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Sin Clave No Hay Na
Meet Colibri - Swift, Beautiful, But Not So Tiny Now...
Conozca Colibrí - veloz, hermoso, pero no tan diminuto ahora...
Cuba's recording industry has diversified rather dramatically during the past two decades, and one of the most fascinating new companies is Colibrí, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year by (among other things) receiving the largest number of awards (including the Grand Prize) at Cubadisco 2013. We are following them with great interest because they are attracting artists like Klimax, Havana d'Primera and Ernán López-Nussa.
We have inaugurated a new section about Colibrí and its new releases, which you can visit here.
La industria de la grabación en Cuba se ha diversificado muy dramáticamente durante las últimas dos décadas, y una de las nuevas empresas más fascinantes es Colibrí, que celebra su décimo aniversario este año recibiendo la mayor cantidad de premios (incluyendo el Gran Premio) en Cubadisco 2013. Los estamos siguiendo con gran interés porque están atrayendo a artistas y grupos como Klimax, Havana d'Primera y Ernán López-Nussa.
Chucho Valdés' Border-Free on NPR's First Listen
Also: Yosvany Terry and Gema Corredera on CNN radio
Border-Free, the sensational new album by Chucho Valdés & The Afro-Cuban Messengers, can now be heard on NPR's wonderful program First Listen. This innovative concept lets you try before you buy; you can listen to the album -not just a few seconds here and there, but the actual album - on NPR before it is formally released to the US market, and then if you purchase it through the program's links, a portion of the proceeds helps National Public Radio. This is good for all of us because the overwhelming majority of the radio programs that will play modern Cuban Jazz, Timba and other current Cuban music are on stations that are affiliated with National Public Radio. (See our album reviews in English and en español ,)
You can hear NPR's First Listen on the web here.
The rest of radio isn't always a wasteland all the time, however: in March 2013, CNN radio's Music Notes did a very nice interview in English of Yosvany Terry and Gema Corredera about their recent releases Derramando Luz and Today's Opinion , and you can listen to it here.
Manolin to Headline Chicago's Festival Cubano
Also, Mezcla to play Chicago Saturday, June 29
The fourth annual Festival Cubano in Chicago expands to three days, and the closing act is Manolin, El Medico de la Salsa. Read all about it here...
...and remember, Mezcla is at the Old Town School of Folk Music Saturday, June 29. If you have been reading us lately, you already know why you need to go. If you haven't, where have you been?
New Mezcla Video and Kickstarter Campaign
Performs Tonight at Yoshi's Oakland; Saturday at Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago
Mezcla , which is performing in Oakland California June 26 and Chicago June 29, has just launched a Kickstarter campaign which includes some premiums for those of you who sign on as backers. The video (click "play" above) explains more with some live footage of band members here and some of Mezcla's music.