01 August 2019, 01:19 PM



Festival Internacional de la Timba 2019

ENGLISH: The first annual Festival Internacional de la Timba ...por siempre Formell, begins tomorrow with on Juan Formell's birthday with an exclusive dinner and inaugural concert at Salon Rosado de La Tropical. The concert will feature Pupy y Los Que Son Son, Los Van Van as well as guests such as Mayito Rivera and José Luis Cortez "El Tosco". Saturday, August 3rd at 23 and Malecón there will be a Mega Concert featuring top international DJs and more than 10 of Cuba's hottest bands including Havana D'Primera, NG La Banda, Issac Delgado, Maykel Blanco y su Salsa Mayor, Pupy y Los Que Son Son and Van Van, of course. The closing concert at La Tropical will begin Sunday, August 4th at 6:00pm and will include concerts by Giraldo Piloto & Klímax, En Niño y La Verdad, El Noro y Primera Clase, Leonel Limonta & Azúcar Negra, Bamboleo, Monika Mesa, Tanja Pantoja and Havana D'Primera.

The Festival isn't only about concerts. For the inauguration, Sala Juan Formell at El Sauce will host  a photo exhibition by Iván Soca as well as a panel discussion with the founding Van Van members and Juan Formell's children. Hotel Comodoro will have showings of Nathanael Mergui's Van Van documentary "Legado" and after parties every night after midnight. If you're in Cuba, don't miss this historic premier edition of the International Timba Festival!

ESPAÑOL: El primer Festival Internacional de la Timba ...por siempre Formell, comienza mañana, el día del cumpleaños de Juan Formell, con una cena exclusiva y un concierto inaugural en el Salón Rosado de La Tropical. El concierto contará con Pupy y Los Que Son Son, Los Van Van, así como invitados como Mayito Rivera y José Luis Cortez "El Tosco". El sábado 3 de agosto en 23 y Malecón habrá un Mega Concierto con los mejores DJ internacionales y más de 10 de las agrupaciones más populares de Cuba, incluidas Havana D'Primera, NG La Banda, Issac Delgado, Maykel Blanco y su Salsa Mayor, Pupy y Los Que Son Son y Van Van, por supuesto. El concierto de clausura en La Tropical comenzará el domingo 4 de agosto a las 6:00 pm e incluirá conciertos de Giraldo Piloto y Klímax, En Niño y La Verdad, El Noro y Primera Clase, Leonel Limonta y Azúcar Negra, Bamboleo, Monika Mesa, Tanja Pantoja y La Habana D'Primera.

El Festival no se trata solamente de conciertos. Para la inauguración, Sala Juan Formell en El Sauce organizará una exposición de fotografías de Iván Soca, así como una mesa redonda con los miembros fundadores de Van Van y los hijos de Juan Formell. El Hotel Comodoro presentará el documental "Legado" sobre Van Van de Nathanael Mergui y after parties todas las noches después de la medianoche. Si te encuentras en Cuba, ¡no te pierdas esta histórica edición principal del Festival Internacional de la Timba!

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Monday, 29 July 2019, 08:26 PM

Los Hermanos Arango in Santa Cruz and Berkeley

Thursday at Kuumbwa - Friday at Freight & Salvage

Seminal timba bassist Feliciano Arango, founding member of NG La Banda, comes to the Bay Area for the second time with his jazz-folkloric-fusion group Los Hermanos Arango, featuring his siblings Ignacio on guitar, Eugenio on percussion and Cristina on vocals. They'll be at Kuumbwa Jazz Center on Thursday and Freight and Salvage on Friday. Click here for Tom's gallery from the group's performance at Ashkenaz in 2017.

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Saturday, 27 July 2019, 09:10 PM



ENGLISH:  Cubadisco is Cuba's most important awards program for recordings, on a par with the GRAMMY Awards in the United States, but also much more.   In the most comprehensive coverage of Cubadisco published outside of Cuba, we are pleased to bring you Bill Tilford's impressions of Cubadisco 2019, including multiple photo galleries with commentaries, official videos of several of the winners and the official nominees and winners booklets.   You can read this in English here. 
Several winners were guests on Bill's weekly radio program From the Isle of Music, a program with a global audience that deals with the entire spectrum of Cuban music.   You can learn more about that program here. 

:   Cubadisco es la premiación más importante para grabaciones en Cuba, a la par con los premios GRAMMY en EUA, pero también mucho más.  En la cobertura de Cubadisco más completa publicada fuera de Cuba, nos complace traerle las impresiones de Bill Tilford de Cubadisco 2019, incluyendo múltiples galerías de fotos con comentarios, videos oficiales de muchos ganadores y los folletos oficiales de nominados y ganadores.  Puede leer todo en español aquí. 
Muchos ganadores fueron invitados en el programa radiofónico semanal de Bill, From the Isle of Music, un programa con un público mundial que cuenta con el espectro entero de la música cubana.  Puede aprender más sobre el programa aquí. 

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