Beyond Salsa Piano is a history and anthology of the role of the piano in the Cuban rhythm section – from its first appearance to the present. In a broader sense, it’s a study of the tumbao – the art of creating music from layers of repeating rhythmic and melodic phrases. Whether these syncopated figures are called tumbaos, guajeos, montunos, riffs or vamps, this Afro-Cuban concept lies at the heart of nearly every popular music genre from salsa to rock , funk, R&B, hiphop and jazz.

While presented as a set of method books, the series doubles as a history course and record collecting guide for listeners, dancers, and players of instruments other than the piano.

Perhaps the most important goal of the series is to provide a comprehensive understanding of how tumbaos are constructed, their central role in the texture of Latin music of all eras, and the endless possibilities they provide for creative composing and arranging.
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Melokarma

Artist:   Akil Ammar

Style Released Album Tracks Charts
Hip-Hop 2005 16 0
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© 2005 Akil Ammar. All rights reserved.
Audio album download includes album tracks, liner notes and cover art.
All audio tracks in MP3-VBR format. About LPM album downloads.
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01  Melokarma
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4:12 melodia, drama y karma
02  Es Tiempo
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3:42 groovy folk rock vibe
03  La Noche Es Nuestra
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3:51 featuring BocaFloja
04  Campesino
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3:11 situacion critica, resiste la corrupcion
05  La Tentación
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5:39 mujer, sigue siendo tu
06  Es Amor
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4:08 reggae power, resistencia con ciencia y progreso
07  HH
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3:09 sabes que naciste para esto
08  Vagabundo
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4:50 straight up traveler story
09  Guerrero
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4:17 featuring Skool 77
10  Mi Diario
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3:27 hoy es un dia ordinario
11  Cuando Muera
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4:32 very funky backing tracks
12  International Life
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4:01 featuring Note Rock, Bocafloja and Transcend
13  Un Día Más
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2:46 voz y guitarra - nada mas
14  Resiste
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4:15 GOVERNMENTS LIE!
15  Comprendo
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4:33 haste la pregunta - en verdad comprendes?
16  Todo Sigue Igual (Live)
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2:52 jazz trip - a must listen!
Desgraciadamente todo sigue igual
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MC, Spoken Word Artist and Urban Poet, Akil Ammar reminds us to maintain a real perspective in a troubled world.

English:   (para version en Español as click aquí)
A native of DF with more than 12 years of experience with Hip Hop culture, Akil Ammar is an MC, Spoken Word Artist and Urban Poet, that has reinvented his role and commitment with his community. With varied themes and lyrics ranging from day-to-day experineces to socio-political problems, Akil seeks to opens your eyes and ears while driving home a positive message. Rap is the tool through which he builds poetry and reflects on the world at hand.

Co-founder of 'IndieGente', an independent organization created in 2005 with the objective to develop and recognize hip-hop culture, his efforts are focused on diverse artistic manifestations that are inspired by progress, resistamce, and the education of marginalized communities across the globe that wish to raise their voice.

A solo artist since 1996, even though he was part of the group 'LifeStyle' from 1997-98, his influences have evolved from Public Enemy, Nas y Krs-One to Common, The Roots, Dead Prez, Blackalicious, Michael Franti y Mos Def, as well as musical styles like reggae, funk, jazz, blues and latin rhythms like salsa and cumbia.

He has shared the stage with the following artists:
Dead Prez, Freestyle Fellowship, Aztlán Underground, Warclub, 2Mex, Ozomatli, El Vuh, Global City, Frank T, Payo Malo, SFDK, El Cojín, Falsalarma, Skool 77, Bocafloja, Magisterio de México

National & International Festivals and Shows:
In addition to various Rap festivals in Cuba bewteen 2000 and 2003, Akil has appeared in various US shows since 2004 thnaks to the International Hip Hop Exchange, Mano a Mano, Soul & Sol, Sexto Sol, Xicano Records and Film, Divine Force Radio y otras organizaciones (New York, Washington, Miami, Oakland, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tucson, etc). Highlights include the Festival Hecho en Califas 2004, Rhymex 2004, Teatro Hip Hop con Danny Hoch 2004, Festival Progreso Hip Hop 2005, Festival de le musiq 2005, La Farsa de Julio 2005, Festival Raíces 2005, Ritmos en Rebelión, Festival de la Juventud Sinaloa 2006 and more.

Discography:
Ukwand Hip Hop 2006
Deja Vú 2006
Melokarma 2005
Momentos 2003
Reflexión 2002

Sitios web:
www.myspace.com/akilammar
www.indiegente.org