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Sunday, 31 March 2019, 05:00 PM

CIMAFUNK COMES TO CHICAGO AND NOLA THIS WEEK



Cimafunk has taken Cuba by storm, including a nomination in Cubadisco 2018 for their album Terapia. I have seen them live twice in Havana (their leader was also a guest on my radio program From the Isle of Music recently), and their live show is more electric than you would guess from the promo video above.   However, Me Voy is their biggest hit in Cuba, so there it is.  Here's a taste of them live to underscore my point:



So far, the tour has met with an enthusiastic reception.  This week, it comes to Chicago on Tuesday and Wednesday and New Orleans on Saturday as follows:
April 2:  Martyrs, Chicago, IL 
April 3:  Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL 
April 6:  Tipitina's, New Orleans,  LA 
We will be covering the April 3 performance at OTS here on TIMBA.com.   Also, Bill Tilford interviewed Erik, the leader, in Havana last September for his radio program From the Isle of Music.  To celebrate the tour, that interview (with music) will be repeated on shortwave as follows:
1. For Eastern Europe but audible well beyond the target area in most of the Eastern Hemisphere (including parts of East Asia and Oceania) with 100Kw, Sunday, April 7,  1500-1600 UTC on SpaceLine, 9400 KHz, from Sofia, Bulgaria 
2. For the Americas and parts of Europe, Tuesday, April 9 0000-0100 UTC (New UTC) on WBCQ, 7490 KHz from Monticello, ME, USA (Monday, April 8,  8-9PM EST in the US).
Station website: www.wbcq.com 
3 & 4. For Europe and sometimes beyond, Tuesday, April 9,  1900-2000 UTC and Saturday, April 13,  1200-1300 UTC on Channel 292, 6070 KHz from Rohrbach, Germany.
Station website: www.channel292.de

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Tuesday, 19 March 2019, 04:15 AM

CIMAFUNK US TOUR

Also: Chuchito Valdés Returns To Chicago



Cimafunk has taken Cuba by storm, including a nomination in Cubadisco 2018 for their album Terapia. I have seen them live twice in Havana (their leader was also a guest on my radio program From the Isle of Music recently), and their live show is more electric than you would guess from the promo video above.   However, Me Voy is their biggest hit in Cuba, so there it is.   Here's a taste of them live to underscore my point:



Unless you suffer from a Funk allergy (it would be fun to see them share the stage with George Clinton sometime), you will want to see this band, which is now touring the US and already played SXSW.
Here are some upcoming dates (the list is probably not complete):
March 28:  Tropicalia Lounge, Washington, DC
March 29:  The Galleries at Moore, Philadelphia, PA
March 30:  Global Cuba Fest, Miami Beach, FL (with Daymé Arocena, also worth seeing)
April 2:  Martyrs, Chicago, IL 
April 3:  Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL 
April 6:  Tipitina's, New Orleans,  LA 
April 13: Atlanta Jazz Festival, Atlanta, GA 
April 15: AS/COA, New York, NY 


Chicago fans of Chuchito Valdés will be pleased to learn that he is returning to the Jazz Showcase with his trio Thursday, March 21-Sunday, March 24.    He tells me that he has a new album coming, more about this soon.   In trio, his style has both mellowed and deepened with age.  Highly recommended.

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Monday, 18 February 2019, 09:31 PM

Fiesta del Tambor Approaches

Also: Cubadisco 2019 returns to May; New Photo Galleries

ENGLISH:  The XVIII Edition of the  Fiesta del Tambor will take place from March 10-14 in Havana Cuba.  The country of honor this year is Spain, and a number of excellent Spanish artists including Diego el Cigala and one of my personal favorites, Patax, will be among the performers.   Fiesta del Tambor is a combination of percussion contests, dance instructions and concerts that include Cuba's best percussionists and their ensembles.  We will be in attendance at  this event for the first time this year.  You can learn much more about the event and the performers at  http://www.fiestadeltambor.cult.cu/

ESPAÑOL: La XVIII Edición de la Fiesta del Tambor tendrá lugar del 10 al 14 de marzo en La Habana Cuba. El país de honor de este año es España, y varios artistas españoles excelentes, entre ellos Diego el Cigala y uno de mis favoritos personales, Patax, estarán entre los artistas. Fiesta del Tambor es una combinación de concursos de percusión, instrucciones de danza y conciertos que incluyen a los mejores percusionistas de Cuba y sus ensembles. Estaremos presentes en este evento por primera vez este año. Puede aprender mucho más en el excelente sitio web del evento, http://www.fiestadeltambor.cult.cu/

ENGLISH:  For 2019, Cubadisco will return to the month of May  We will also attend that event this year.  More details to follow closer to the date.  Meanwhile, if you read Spanish, you can read the convocatoria here.
Also, we have just published more photo galleries from Cubadisco 2018, including concerts by Alberto Lescay & Formas, Septeto Nacional Ignacio Piñeiro and guests, Angel Yos y La Maquina Loca and La Tabla.   You can view these in our galleries section

ESPAÑOL:  En 2019, Cubadisco regresará al mes de mayo. También acudiremos al evento  este año. Más detalles para seguir más cerca de la fecha. Mientras tanto, puede leer la convocatoria aquí. 
Además, acabamos de publicar más galerías de fotos de Cubadisco 2018, que incluyen conciertos de Alberto Lescay & Formas, Septeto Nacional Ignacio Piñeiro e invitados, Angel Yos y La Maquina Loca y La Tabla. Puedes verlas en nuestra sección de galerías.

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Monday, 11 February 2019, 02:23 AM

Dafnis Prieto Big Band Wins Best Latin Jazz Album at GRAMMY Awards

Dafnis Prieto Big Band gana Mejor Álbum de Jazz Latino en los premios GRAMMY

ENGLISH:   This year, nearly all of the GRAMMY winners  were announced during the afternoon webcast on the GRAMMY.com webiste.   Although Tropical Latin  and Latin Jazz live performances were not presented in the telecast, the overall quality of the music that WAS presented (including some excellent World Music) was quite good.  For music industry professionals, the afternoon webcast, rather than the later telecast, has become THE show to watch regardless of genre.  
Congratulations to the Dafnis Prieto Big Band for winning the Best Latin Jazz Album category.  Even our perennial Jazz curmudgeon, Bill Tilford, agrees with the outcome this year, and you can read our review of the album here. 
ESPAÑOL: Este año, casi todos los ganadores de los premios GRAMMY se anunciaron durante el webcast por la tarde en el sitio web de GRAMMY.com. Si bien ningunas presentaciones en vivo de Tropical Latin y Latin Jazz se presentaron en el webcast , la calidad general de la música que se presentó (incluyendo algunos excelentes World Music) fue bastante buena. Para los profesionales de la industria de la música, el webcast por la tarde, en lugar de la transmisión televisa posterior, se ha convertido en EL espectáculo para ver independientemente del género. Felicidades al Dafnis Prieto Big Band (Back to the Sunset) por ganar la categoría de Mejor Álbum de Jazz Latino.  Incluso nuestro cascarrabias de Jazz perenne, Bill Tilford, está de acuerdo con el resultado de este año, y puede leer nuestra reseña del álbum aquí.  

ENGLISH: Also, in the GRAMMY awards, even a nomination is a special achievement.  Congratulations to The Spanish Harlem Orchestra (Anniversary) for winning the Best Tropical Latin Album Category, but we salute Formell & Los Van Van (Legado) as well as Orquesta Akokán for their nominations in that category.  You can read our review of Los Van Van's album Legado here. 
ESPAÑOL: Además, en los premios GRAMMY, incluso una nominación es un logro especial. Felicitaciones a The Spanish Harlem Orchestra (Aniversario) por ganar la categoría de Mejor Álbum Latino Tropical, pero una vez más felicitamos a Formell y Los Van Van (Legado), así como a Orquesta Akokán por sus nominaciones en esa categoría.  Puede leer nuesta reseña del álbum de Formell &  Los Van Van, Legado, aquí. 

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