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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.
Authentic Latin Music Catalog for SYNC - TV & Film Music

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lunes, 27 enero 2014, 08:32 pm

Afro-Cuban Grammy Gold - 2014 Awards Update

Pacific Mambo Orchestra - Paquito D'Rivera - Clare Fischer

Pacific Mambo Orchestra wins 2014 Grammy Award for Best Tropical Latin Album

First thing to say about the Grammy Award Show is that experiencing the event live is very different than watching it on TV. This year things really got started when Robin Thicke joined classic rock band Chicago for some powerful showmanship and HORNS! Real live music finally brought a sense of satisfaction. The sound quality was really good, pleasant yet powerful without being harsh. What you would expect from the music industry's top show. They got that right. 

On the Cuban music front... members of the San Francisco based, 19-piece Latin big band the PACIFIC MAMBO ORCHESTRA are still pinching themselves after defeating Salsa icons Marc Anthony and Sergio George - as well as Colombian pop star Carlos Vives - by taking the 2014 Best Tropical Latin Album Award. It was an honor for these independents to be included, but after this win there will be plenty of head scratching over at Sony Music Latin and Sergio's camp. You can read a review of their well-crafted, self-titled debut release here. For many then, the PMO pulled off something truly unique and special. The Mambo is back for real with their full, rich sound and clever arrangements. It seems they couldn't set the bar any higher for themselves. It will interesting to see how the Pacific Mambo Orchestra follows this up.

Pacific Mambo Orchestra wins 2014 Grammy Award for Best Tropical Latin AlbumIn related news, La Santa Cecilia, a Los Angeles based rock / alternative band that mixes boleros, cumbia, bossa nova and Cuban music won for Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album. LSC is signed to Universal Music Latino. Their winning album is called "Treinta Días" (30 Days). 

The independent, Brazilian music release "Song For Maura" from Trio Corrente (piano - bass - drums) and Cuban clarinetist / saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera won for Best Latin Jazz Album. 

Pacific Mambo Orchestra wins 2014 Grammy Award for Best Tropical Latin Album

Also worth mentioning is the Clavo Records release "Pensamientos for Solo Alto Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra", which won for Best Instrumental Composition (the late Clare Fischer composer, Clare Fischer Orchestra performing).  Clare Fischer composed the famous Latin Jazz standard "Morning". Clare's son claimed the award and in his moving speech mentioned that signing an acceptance for a Grammy Award was the last document his father ever signed. 

Here are some selected PMO photos from the Nominee celebration, Grammy pre-telecast & telecast. 

Pacific Mambo Orchestra wins 2014 Grammy Award for Best Tropical Latin Album

Pacific Mambo Orchestra wins 2014 Grammy Award for Best Tropical Latin Album

Pacific Mambo Orchestra wins 2014 Grammy Award for Best Tropical Latin Album

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miércoles, 08 enero 2014, 06:24 am

New Group LA TEMATI-K Releases Single and EPK

NYC-based band led by Sebastian Natal and Jhair Sala

Sebastian Natal (piano) and Jhair Sala (percussion - of Pedrito Martínez fame) are making waves with their new, New York-based band LA TEMATI-K and their first single "Vuelve A Mi", which is currently #1 on our RADIO TIMBA player.

Also, Martin Cohen a.k.a congahead has released their EPK so you can meet the band and get to know them better. Shout out to salsero / engineer Willie Torres! Check it out.

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miércoles, 20 noviembre 2013, 08:23 pm

One NYC Show Only! CHARANGA HABANERA this Saturday at SOBs

Pacific Mambo Orchestra feat. Tito Puente Jr. (Livermore) - Full Gallery

In support of their new release "Se sufre pero se goza", David Calzado y su Charanga Habanera will play one show, this Saturday, in New York. So far it’s been a stellar year for La Charanga. Jay Z and Beyonce personally requested a “private” concert during their trip to Havana, which was a huge success and widely reported. They have announced the return of renown drum player and singer, Yulien Oviedo, to the group. 

David Calzado y su Charanga Habanera
Saturday, Nov 23, 2013 9:00 PM EST (7:00 PM Doors)
S.O.B.'s 204 Varick St, New York, NY 10014 - (212) 243-4940
CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

They will also perform in various cities across the country. Click here for the list of tour dates.

DAVID CALZADO & su CHARANGA HABANERA Saturday,  Nov 23 2013 7:00PM doors / 9:00PM Sharp show $30.00 in advance  (age 21+)


Meanwhile on the west coast, the full photo gallery (click here or on any of the photos) for the Pacific Mambo Orchestra at the Bankhead Theater in Livermore is now up. THE MAMBO LIVES!!!

Pacific Mambo Orchestra 2013 USA TOUR feat. Tito Puente Jr.with special guests Marlow Rosado and Willy Torres - Livermore Bankhead Theater - November 13, 2013PMO co-leader Steffen Kuehn steps up to deliver a burning trumpet solo.
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Pacific Mambo Orchestra 2013 USA TOUR feat. Tito Puente Jr.
with special guests Marlow Rosado and Willy Torres
Livermore Bankhead Theater - November 13, 2013
Photos by Ben Torres & Michael Lazarus

Pacific Mambo Orchestra 2013 USA TOUR feat. Tito Puente Jr.with special guests Marlow Rosado and Willy Torres - Livermore Bankhead Theater - November 13, 2013Tito Puente Jr. front and center with Willy Torres on bongó and Braulio Barrera on coro.
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miércoles, 13 noviembre 2013, 08:27 am

Charanga Habanera plays Latin Grammy Street Party in Miami

Pacific Mambo Orchestra feat. Tito Puente Jr. in Livermore

*The PMO Show is today at 7:30. Come on out Bay Area casineros and dancers....and represent! BankHead Theater in Livermore (click here for tickets).

The PACIFIC MAMBO ORCHESTRA comes close to home mid-way through their first national tour, playing the BankHead Theater in Livermore on Wednesday, November 13th (click here for tickets). Their show features Tito Puente Jr,  2013 Tropical Latin album Grammy Winner Marlow Rosado and ex-Spanish Harlem Orchestra singer Willy Torres . There were 1200 strong at their November 1st show  in Albuquerque New Mexico's Popejoy Hall. Come on out Bay Area people and represent! 

Pacific Mambo Orchestra feat. Tito Puente Jr. at the BankHead Theater in Livermore - Cuban Music News - Noticias de musica cubana

TIMBA.com's Chicago correspondent Bill Tilford recently posted a live concert review of the October 26 PMO show in Gary, Indiana. You can check that out here . Go PMO!!


A few days ago it was announced that David Calzado y La CHARANGA HABANERA  will be performing at the Latin Grammy Street Party in Miami on Sunday, November 6, 2013. Other artists include  Leslie Cartaya, Kat Dahlia, Oscar D'Leon , Domino Saints, Periko & Jessi León, Rigu, and Writesounds. 

Charanga Habanera plays Latin Grammy Street Party in Miami - Cuban Music News - Noticias de música cubana

Then event will take place in Hialeah on West 16th Avenue between 37th & 42nd St . Great to hear some TIMBA in the Latin Grammy Street Party program!  It's about time already.

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