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martes, 09 marzo 2010, 09:48 am

Mi amiga Chichi

Orquesta Revé & Kola Loca

Elito Revé in Stockholm by Karim Ryde Elito Revé y Su Charangón have finished their new album, "De qué estamos hablando" and are promoting the first single. It is a number written and sung by Dagoberto Vazquez called "Mi amiga Chichi" and features Kola Loca as well.

Amazingly the new CD is rumored to surpass their last album "Fresquecito", winner of Best Dance Music CD for 2008 at CubaDisco and Best CD of 2007 at FiestaCubana.net, and I tell you it also won my heart as best CD of the year. So hold on to your hats or whatever you have to hold on to and get ready que La Revé está en la calle otra vez!

And yes, they are still planning a tour of the US at the end of April so stay tuned for the details as they become available.


Elito Revé courtesy of Karim Ryde

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lunes, 08 marzo 2010, 03:41 am

Contrabando Concert Report

Abriendo Caminos

Contrabando celebrate their new CD with champagneContrabando celebrate the release of "Abriendo Caminos" with champagne

I have finally overcome my technical difficulties and can share with you all the experience of attending the Contrabando release concert for "Abriendo Caminos". It was really a very elaborate event with several different segments culminating in the concert itself. The band was not stingy. They played every song from the new album, with the exception of the bachata version of "Siempre tú". You can already listen to the song "Mentiras" in our Timba.com Radio. I have also included a little live video in the report as well as a post-concert video of the goings-on in the dressing room after the concert. Click here to check it out and get to know the band a little better. Non-Spanish speakers will be happy that I have gone hi-tech and started adding subtitles to the interviews. If you haven't already seen the interview with bandleader "El Paísa" I recommend you take a few minutes to watch it. You will get an idea of what Contraabndo is about. And check out the entire Contrabando section as well.

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lunes, 08 marzo 2010, 03:31 am

Adalberto Álvarez Update

New CD and US Tour

Adalberto Álvarez by David DoogueMore good new for fans. Adalberto Álvarez is going into the studio on March 15th to begin recording his new CD. I don't know what it will be called, but a CD by Adalberto Álvarez y Su Son is guaranteed to be a must-buy. Adalberto is also working on plans for a US tour. Things aren't confirmed yet, but the current plan is to tour the US before they begin their summer tour of Europe. Stay tuned and we will keep you updated.

Adalberto Álvarez
photo courtsey of David Doogue

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viernes, 05 marzo 2010, 07:23 am

March in Stockholm

Entra como el león de la Timba!

Noon at the square by my office in StockholmStockholm is the capital of Sweden. Located at the 59th parallel, just shy of the polar circle it is a city where the days are short in the winter and seem neverending in the summer. Stockholm City is home to almost
830 000 people and the greater metro area houses 2 million. I have to ask myself how did this rather medium sized city tucked away in the remote reaches of northern Europe develop such a thriving Cuban cultural life? We have our ups and downs, but there are always a core goup of Cubans and Swedish Cuban music & dance fans that are working behind the scenes to maintian the club life and the concert life. How is this reflected, you ask? Well take a look at the Cuban dance/music related activities we have going on in March. The list below does not even include the Saturday timba parties at El Benny, the Sunday matinee at Cumbé or Mi Salsa! You will see why I am so spoiled that I can say "if a DJ doesn't play music to my liking I won't come back". I have so much to choose from!

Calendario de Marzo
3/5 Liga Habanera & Dance show & Workshop by Tropicana Stockholm - Club Guantanamera
3/7 Ladies Afro-Cuban dance day (in honor of International Women's Day) - Cumbé
3/12 El Médico de rap Cubaton & Reggaeton + Robertico "Galán" & "Moreno" - Club Guantanamera
3/12 Calle Real at Fasching
3/13 Gilito y Su Clave at Mosebacke by Cuba Nocturna
3/19 DANCE SHOW: Saúl Perez & Diasmanin Silva 22.30 La Rueda de Casino - Club Guantanamera
3/25 Havana D'Primera at Kägelbanan by SELAM
3/26 Raices Afro-Cuban dance & music show - Club Guantanamera
3/31 Maykel Blanco y Salsa Mayor at Kolingsborg (Slussen)

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