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Cuba based rap duo, Zona Franka, blends traditional rhythms with the grit and swagger of hip-hop and rap vocal phrasings. Their clever shout choruses create instant tropical dance classics using their unique self-titled "changui con flow" style.

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Thursday, 01 August 2019, 09:40 PM

Los Hermanos Arango

At Freight & Salvage Tonight (Friday)

La familia Arango really brought it to Kuumbwa tonight. It's an entirely different repertoire from what we heard at Ashkenaz two years ago and it's easily the farthest anyone has come towards integrating the full array of Afro-Cuban folkloric rhythms and singing into Cuban popular music. Cuban shows are often a smorgasbord - a little danzón, a little guaguancó, a little bolero, a little of everything.

This is not that.

Everything is seamlessly fused together into a powerful and original musical identity. Every song is a throbbingly danceable, hook-filled, harmonically interesting creation. The differences between songs--and there are plenty--are provided by shifting from arará to palo or from abakuá to batá, but nothing is derivative, nothing is gratuitous, and everything sounds like Los Hermanos Arango and nobody else. It has the harmonic interest of jazz, the rhythmic interest of folkloric music, and the raw drive of NG La Banda and North American R&B, but it's not any of these things. It's something new, and something that's been a long time coming. Don't miss it. Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, tonight, August 2. [Kevin Moore] [photos by Tom Ehrlich]

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Monday, 29 July 2019, 12:26 PM

Los Hermanos Arango in Santa Cruz and Berkeley

Thursday at Kuumbwa - Friday at Freight & Salvage

Seminal timba bassist Feliciano Arango, founding member of NG La Banda, comes to the Bay Area for the second time with his jazz-folkloric-fusion group Los Hermanos Arango, featuring his siblings Ignacio on guitar, Eugenio on percussion and Cristina on vocals. They'll be at Kuumbwa Jazz Center on Thursday and Freight and Salvage on Friday. Click here for Tom's gallery from the group's performance at Ashkenaz in 2017.

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Monday, 22 July 2019, 03:40 PM

Issac Delgado 4 Nights @ SFJAZZ

August 15 - 16 - 17 - 18

Bandmembers and details forthcoming! Click here for more.

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Friday, 05 July 2019, 10:51 PM

Los Van Van at Stern Grove

Tom Ehrlich's Gallery and Report

Los Van Van -- now featuring 3 of Juan Formell's children: Juan Carlos, Samuel and Vanessa -- played San Francisco's historic Stern Grove free concert series, documented by Tom Ehrlich. Click here for the full gallery.

 

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