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sábado, 16 abril 2011, 12:35 am

Timba Percussion Clinics - April 23-26-28

Featuring Calixto Oviedo of NG La Banda & Afro-Cuban All-Stars

OK timberos and timberas here's another great opportunity to be exposed to the inner mechanics of the music we love. On SATURDAY APRIL 23 there will be a Beyond Salsa Percussion clinic in Vancouver, Canada, at the Long & McQuade Drum Department located at 368 Terminal Avenue. The clinic features Jorge Luis "Papiosco" Torres & Calixto Oviedo, currently on tour with the Afro-Cuban All-Stars.  

Calixto Oviedo & Jorge Luis "Papiosco" Torres - Beyond Salsa Percussion

The clinics on the 26 & 28 of APRIL are in Los Angeles, at the CAL-STATE campus (full website here) and they are FREE (GRATIS). These are almost FULL so get there EARLY because seating is limited.

APRIL 26  Beyond Salsa Percussion Clinic
7pm @ the 150 Band Room at the Music Department Cal-State
Featuring Questions and Answer Session with Calixto Oviedo and Keivn Moore & the Cal-State LA Afro-Latin Ensemble.

APRIL 28  Beyond Salsa Percussion Clinic
8pm @ the Music Hall at the Music Department Cal-State
Cal-State LA Afro-Latin Ensemble Concert featuring Calixto Oviedo
Also Los Jovenes del Son Septet (Cal-State LA Altin Combo)

First come first server seating is limited for these FREE Los Angeles clinics. Shout out to Robert Fernández...send us a pic Robert. 

Cal State LA Afro-Latin Ensemble

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jueves, 07 abril 2011, 06:09 am

Calixto Oviedo Percussion Clinics

Afro-Cuban All Stars in Seattle

Beyond Salsa Percussion, Timba Drumming Sessions

Ok here we go.....the first dedicated timba drumming clinics in the country begin APRIL 6 & 7 in Seattle Washington. The instructor is master percussionist Calixto Oviedo, the drummer with the iconic band NG La Banda during the period that produced their greatest recordings, including Santa Palabra, Échale Limón, and El Trágico. For his full biography and discography click here

Master Percussionist Calixto OviedoAPRIL 6 - Beyond Salsa Percussion
Timba Drumming Clinic
Seattle Pacific University - - 9:30 AM
3307 3rd Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119-1997
Phone: 206-281-2142 / Dan Adams Percussion Studies

Beyond Salsa Percussion
Timba Drumming Clinic
University of Washington - 1:00 PM
1100 Ne Campus Parkway, Seattle, WA 98105
Phone: 206-543-121 / Richard Karpen Director

Calixto's clinics coincide with his performances with the AFRO-CUBAN ALL STARS tour. Seattle shows include April 5-6-7 at the JAZZ ALLEY ( 

Jazz Alley - jazzalley [at] jazzalley [dot] com
2033 6th Avenue, Seattle WA 98121
Phone 206.441.9729

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lunes, 28 marzo 2011, 01:02 pm

Scraping Paint with Paolo FG Live (El Improvisador)

Ad lib pregones make for the best crowd control

Check out how Paulo FG handles this loving farandulera. When the bomba gear begins she decides that grabbing the mic stand is not enough, she's gotta "get some of that action".  Mayor tembleque ensues. When that is not enough she jumps on hoping for a ride, fully dangling from his neck. A water break is needed...and the stellar imprvisation begins...

(after Paulo grabs some air, and water......)
Las cubanas, con su gozadera
Se le puede dar un deo, se coje la mano entera
A esas cubanas, que son abusadoras
Tu no te ves muy dafne, y yo tengo mi señora


No me metas en compromiso, no me metas en eso
Que ya bastante tengo, que andan diciendo
Dicen que yo, por aquí, dicen que yo, por allá
Me cojen los paparazi y después, y me van a ripiar

Ahí está la gente de TIMBA, punto com
Y después dicen que Paulito es un puto, puto, puto, punto com
Y no puede ser, yo estoy tranquilo
Por que la cojen conmigo, si yo le dije a Michael pa' rriba

Pero lo que pasa es que la gente
No se da cuenta y quiere ponermela dura
Sobre todo cuando tu llegas, cuando estás pegao
Cuando eres figura, se te arriman por al lao y te rayan la pintura 

Cuando estas pegao, cuando eres figura
Se te arriman por al lao, y te rayan la pintura

(When your hot on the charts, when you are a public figure
They rub up against you and scrape your paint)

HELL YEAH! Boooommmmbbbaaaaa. Te la comiste Paulo con ese coro.
Thank you delaa24 whoever you are for this great video. Aché pa' tí.

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martes, 22 marzo 2011, 07:30 pm

FREE Los Van Van Documentary / Road Movie April 1

Part of the Havana Film Festival NEW YORK

Attention Timba Lovers in New York! A free screening of the Los Van Van concert documentary Eso Que Anda / Van Van Fever is happening on Friday, April 1rst, 6:00 pm at the Bronx Museum of the Arts (presented by Havana Film Festival New York). 

Cuban Ian Padrón follows Los Van Van, the most popular band in Cuba since 1969, during their last tour in Cuba attended by more than 1 million people and examines the band’s history and future plans. In addition, The Pedrito Martínez Project will be playing with an unique interpretation of Caribbean-tinged Afrobeat rhythms. So, cool Timba movie + live Cuban music....can't be beat on a Friday night in NYC! Please snd pics if you go.

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