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Sunday, 01 April 2012, 06:13 PM

Louisville Kentucky: Timba's New Beachhead in the Midwest

Charanga Habanera Concerts Well-Received

Louisville, Kentucky has always been a cultural hub for that region of the United States, and it now provides us with another link in the Timba concert chain.   David Calzado y su Charanga Habanera have helped break the ice for what we hope will be a series of events in the future.  
Click here to read all about it and see photos from the Charanga Habanera concert. 

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Monday, 26 March 2012, 12:55 AM

Sierra Maestra Brings The Son To Chicago

Sierra Maestra gave two knockout performances at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago on March 24 2012, and the crowd came to dance.     Click here to read  about it and view photos of the concerts. 

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Wednesday, 21 March 2012, 12:58 PM

Charanga Habanera in the Midwest

Those of you within traveling distance of Louisville, KY can see Charanga Habanera on Friday, March 30 at the Coconut Beach Nightclub, now in a new location at 2787 South Floyd St., Louisville KY.   Advance tickets (cheaper than at the door) may be purchased at 
https://www.ticketriver.com/event/3218-charanga-habanera-2012-kentucky-tour

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Sunday, 18 March 2012, 03:29 PM

Timba and The United States, Part II

The Initial Reception of Timba in The United States

La Timba y  Los Estados Unidos, Parte II: La Recepción Inicial de la Timba en los E.E.U.U
(Para leer este artículo en español oprima aquí)

          If musical merit was the only ingredient necessary for mass popularity  in the United States, Timba would have quickly  taken the country by storm the same way that the Mambo did years earlier.  However, that  is not enough, as many Jazz musicians have also learned the hard way over the years.   An infrastructure to support the music is  also required for any genre to reach large numbers of listeners, and that was not in place for Timba when its sounds first reached the United States. In order to fully understand the reasons for this, we first need to briefly revisit the three decades prior to Timba’s emergence as a distinct style.           

          In the 1960s, there was no significant ongoing cultural exchange between the United States and  Cuba.  This does not mean that there was no exchange of ideas of any sort -  musicians both here and there were listening to each other by various means, and radio enthusiasts such as this writer were keeping up with what was happening in Cuban music via shortwave stations such as Radio Habana Cuba, Radio Rebelde etc.  However, most of the general American public remained....click "continue reading" below for the full article

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