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.

Songs & Dances of Puerto Rico

Artist:   Music of Puerto Rico

Style Released Album Tracks Charts
Jíbaro 1956 11 0


© 1956 Smithsonian Folkways Records. All rights reserved.
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# Name Play Time Info
01  De La Montaña Venimos
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2:42 aguinaldo clásico usado en parranda
02  Mazurka Maria
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2:53 mejor comocido como el waltz criollo
03  Esta Navidad
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3:09 otro ejemplo de la música típica
04  Danson
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3:10 la clave de son entra y sale
05  Mapalle
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5:11 como juega ese cuatro
06  Aguinaldo Jíbaro
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4:28 canción navideña sobre el niño Jesús
07  Que Caminao
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3:48 porque se oye el ritmo del merengue?
08  Aguinaldo Cagueño
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4:21 en la décima se improvisan los versos
09  El Día 3 de Septiembre
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3:23 triste canción sobre la Revolución Nacionalista
10  Bajo las Sombras de un Pino
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4:32 cuatro, tres, maracas y guiro
11  Seis Choreao
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3:26 a I-IV-V jíbaro style
Completed in 1956 by Dr. William Marlens, this collection of tape recordings of traditional folk songs from the island of Puerto Rico features full lyrics sheets with English translation, a short analysis of all the musical pieces, an introduction on the history of Puerto Rico and a biography of Dr. Marlens.

Used by many universities as part of their ethno-musicology curriculum, this album is a collection of Puerto Rican folk songs personally recorded in 1956 by William S. Marlens, a Brooklyn born man of Latvian descent, who served as a Captain in WWII and later, after years of dentistry practice in the Bronx, was so taken by his patient's descriptions of the island that he visited Puerto Rico and make these tape recordings. All the songs were spur of the moment with no rehearsal.

The extensive liner notes for this album include full lyrics sheets with English translation, a short analysis of all the musical pieces, an introduction of the history of Puerto Rico and a biography of Dr. Marlens.