SE LLAMA SABROSO (They Call it Tasty) by Zona Franka (a zona franca is a duty-free port) is an exciting introduction of a style called "Changüí con flow", a fusion of traditional rural changüí with rap and other urban Cuban music. As the name of the group implies, various musical styles from around the Americas are also featured. The songs are Cuban classics re-imagined in fresh, clever and innovative new arrangements that far differ from the original versions.
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.

La Cuqui Quiere Fiesta

Artist:   Charanga Forever

Style Released Album Tracks Charts
Timba 2004 10 0


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# Name Play Time Info
01  Como Pasan Las Cosas
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5:50 debatemelo pero te falto el concepto
02  Todo Empezo, Es Tarde Ya
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5:52 no hayo palabras para hablarte de lo que siento
03  La Cuqui Quiere Fiesta
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6:38 la cuqui lo que quiere es baile, all night long
04  Sueño Equivocado
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6:10 yo no voy a llorar, no voy a llorar, getaway
05  Demasiado Loco
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5:02 ...ay que ser...ay que estar...para dejarte de amar
06  Quince Primaveras
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5:07 para que la vida te sonria, llena de alegrias
07  Son De La Loma
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5:23 acelera y pon la primera, acelera
08  Mi Medicina
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5:35 mala, recia, tensa, y yo le di mi anestesia
09  De La Puerta Pa Fuera
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6:28 es qu estas mal, el amor no es competencia
10  No Te Creas Tanto
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6:07 y tu que me decias que los negros no salian mas
This funky off-shoot of Charanga Habanera, Charanga Forever delivers the premier salsa meets funk experience: la timba cubana. Check out the track "Sueño Equivocado" to hear the influence if US bands like Earth, Wind and Fire on the island’s music. Highlights also includes the title track “La Cuqui Quiere Fiesta” the center-piece of the album.

Charanga Forever The original members of the group were all formerly in Charanga Habanera and the early parts of their careers are covered in great depth in our now completed section on the four albums of the original Charanga Habanera: Love Fever, Hey You Loca, Pa' Que Se Entere La Habana and Tremendo Delirio. The story of the breakup and the early years of Charanga Forever is covered in the article "Charanga Habanera: The Breakup and Beyond".

Having gotten all the way to 2002 with Charanga Habanera, we now return to the summer of 1998 to find out what happened to the original charangueros. They were able to start playing almost instantly. They needed only a new name, "Charanga Forever", and a singer, Armando Cantero, to replace Michel. And so, ironically, the first Charanga Forever was formed from the musicians of the second Charanga Habanera, while the second Charanga Forever was in fact nearly a complete reunion of the original Charanga Habanera that recorded Pa' Que Se Entere La Habana.

"La Charanga que tú conoces, la que siempre te sofocó", JC González, Pedro Pablo, Sombrilla, Michel, Polledo, Manolito, Vitico & Co., were back in business and they corded a short, but brilliant album for a French label that included the astounding "Somos la Charanga" which turns out to have been composed by none other than Juan Formell! In fact, on the French release, the track is listed as "Dice Formell". It also contained a great early Limonta song called "El Avión" which the original Charanga Habanera played live but had never recorded, as well as the great "La Menor" and other tracks.
-- by Kevin Moore of

Musicians on "La Cuqui Quiere Fiesta" By Charanga Forever:

Maikel González "Cuchilla" Piano   Antonio Garcia Gonzalez Saxo y Flauta
Ernesto Boy Bajo   Mario Jimenez "Sombrilla" Cantante
Edel Llorens Bateria y Timbal   Michel Pérez “Michelito” Cantante
Pedro Yasser González Guiro, Bongo   Roberto Pulido Cantante
Víctor Sagarra "Vitamin" Conga   Yoanly Collado "Yoyi" Cantante
Miguel Angel Malagrida Trompeta   Pedro L. Polledo "El Pollo" Trompeta
Mayquel Del Sol Trompeta   Oldrich Barrueta Teclados