Hard-core timba at it's best: aggressive bloques, crazy-glue sticky coros, gears and tremendous dancing swing. A timba classic from the Charanguero Mayor. All lyrics (líricas) are available here.
...This current article picks up the story of La Charanga Habanera from the fateful August 1997 concert that led directly to their government-imposed six month suspension. Almost immediately, pianist/arranger Juan Carlos González and singer/writer Dany Lozada left the group and formed a new band which they called "Dany Lozada y su Timba Cubana". This led to the album "Tanto Le Pedí". Many Timba fans aren't even aware of its existence, but it's one of the great treasures of Timba, and is the most direct successor to "Tremendo Delirio", even more so than the more famous subsequent releases by Charanga Forever the Calzado's new Charanga Habanera. In fact, at the time of the suspension, the group which recorded "Tremendo Delirio" was already performing some material which would ultimately be released on "Tanto Le Pedí". This was the only album produced by González and Lozada. We'll have a full article on it in coming months.
In early 1996, after hearing Danny's first big hit, Beso de queso, David Calzado hired him to sing lead and composer with Charanga Habanera. Danny developed an incredible creative chemistry with pianist/arranger Juan Carlos González, with the two of playing defining roles in the landmark album Tremendo delirio. For that album, Lozada wrote Dime si te quedarás, Lo siento por tí, Qué quieres de mí and Usa condón and sang lead on No estamos locos, Charanguéate, and El coleccionista. He also wrote the controversial Mango song which was banned after its first performances.
When Charanga Habanera was suspended in August of 1997 after a nationally televised concert at La Piragua on the Malecón, Lozada and González set out to form their own group, which, at the suggestion of Juan Formell, they called "Danny Lozada y su Timba Cubana". The created an extraordinary album entitled Tanto le pedí, which remains to this day a cult classic among timberos around the world. All the songs were written by Danny and arranged by Juan Carlos. Danny has the master tapes in Miami and a plan is in the works to remix and remaster the album, hopefully in 2007.
--by Kevin Moore of www.TIMBA.com