Monthly Archives: January 2019

25.01.19 : Mayimbe – La Frontera

Good day dear blog readers, followers and listeners!

During the 1st quarter of 2018 I attended a Mayimbe concert.
During the final part of the performance, the band announced the release of their 4th album – La Frontera.
Well, today is the day – January 25th 2019 – when the album gets released…

For now only two compositions have been performed in concerts… “sera por gusto” and the one for us to be enjoying today, “La Frontera”, which personally reminds me a little of “Como Duele”, one of my favorites by this band, appearing on their second album.

So before you log on to your favorite music platform from the list above, take a listen to this beautiful live version of the title song, the studio version, or even better – both!

And remember… ¡Sigue disfrutando la musica Cubana!

18.01.19 : Manolito y Su Trabuco con Alexander Abreu – Al Final de Todo (Si Tu Te Vas)

Good day dear blog readers, listeners and followers!

Today I gladly present you a fine collaboration of two very talented Cuban artists we all know and love – Alexander Abreu and Manolito Simonet!

The composition for us to enjoy today is from Manolito’s latest album, La Vida Cambio, which came out a few months ago.

So, here it is… and always remember… ¡Sigue disfrutando la musica Cubana!

11.01.19: Havana de Primera – La Venenosa

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

Today I finally get to cover one of my favorites from recent years, which came out back in 2013, but surprisingly wasn’t available for listening online with good quality until recently.
It is also a beloved composition for dancing my favorite dance – Son Cubano.
If you’ve been following Cuban music releases from the last 5 years, you should have guessed by now the composition I’m referring to… the wonderful “Venenosa” by Habana de Primera !

“El son es lo más sublime, para el alma divertir… se debiera de morir, quien por bueno no lo estime…” goes the classic line from “Suavecito” by the true treasure of Cuban music, Septeto Nacional de Ignacio Pineiro… and for me it is quite true.
If there is a social dance style which I love most, with which I fell in love at first sight and which is danced to music that always ignites the spark in my eyes and melts my heart, then it is Son Cubano.

Son, both music and dance, has played a major role in the creation and dissemination of Cuban music and dance on a global scale during the previous and current centuries.
From a musical stand point, all that goes under the umbrella term “salsa”, and a good portion of that which constitutes both Songo and Timba, own their structure, rhythms and melodies to the genre of Son and its derivative, Son Montuno.
Regarding the dance, many Cuban and Latin \ Caribbean social couple dances owe their structure and basic elements to Son, especially what we mostly dance on dance floors today, Casino.

For the social dancer Son can be a great teacher and educator of what Cuban \ Latin \ Caribbean dancing is all about… rhythm, musicality, bodymotion, elegance, flow, the interaction & communication between the partners and the ever so laid-back groove of the anticipated bass line, which is always reflected in the dance.

Personally for me, it is very nice to see that although Son has been with us since the early XX century (and Son Montuno since the late 1930s…), contemporary artists continue creating such fine works of art as the composition I gladly share with you all here today…

So, without further ado, here is this modern masterpiece by the wonderful Alexander and his band.
And remember… ¡sigue disfrutando la musica Cubana!

04.01.19: From Budapest with love and good music! Mixael Cabrera y su TimBarcelona – Tu Sonrisa

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

I’m back from the wonderful Arrebatate 2 Cuban dance festival in Budapest, and have some nice experiences and high quality music to share with you today…

The city of Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is a wonderful location to visit!
Beautiful place spread on both banks of the Danube river, with lots to see and do – so I can highly recommend it just as a travel destination, although rumor has it that the local Cuban dance scene holds it ground very well on its own…

The festival was very nice.
The hall where the parties took place is quite pleasing aesthetically, and is quite pleasant (not too hot…) for the amount of people that came to the festival to dance at.
The DJs played a lot of great music, the atmosphere was quite friendly, the people very keen on socializing & having a good time, and the average level of the participants was satisfactory.

Among the songs one could hear at every party (and when more than one DJ was playing – even twice per night 😉 ) were Abreu’s wonderful and elegant Venenosa, the relatively newly released 3 Dias, and Sauve Tumbao‘s Pa’ Que Todo Salga.

But the song for today is a marvelous, classic Son Montuno from Mixael Cabrera‘s latest CD “Origen”;
It was played only at the Saturday party and in one of the classes, but it was enough for it to enter my heart for good!

So, here is the composition we shall be enjoying today.
And remember… ¡sigue disfrutando la musica Cubana!