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.

Viento de Agua Unplugged

Artist:   Music of Puerto Rico

Style Released Album Tracks Charts
Plena 2004 12 0


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Audio album download includes album tracks, liner notes and cover art.
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# Name Play Time Info
01  Ahora Si
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3:29 que yo vengo a cantar con mi guiro y su cadencia
02  El Leon
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2:52 que la gente salga corriendo del zológico
03  Del Oye
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4:24 ay del oye....alelú.....tarará
04  Quinto y Tumbador
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3:31 oyeló oyeló....con el corte que te pone a bailar
05  Sire y Sire
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4:53 porque están tocando mi balancé
06  Las Tarimas
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4:54 yo quisiera dedicarle esta plena a los pleneros
07  Ola de la Mar
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3:06 traigame la paz que mi plena va a sonar
08  Mayela
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5:05 Puerto Rico bomba Mayelá
09  Pa’ un Plenero
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5:25 que más se puede cantar pa'un plenero
10  Cucu
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5:26 cucú titimayo pá
11  Maringracia
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3:20 que bonito baila mi morena
12  Viento de Agua Llego
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3:47 agua...aguacero cayendo
With this recording, bandleader Tito Matos and his group "Viento De Agua" lay down some of the island's finest "materia prima" (raw material) of today's two most African Puerto Rican musical traditions -bomba and plena. This excellent production features Roberto Cepeda (son of the late bomba patriach Rafael Cepeda) and captures the stripped-down, straight-ahead version of his music, foregrounding its essence to the sound of unbridled percussion.
Download includes a very informative and comprehensive 40 page booklet.

La bomba y plena escuchadas en esta grabación son la materia prima de las principales tradiciones musicales afro-puertoriqueñas del presente. Cuando su dinámico líder Tito Matos creó el grupo Viento de Agua, él prometió mantener vivo el "sonido de la esquina de la calle" de la plena, música enraizada en la vida de la gente del pueblo. Viento de Agua Unplugged interpreta la versión básica y directa de su música, asentándose en su esencia—el sonido desenfrenado de la percusión, apoyando letras que proclaman temas locales. En estas presentaciones por veteranos de la bomba y la plena, Tito corrobora su idea de que "no se puede crear sin conocer las raíces."

The bomba and plena heard on this recording are the materia prima (raw material) of today's two most African Puerto Rican musical traditions. When its dynamic leader Tito Matos created the group Viento de Agua ("Wind of Water"), he vowed to keep alive the "streetcorner sound" of the plena, music rooted in the lives of ordinary people. Viento de Agua Unplugged plays the stripped-down, straight-ahead version of his music, foregrounding its essence—the sound of unbridled percussion, underscoring lyrics that proclaim local topics. In these performances by veterans of bomba and plena, Tito proves his claim that "There is no way to create if you don't have the roots."

Performance Credits:
Héctor "Tito" Matos - Mirian Félix - Joksan Ramos - Roberto Cepeda
Juan Guitíerrez - Sammy Tanco - Juan Richard Martínez

Production Credits:
Produced by Héctor "Tito" Matos & Daniel Sheehy
Recorded by Scott Lehrer & Pete Reiniger
Mixed by Pete Reiniger
Mastered by Charlie Pilzer
Liner Notes by Héctor "Tito" Matos & Juan Flores
Liner Notes by Daniel Sheehy
Design by Marlow Palleja Design
Notes Edited by Jacob Love
Photography by Marlow Palleja & Daniel Sheehy