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Entrevista - Tirso Duarte

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by Linda Rodríguez

Tirso Duarte has been characterized as one of the biggest hopes for the future of timba, and, throughout this interview, he fulfilled that description. He spent much of the time emphasizing his desire to bring timba to a global audience, as well as touching on a variety of other topics.

Transcription of the interview is coming soon. Te files are in WMV format for modem or broadband. Depending on the speed of your connection, click the modem or broadband link below each question to watch the answer.

Tirso sings “Adivinador.”
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How would you describe your music? The sello of your band?
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What are trying to do with your own group?
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Why hasn’t timba penetrated the global market more? What were the differences between touring with Charanga Habanera and Afro-Cuban All Stars?
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Many people say timba is something only Cubans can understand and dance to. What do you think?
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Does timba dura, like that of the 1990s, still exist?
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Tirso continues to describe timba on the international scene.
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How would you describe the difference between timba and other types of salsa?
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How do you think Santería has influenced timba?
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What are your plans for the next year?
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How does your creative process work?
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How do dancers relate to the music through despelote and tembleque?
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Tuesday, 22 March 2011, 07:31 PM