Learning More About Charanga Habanera

Charanga Habanera Rhythm Section Studies

Tirso Duarte Piano styleThe Piano Style of Tirso Duarte - Kevin Moore is planning several full-length books detailing Duarte's style as part of the 25-volume series, Beyond Salsa Piano: The Cuban Timba Piano Revolution. This article provides a preview of some of the MIDI material on which the books will be based.

cuban music, musica cubanaThe Bass Style of Pedro Pablo Gutiérrez - Top Canadian bassist Allan Johnston studied with Charanga Habanera bassist Pedro Pablo in Cuba and wrote this article explaining his percussive baby bass style. An interview is also included.

cuban music, musica cubanaConversations in Timba - MIDI Studies with Tirso Duarte and Yulién Oviedo - Kevin Moore also conducted MIDI sessions with Charanga Habanera percussionist Yulién Ovied. This article uses multiple audio examples to illuminate the rhythm section approach on the track Tema introducción.

Charanga Habanera bloque studyThe Bloques of Charanga Habanera - Charanga Habanera has arguably the most creative and varied approach to rhythm section breaks, or bloques, since the legendary Ritmo Oriental. It's no coincidence, given that David Calzado began his career in that band and founding timbalero Eduardo Lazaga is the son of Ritmo Oriental founder, Enrique Lazaga. In this article, Kevin Moore goes systematically through each album, isolating the bloques and presenting them in chronological order with analysis.


Clave Studies

clave studiesClave Changes in the Music of Charanga Habanera - There's no more deeply-misunderstood or hotly-debated subject in Latin music than clave and "clave changes" and Charanga Habanera's arrangements are ground zero in this controversy, containing multiple examples of every possible way the clave can be creatively manipulated. Kevin Moore attempts to demystify matters in this analysis of the first two Charanga Habanera albums.

A Clave Analysis of Tremendo delirio - A continuation of the above article, centering on the fourth album.

The Four Great Clave Debates - Another demystification article, covering the four most heated (and humorous) clave misunderandings.


Analyses of 5 Charanga Habanera Albums

Charanga Habanera AlbumsCovering lyrics, arranging, songwriting and vocals, with dozens of streaming MP3 excerpts so you can listen to the passage being discussed.

1993 - Me sube la fiebre

1994 - Hey You Loca

1995 - Pa' que se entere La Habana

1997 - Tremendo delirio

2000 - Charanguero mayor

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