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.
This is the debut solo album of Cuban cuatro master Kiki Valera, a member of the Familia Valera Miranda, a century-old group and one of the key purveyors of the Son Cubano. While completely dedicated to the performance of traditional Cuban music, Valera was exposed to jazz masters through cassette tapes while in school and those inspirations elevate the quality of his cuatro solos in subtle and wonderful ways. Joined here by childhood friend, renowned vocalist Coco Freeman, Valera and his exciting ensemble pair 12 original songs with beautiful instrumental work in ways that will make you dance, laugh, and possibly shed a tear.
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.

Locura Azul

Artist:   Los Zafiros

Style Released Album Tracks Charts
Latin Pop 2002 11 0


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# Name Play Time Info
01  Hermosa Habana
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2:42 voces y cuerdas ricas
02  Chaverot
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2:22 no puedo vivir sin ti
03  Sera El Amor
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3:46 balada romantica
04  Santa Barbara
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3:48 rumba hechicera
05  He Venido
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3:21 balada doo-wop
06  Cuando Yo La Conoci
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2:14 mambito movido
07  Oye Nicola
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3:19 tema tropical
08  Un Nombre De Mujer
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2:24 influnecias del pop americano
09  Bossa Cubana
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2:36 bossa nova cubana
10  La Caminadora
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3:24 aquí viene el tren
11  Tema De La Esperanza
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3:33 piano con violines
Soundtrack of the popularly acclaimed Cuban film, Locura Azul, meaning “Blue Madness.” Locura Azul is a feature film depicting the story of Los Zafiros, the most popular Cuban vocal group of the 1960s and 70s.

ENGLISH: Only one name comes to mind when thinking back to the nostalgic musical era of Cuban "doo-wop": Los Zafiros. Formed in Havana in 1962, the quartet dazzled its way to clebrity status by developing a unique sound never before heard in Cuba. The exotic combination of doo-wop with a strong Afro-Cuban influence, along with stylistic choreography, and the trademark "silky-as-satin" vocals wooed thousands of young Cubans, and instantly captured the hearts of fans internationally, as well.

The quartet's founding members and vocalists--Leoncio Morua, Eduardo Elio Mora, Ignacio Elijalde Sanchez, and Miguel Angel Cancio--were responsible for the dreamy, yet, provocative sound characteristic of Los Zafiros. Yet, they could not have achieved such great success without the musical talent and innovative genius of Manolo Galvan, the group's guitarrist and composer. He was the group's first director, and also, the first to leave the quartet. Oscar Aguirre, a well-known lead guitarrist, replaced Manolo and contributed greatly to the success of Los Zafiros not only with his brilliant guitar work, but also as the composer of many of the quartet's successful recordings. Among these timeless pieces are: "Cuando Yo La Conoci," "Dichoso El Mar," "Si Corazon," and "Maldito Telefono."

Los Zafiros continued to reign well into the 70s despite the group's disintegration, Miguel Cancio and Oscar Aguirre, the group's only surving members, are currently actively engaged in different projects. Miguel Cancio is co-script writer for "Locura Azul"-- the feature film depicting the Los Zafiros story. Oscar Aguirre is currently touring around the world with the Buena Vista Social Club.

New generations of Los Zafiros fans can experience the magic and nostalgia of the 60s through the digitally enhanced cd-rom containing rare archive television footage of the legendary quartet, along with music videos, a biography, and photographs. Though the years have passed, the enamour with an era remains--an era in Cuban music history marked by the brilliant--and undying--dazzling blue light of Los Zafiros.

ESPAÑOL: Para aquellos que sus vidas fueron tocadas por Los Zafiros, ellos fueron una leyenda. Defensores de la música internacional inclusive antes de que existiera, Los Zafiros combinaron lo mejor de los años 50 doo-wop americano y R&B con ritmos Afro-Cubanos, Son, Calypso, Bossa Nova y una mirâada de otras influencias latinas y del Caribe. Adorados en su paâs de origen e igualmente por muchos cubanos americanos, el grupo fue elevado a un status de culto en el Oriente y Occidente de Europa donde ellos se presentaron en gira a mediados de los años sesenta. Virtualmente desconocidos en AmÚrica hasta el Éxito 1998 por World Circuit Records BOSSA CUBANA, la música de Los Zafiros alcanzo una audiencia global más amplia que la que tuvieron en susdiez años de éxito.

Viajando y fotografiando en Cuba desde 1993, mi primer descubrimiento de los sonidos mágicos de Los Zafiros me vino como completa sorpresa siete años más tarde. Investigando esta historia de los 60, los Beatles de la Cuba post-revolucionaria, se profundizo más mi aprecio por este espâritu cubano en todas sus encarnaciones. Con la aprobación de los dos énicos miembros sobrevivientes del grupo, MIGUEL CANCIO y MANUEL GALBAN, se realizaron mis esperanzas de filmar la reunión de los dos en la vecindad de Cayo Hueso en la Habana, donde Los Zafiros fueron creados.

La filmación principal tubo lugar en Miami y La Habana en Noviembre y Diciembre, de 2001 e involucro muchos de los miembros de la familia de Los Zafiros, amigos y colegas mésicos, como ORLANDO CACHAITO LOPEZ de Buena Vista Social club, junto con muchos otros artistas cubanos y Cubano-Americanos, como OSCAR AGUIRRE DE FONTANA, MANOLIN, ROSITA FORNES y JUANA BACALLAO.

Esta pelâcula fue creada para celebrar el tiempo complejo y la breve vida de este grupo tan especial. Su mþsica es la banda sonora de un perâodo hist÷rico olvidado que confina el borde del tiempo.
-- Lorenzo DeStefano Productor y Director