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Sunday, 12 November 2017, 06:31 PM

#Latino

Simon Monserrat & Djeli New Release

"#Latino" is the fourth album released by Simon Monserrat & Djeli and their second release of 2017, the first being "#Afro", which dropped in July of this year. The title pretty much sums up the album. It is a trip through the Carribean with stops in Puerto Rico, Cuba, Haiti, Venezuela and Colombia.

Some of the songs are served straight up such as "Oye mi songo" - self-explanitory - and "Mofongo" - a tasty son montuno - while "La rumba que traigo yo" and "Sabiduria antigua" are fusions, the former Cuban rumba with flamenco the latter a very modern cumbia-fusion with rap by MC Rico Pabon. "Suena tu tambo" is a classic descarga which features solos by Richard Ortega (piano), Monserrat (percussion) and Mats Hermansson (trombone) that allow the musicians to show their chops. "Latibonito" is an Afro-Haitian track, something new to me. A much slower song with vocals by Roger Chatelain, it has a melancholy quality with beautiful solos on violin and flute and almost feels like a slow cha-cha-chá as it progresses. "El Quitipla" picks up the pace again with a fusion of Afro-Venezuelan music and lead vocals in Portuguese from Brazilian Simone Moreno.

Monserrat performs most of the percussion on the album and also flute on "Sabiduria antigua". He has collaborated on the album with musicians such as Puerto Rican Jerry Medina, Colombian Roger Martinez and Cuban trumpet player Yuliesky Gonzalez. Monserrat is based in Sweden and the album features many well-known names from the Swedish timba scene such as Thomas Eby, Richard Ortega, Oldrich Gonzalez, and Raciel Garces Espinoso. See the track list below for more information on particiating musicians. I also want to mention Erik Steen who plays a mean flamenco guitar and Santiago Jimenez on violin.

I recommend that you check "#Latino" out at Spotify. It is available for purchase at the usual digital retailers and streaming sites such as iTunes and Amazon. 

Track list:
1. Oye mi songo ft Jerry Medina, Moncho, Thomas Eby
2. Mofongo ft Yuliesky Gonzalez, Oldrich Gonzalez, Roger Martinez
3. La rumba que traigo yo ft Raciel Garces Espinosa, Angeles Gomez, Erik Steen
4. Sabiduria antigua ft MC Rico Pabón, Marina Johansson
5. Suena mi tambo ft Richard Ortega, Raciel Garces Espinosa, Mats Hermansson
6. Latibonito ft Roger Chatelain, Santiago Jimenez, Martin Pålsson
7. El Quitipla ft Simone Moreno, Dekula Kahanga
8. Oye mi songo ft Jerry Medina, Moncho, Thomas Eby (bonus track)

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Friday, 03 November 2017, 10:35 PM

De La Habana a Perú

Yanet Fuentes & Fredyclan

De La Habana a Perú

ENGLISH: Lima, Perú will play host to a weekend of Cuban dance workshops presented by Arturo Rojas and Fredyclan. The workshops will be taught by Arturo, Fredyclan and the divine Yanet Fuentes. This is the first time Fredyclan and Yanet Fuentes  have appeared in Lima. The workshops will range from ladies and men's styling to rumba and afro-cuban to casino and son.

I expect that these names need no introduction to timberos and casineros but for any newbies out there let me present them. Fredyclan is a dancer and choreographer and has also made a name for himself as a singer with hits such as "Yo Vengo de Cuba" ft Alexander Abreu & Havana D' Primera, "Yo Soy Bueno" ft Manolito Simonet y su Trabuco , "Tranquilo Calmao", "La Calle EstáQue Arde" and more.  Yanet Fuentes is a dancer who has appeared in television and film and has even been a choreographer for Shakira. Rounding out the instructors is Peruvian dancer and choreographer Arturo Rojas who is based in Sweden.

ESPANOL: Lima, Perú será la sede de un fin de semana de talleres de bailes cubanos presentado por Arturo Rojas y Fredyclan. Los talleres serán impartidos por Arturo, Fredyclan y la divina Yanet Fuentes. Esta es la primera vez que Fredyclan y Yanet Fuentes han dado clases en Lima. Los talleres van desde styling  de mujeres y hombres hasta rumba y afrocubano, hasta casinos y son.

Imagino que estos nombres no necesiten ninguna introducción a timberos y casineros, pero para los novatos, déjenme presentarlos. FredyClan es bailarín y coreógrafo y también se hizo un nombre como cantante con éxitos conocidas mundialmente comoo "Yo Vengo de Cuba" ft Alexander Abreu y Havana D 'Primera, "Yo Soy Bueno" ft Manolito Simonet y su Trabuco, "Tranquilo Calmao", "La Calle EstáQue Arde" y más. Yanet Fuentes es una bailarina que ha aparecido en televisión y cine e incluso ha sido coreógrafa de Shakira. Completando los instructores está el bailarín y coreógrafo peruano Arturo Rojas radicado en Suecia.

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Monday, 30 October 2017, 07:59 PM

EL CHACAL & HAVANA D'PRIMERA @KRAKEN

CONCERT REVIEW

ENGLISH: On a cold, rainy night  27 October 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden, 1000 people sweated and grooved the night away to the music of El Chacal, Havana D'Primera and FClan. The concert was organized by DJ Isra and Ritmico and was the first time I saw El Chacal or FClan and two years since the last time I saw Havana D'Primera. One very important note before posting the link to the concert review: take cash to the Havana D'Primera concert! They are selling CDs, DVDs, t-shirts and ball caps. I had no cash and came home empty handed but with a full heart. Click here for the concert report. 

To find a Havana D'Primera concert near you click here.

The remainnig dates fior El Chacal
03-11  Danzon - Vienna, Austria
04-11 El Diablo Tun Tun - Milan, Italy
05-11 Salsa Na'ma - Brescia, Italy
07-11 Donoma - Civitanova, Italy 
09-11 La Crespa - Modena, Italy
11-11 Sala Zenith - Madrid, Spain
12-11 Suite 191 -  Barcelona, Spain


ESPAÑOL: En una noche fría y lluviosa el 27 de octubre de 2017 en Estocolmo, Suecia, 1000 personas sudaron y pasaron la noche bailando con la música de El Chacal, Havana D'Primera y FClan. El concierto fue organizado por DJ Isra y Ritmico y fue la primera vez que vi a El Chacal o FClan y dos años desde la última vez que vi Havana D'Primera. Una nota muy importante antes de publicar el enlace para la reseña del concierto: ¡lleva efectivo al concierto de Havana D'Primera! Están vendiendo CD, DVD, camisetas y gorras de béisbol. No tenía dinero y volví a casa con las manos vacías pero con el corazón lleno. Haga clic aquí para ver el informe del concierto.

Para encontrar un concierto de Havana D'Primera cerca de ti dale clic aquí.

Las fechas restantes para El Chacal
03-11 Danzon - Vienna, Austria
04-11 El Diablo Tun Tun - Milán, Italia
05-11 Salsa Na'ma - Brescia, Italia
07-11 Donoma - Civitanova, Italia
09-11 La Crespa - Modena, Italia
11-11 Sala Zenith - Madrid, España
12-11 Suite 191 - Barcelona, España

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Tuesday, 17 October 2017, 07:01 PM

Leonel Limonta and "Voy por ti"

Project to Aid the Victims of Hurricane Irma in Cuba

Leonel Limonta

ENGLISH: Azúcar Negra's tour agent announced at Facebook that today, Leonel Limonta "El Poeta de la Timba" and director of Azucar Negra, began recording the rhythm section, horns and coros of the song "Voy por ti",  which will be the theme song of an event Limonta is organizing to help the victims of the disaster caused by Hurricane Irma in Cuba. You may recall that in 2008 Limonta also took action and recorded "Así Somos" after Cuba was hit with two hurricanes. "Voy por ti" will include the participation of leading Cuban artists. Among those who have already confirmed their participation in the project are Samuel Formell, Hayla Mompié, Tania Pantoja, Waldo Mendoza, the singers of Anacaona, Dayana La Reguetonera, and Marcos d Alma. Still to confirm are the singers of Los Van Van, Dayan from Pupy y Los Que Son Son, Vania Borges, Osdalgia, Ricardo Amaray and the Rodriguez brothers of Manolito Simonet y Su Trabuco. As the project moves forward, Limonta hopes that more artists will join this worthy cause. All the details about the event, including date and time and venue will be coming soon so stay tuned. 

ESPAÑOL: La agente internacional de Azúcar Negra anunció en Facebook que hoy, Leonel Limonta "El Poeta de la Timba" y el director de Azucar Negra, comenzó a grabar la base rítmica, los metales y los coros de la canción "Voy por ti", que será el tema de un gran evento que Limonta está organizando para ayudar a las damnificados del desastre causado por el huracán Irma en Cuba. Puede recordar que en 2008 Limonta también tomó medidas y grabó "Así Somos" después de que Cuba fue golpeada con dos huracanes. "Voy por ti" incluirá la participación de destacados artistas cubanos. Entre los que ya confirmaron su participación en el proyecto están Samuel Formell, Hayla Mompié, Tania Pantoja, Waldo Mendoza, los cantantes de Anacaona, Dayana La Reguetonera y Marcos d Alma. Aún quedan por confirmar los cantantes de Los Van Van, Dayan de Pupy y Los Que Son Son, Vania Borges, Osdalgia, Ricardo Amaray y los hermanos Rodríguez de Manolito Simonet y Su Trabuco. A medida que avanza el proyecto, Limonta espera que más artistas se unirán a esta valiosa causa. Todos los detalles sobre el evento, incluso la fecha, la hora y el lugar estarán próximos, así que estad atentos.

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