Monthly Archives: September 2018

28.09.18 : Tiempo Habana – La Confesion

Good day dear blog followers, readers and listeners.

Today we shall get to know a Cuban-Finnish band located at Helsinki, Finland, but called “Tiempo Habana”!

This 11 member group, consisting of Cubans and Fins, was founded in Helsinki in 2012, and has been performing in Finland and other European countries ever since.
The Cuban group members have experience working for Oderquis Reve and Lazaro Rosabal, and Finnish members have been performing in the country’s Latin music scene for over 20 years.

Recently the group released their first CD, “Tiempo Habana”, featuring original work with arrangements and collaborations with Manolito y su Trabuco, Pupy y los que Son Son, Adalberto Alvarez y su Son and Havana De Primera.

Their song for us today is the recently released Timba called “La Confesion”.

So, here it is!

21.09.18: Septeto Acarey – Amor Por Placer

Good day dear blog readers, followers, listeners ¡y todos los amantes de la musica Cubana!

Today we shall recall a genre that not many are familiar with, although it is quite nice and has lots to offer… Bolero Son!

The couple featured above are both not Cuban, but still display a very nice interpretation of a classic composition in this fine genre.

Bolero-Son, as the name implies, is a genre formed from the amalgamation of two wonderful traditional Cuban rhythms (and dances, as well) that were at the peak of their popularity during the 1920’s and 1930’s… Son and Bolero.
This genre is the brain child of the famous Cuban musician and composer Miguel Matamoros, and includes elements from both “parent” genres;
4/4 timing, Sonero style singing, tress guitar melodic lines, clave (sometimes) from Son, and the congas tumbao, bass, pailas and maraca patterns and overall romantic yet melancholic theme and “mood” from Bolero.
Interestingly the bongocero can choose from a myriad of patterns and variations found in both genres.

Bolero-Son compositions were commonplace during the 1930’s and 1940’s, but recently, with the resurgence of Son music, the genre has regained some popularity as well.
As such, more and more contemporary orquestas and groups make compositions of this genre nowadays, including Septeto Acarey, who’s song is featured today.

And remember… ¡sigue disfrutando la música Cubana!

Did you know?
The genre of Bolero-Son had a profound effect on the music of the neighboring Dominican Republic, and the closest predecesor of Bachata, one of two national cultural heritage musical and dance genres of that country.
If you take interest in that genres, you might find this post to be interesting!

And now, for today’s composition…

14.09.18: Angelito Ramirez y El Tren Bala – Arma de Doble Filo

Good day dear blog followers, readers, listeners ¡y a todos los amantes de la musica Cubana!

Today we shall be having a great time listening (and maybe dancing) to a beautiful romantic Timba composition by ex Mayimbe singer, Angelito Ramirez and his band, el Tran Bala.

Angel Ramirez Ballesteros “angelito” is one of the most important and influential figures in Timba residing outside of Cuba.
Born in the poor neighborhood of Barrios Altos in Lima, Peru, on May 24th 1982, angelito used music to find refuge from the hardships of a life full of need and deprivation since his childhood.
Being used to working hard to realize his goals and dreams, Angel started his musical career as singer and band leader of a band made of other teens and young people from his barrio, called “Los Trabucos de la Salsa”.
From there played major roles in such mixed Cuban-Peruvian bands as DFarandula and A1-Band, before hitting his first major success in 2010, becoming one of the founding members of Orquesta Mayimbe.

As the lead singer of Mayimbe, Angel was the driving force behind over 1/2 of the songs on the orquesta’s first, and so far, most well known and much loved, album, “De la Habana a Peru”, and thus earned well deserved worldwide fame.
In 2013 Mayimbe had their infamous split, resulting in the departure of over half of the its member, Angelito included.
Angel went on to form his own project – Angelito Ramirez y su Tren Bala, releasing a wonderful album called “Mi Historia” (mentioned here before), from which today’s composition comes.
As one who enjoys romantic Timba, I find here a very good balance between tempo, variation, improvisation, groove and energy.

So, here it is!
And remember… ¡sigue disfrutando la musica Cubana!

07.09.18 : MulataSon – Mujer y Artista

Good day dear blog listeners, readers and followers.

The artists presented here today definitely fit the description “they sing and play like girls”.
Why? because they are girls… all 10 of the talented, young Cuban ladies making up Orquesta feminina MulataSon!

MulataSon was founded in La Habana 5 years ago, in Septembre 2013, by Yarelis Martinez Chavez and 9 other young graduates of the city’s various musical schools, with the average age of members being 23.
During those 5 years the band released 3 albums, toured Cuba and Europe (this June), and performed & recorded with some of Cuba’s top bands such as El nino y la Verdad, Maravilla de Florida and Manolito y su Trabuco, with Manolito Simonet mentoring the group this whole time.

Today’s song is called Mujer y Artista, from their 2017 album of the same name…
And remember… ¡sigue disfrutando la musica Cubana!