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Cuban Music Dominates Latin Grammy "Traditional Tropical" Category
Will it take another 60 years for Timba to receive true Grammy recognition?
New e-ticket tool for Latin music promoters
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One quick glance at the 2011 Latin Grammy nominees in the TROPICAL category and you can see that, with the exception of Puerto Rico's famous bomba group "Esencia", the nominees are all Cuban music groups. Also interesting is that the genres are all "pre-revolution" (son, guaracha, guajira, descarga, bolero, etc), especially when you look at the nominees in the other 4 categories....
Best Traditional Tropical Album
Toda Una Vida (Cuban Masterworks)
Albita [Angels' Dawn Records]
El Son De Altura
Adalberto Álvarez y Su Son [Bis Music]
The Last Mambo
Con La Fuerza De Un Tren
Oye Mi Son Santiaguero
Septeto Santiaguero [Picap]
Ok so the Cumbia / Vallenato category we can understand the lack of Cuban music groups, but if you look at the other categories outside of "Traditional", well, Timba is completely off of the radar. We see:
- Cuban music groups only appear in the traditional category (pre-revolution genres)
- Salsa is dominated by the PR / NY sound
- Timba does not appear anywhere, especially in the Contemporary Tropical category
Timba by definición is contemporary tropical music.
All politics aside, one simple reason for this is that for the most part, and full disclosure here as I am a voting & engineering memebe rof the Grammys / Latin Grammys / P& E Wing, the members who work on a musical project, as well as their extended professional circle and individual fan base, are the ones who most vote and spearhead the support for the nomination of an album oir song. In stark contrast to the Recording Academy Grammy Awards, which focuses on products released in the U.S. (in the period of eligibility) and its members are located in the United States, this is NOT SO for the Latin Grammys. The Latin Recording Academy recognizes recordings released anywhere in the world with the only condition being that they were recorded in Spanish or Portuguese. This means that you can be a Latin Grammy member if you live OUTSIDE of the United States (and of couse meet the necessary professional requirements). So if you are like me, and you very well know that "Haciendo Historia" and "Cuando Suena el Río" by Alexander Abreu y Habana D'Primera is fully deserving of Latin Grammy album and song awards, as well as many TImba artists that are consistently overlooked, be aware that you can absolutely do something about it. Write them = http://latingrammy.com/en/pages/contact and/or join.
In other news, today I found an excellent tool for Promoters and Producer of Live TIMBA and Latin Music events (more timba please)....
BROWN PAPER TICKETS LAUNCHES SPANISH LANGUAGE TICKETING SERVICES
Brown Paper Tickets announces the launch of new Spanish-language ticketing services and Spanish-language website (es.brownpapertickets.com). This launch marks the first time the company's full ticketing service suite has been offered in Spanish to event producers. In honor of National Hispanic Heritage month, the company is offering free English to Spanish translations of event descriptions for the first week of the new launch. Rather than simply publishing a translated website, Brown Paper Tickets has dedicated great resources to serve and support Spanish-speaking communities, estimated at over 45 million people strong in the US alone by the last census.
* Disclosure = I have no personal interest, connection or business arrangement with Brown Paper Tickets. It's just a way to sell tickets online in spanish. [Mike Lazarus]
Cuban Music Spotlight for Film & TV Producers
A unique event for anyone with a professional interest in Latin music for audio and video production, clearances, original scores or broadcast.
7-10pm Sunday, September 25
1431 Ocean Avenue Santa Monica, CA 90401
Top-tier TV show music departments looking for Latin music will be invited, including Charlie’s Angels, Dexter, Burn Notice, The Glades, CSI: Miami, Bad Mom, The River and Apartment 23. Plus, connect with a who’s who of Latin music publishers who control *synch and master rights* for everything from crucial alternative and mainstream Latin releases, to perennial classics like Tito Puente, Celia Cruz and Willie Colón.
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The Art of Music is a groundbreaking series that presents criminally overlooked specialty music for film and TV -- giving music supervisors, film composers, film directors and other professionals a unique chance to explore niche music styles, learn about upcoming projects and forge new relationships in a collaborative environment.
Join us Sept. 25 for “Cuban B-sides” featuring Cuban masters Son Mayor performing changui (similar to the son that made Buena Vista Social Club famous, but with a more haunting, percolating texture). Orquesta Charangoa rounds out the night with their lively charanga -- unique with its earthy wooden flute and violins, yet extremely useful for all-purpose “Latin” score cues.
This event is a MUST for anyone with an interest in Latin music for audio and video production, clearances, original scores or broadcast.
Beyond the performances, all attendees get a copy of the Latin Music Resources handbook and a chance to win raffle prizes including a set of handcrafted Cuban bongos, a free mastering session from Michael Lazarus (Burn Notice, Little Girl Lost), two full album downloads from Timba.com, albums from Smithsonian Folkways renowned Latin collection, a copy of My Seductive Cuba (a newly released 328-page travel guide to Cuban arts and culture) and more. Handmade Cuban instruments will also be for sale at wholesale prices.
Peter Petro / firstname.lastname@example.org / 310.430.5096
Cuba Antwerpen Indoor Festival - Now Accepting Submissions
100% Cuban Music Festival in Belgium - March 17, 2012
The Cuba Antwerpen Indoor Festival -a Cuban music festival hosted by the Arenberg Theater in Antwerpen, Belgium- will take place on Saturday, March 17, 2012.
Click here to listen to Radio Timba to check out the festival title track "Cuba Antwerpen" by Contrabando, saluting all their favorite timba djs and websites.
The festival is currently accepting submissions from Cuban music groups and urban music artists (cubatón, timbatón, reguesón). For more information please email your press kit to Andrés Fernández Ordóñez at afopaisa2 [at] hotmail [dot] com.
Crece la anticipación para Maykel Blanco
Gira EE.UU empieza el 14 de Octubre
Current Tour Schedule:
Thursday October 13 - Moe's Alley - Santa Cruz, California
Friday October 14 - Café Cócomo - San Francisco, California
Monday October 17 - Mission Cultural Center (Lecture) - San Francisco, California
Thursday October 20 - The Reef - Los Angeles, California
Friday October 21 - S.O.B's - New York City, New York
Saturday October 22 - Aché Supper Club - Miami, Florida
Listen to Maykel on RADIO TIMBA - Track #10 - "Un Kilo"
First Performance in the United States! - Direct from Cuba - Visas Approved
Musician / Staff List for the Maykel Blanco U.S. Tour 2011
|Instrument - Role||Name|
|Piano, Director||Maykel Blanco Cuevas|
|Singer||Yasser Ramos Lorenzo|
|Singer||Yordis Larrazabal Moya|
|Singer||Michael Esteban Pérez Sotolongo|
|Singer||Liuvan Alvarado Jiménez|
|Trumpet||Ahmed Gonzáles Posada|
|Trombone||Karel Medina Boliva|
|Trombone||Omar Álvarez Ramírez|
|Trumpet||Adolfo Jesús Sierra Rodríguez|
|Batería||Jose Luis Matos Pies|
|Teclado||Roy Alain Sainz Reyes|
|Congas||Jaime Yusnier Cruz Bustillo|
|Bajo||Alfonso Álvarez Espinosa|
|Guiro||Alaín Miguel Reboredo Borges|
|Sonidista||Alejandro Silva Fayat|
|Productor||Ángel Luis Alayo Negret|
|Manager||Mirtha Hilda Garcia Atienzar|
|US Tour Manager||Manuel Suarez|