Good day dear blog followers, listeners and readers!
Today I gladly present you a fine band from the barrios de La Habana, a talented group of ENA graduates named La Barriada, led by trumpet player Juan Kemell.
The band was founded in La Habana in 1995, after the group members, who all grew up at the same barrio (neighborhood) in Habana (and hence the name) graduated from the ENA, national school of arts.
The band started with traditional Cuban music such as Son, Bolero, Cha Cha and Mambo, but was soon swept away by the immense pendulum of Timba which was in full swing during the mid 1990’s.
Their first album, La Barriada, was a sort of introduction of the band to the public, was released in 1996 and was a great success, prompting a pan Cuban tour throughout the island’s provinces, also participating at the carnival of Santiago.
Since then the band released several more albums including La Barrida de Cuba (2001), Rio Abajo (2002), Adios a la tristeza (2005), Havananza (2007) and Despues de la lluvia (2011), and has performed all over the globe, including Japan, The UK, France, Spain, Venezuela, Mexico, Germany, The Netherlands and many more.
Today we shall enjoy a fine Timba from the 2005 album called “Promesa”.