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The Billboard Latin Music Conference & Awards is the most important Latin Music Conference in the World. The BLMC allows one to schedule multiple meetings with people from around the world in a very short amount of time.

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Tuesday, 07 May 2013, 01:44 PM

Ex-NG La Banda Singer GERARDO CONTINO this Sat. in NYC

CD Release Party feat. XIOMARA LAUGART & LUISITO QUINTERO

Ex-NG La Banda Singer GERARDO CONYINO plus special guests May 11 New York Cityclick here for tickets -- oprima aquí para taquillas

VAYA CALENTANDO LOS MOTORES para Havana D' Primera en Nueva York Junio 5 y 6. This CD Release Party from Ex-NG La Banda singer Gerardo Contino features special guests Xiomara Laugart (vocalist) and percussionist Luisito Quintero. In Cuba, Gerardo also sang with Charanga Forever and Son Yoruba. The gig will take place at the World Music Institute on 509 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. Tix are only $25.

Here's a short list of the musicians joining Gerardo: Axel Tosca Laugart (piano) - John Benítez (bass) - Roberto Quintero (Congas) - Luisito Quintero (Drums & Timbal). Pianists Oriente López and Manuel Varela will also make an appearance. 

Here's a cool video of Gerardo singing "La Chica Red Bull" with his NYC band. Axel Tosca and John Benítez are in the video as well. Video courtesy of our friend Martin Cohen (Congahead). 

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Tuesday, 30 April 2013, 05:08 PM

Breaking News: EL PIKETE to open for HDP in Miami

New EL PIKETE Lineup Debut at La Covacha May 24

El NUEVO Pikete se presenta con Havana D Primera en Miami

 El Pikete opens for Havana D Primera at La Covacha - May 24 in Miami - Cuban Music News - Noticias de la musica cubana

Miami is in for a real TIMBA treat..... El Pikete has been re-activated with all new music from composer / arranger, co-leader and electronic wind instrument (e.w.i.) player Jeans Valdés, AND THEY ARE OPENING FOR HAVANA D' PRIMERA at La Covacha on Friday May 24th !!!

Many fans will immediately recognize some of the new members as they are heavyweights of the genre in their own right. Reinier is an all-star veteran from Paulito F.G. and the Cuban Timba All-Stars, Ivette was the piano player for the Canadian timba band D'talle, Michel is from Havana Power Band, El Kid is ex-Tiempo Libre....not to mention El Pikete itself is Manolín El Médico's band when not backing Manolín. Another real treat is their new female lead Ingrid Leiva (any relation to Pío Leiva?), as Hany is expecting her first child. 

** UPDATE - Ingrid Leyva Fuentes used to be the lead singer for Azucar Negra (Limonta's project) and you can see her in the video I just posted under the band list... Enjoy! El Pikete's lineup is shaping up to be a a new all-star timba group.

CALL 305-594-3717 for tickets or click here = EL PIKETE & HAVANA D' PRIMERA at La Covacha

Here are the new members / aquí los integrantes del (nuevo) PIKETE:

Rol - InstrumentoNombre
E.W.I., Co-leader Jeans Valdés
Congas, Co-leader Alexis "Mipa" Cuesta
Vocals Michel Calvo
Vocals Ingrid Leyva Fuentes 
Vocals Joaquín "El Kid" Díaz
Bass Victoriano Nápoles
Violin Jorge Carlos Oviedo
Piano Ivette Porra
Batería & Timbal Reinier Guerra
Trombone William Paredes
Trombone Eduardo Fonseca
Trumpet William Polledo
 Trumpet Mauricio Del Monte

Lead singer Ingrid Leyva Fuentes with Azucar Negra

El Pikete opens for Havana D Primera at La Covacha - May 24 in Miami - Cuban Music News - Noticias de la musica cubana

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Saturday, 20 April 2013, 08:10 PM

¡VAYA QUE MAMBO MÁS RICO!

Introducing The Tutti Music Player

Un nuevo reproductor interactivo para aprender como tocar música

HOW TO MAMBO with the new Tutti Music Player
The new interactive, state-of-the-art multimedia standard for music instruction. 
versión en español = oprima aquí
para leer sobre este nuevo tocador y los ritmos afro-cubanos gratis

Last November I attended the Billboard FutureSound Conference in San Francisco and there was one product that totally blew me away... the TUTTI MUSIC PLAYER. A company called Tutti Dynamics has developed an interactive music player for Mac, PC (Windows) and iPad that enables students to practice playing their instruments with master artists. If you are a serious student of Afro-Cuban music this will blow you away! 

In a special partnership with TIMBA.com, Tutti is offering Timba.com readers a complimentary introductory offer to access two free Latin grooves (mambo & afro-cuban) from the Tutti Essential Grooves collection. CLICK HERE to take advantage of this FREE OFFER. 

We wiil keep you updated as more rhythms become available. Just click on the Tutti link on the top right of every page (next to the language flags) to the latest news from Tutti.

Tutti Music Player – play with masters – changing the way students around the world practice and play music. An interactive video music player for education and learning.

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Friday, 12 April 2013, 06:21 PM

Havana D' Primera Official USA 2013 TOUR DATES

NO SE NECESITA PASAPORTE para gozar de HDP

Havana D Primera Official USA 2013 Tour Dates

click HERE for all official tour dates (so far) -- oprima aquí para ver las fechas

Ok IT'S ON and it's OFFICIAL. ALL VISAS APPROVED. No "pasaporte" required to get down with Alexander Abreu and Havana D' Primera. The tour opens with a performance at the Cuban Cultural Fest in Tampa on May 18 and runs through Miami, Folsom, San Francisco, Santa Cruz, Los Angeles, New York, Virginia, Atlanta and Kentucky.   We'll be seeing you on the road people !!

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