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.
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Camino al Cielo

Artist:   Havana NRG!

Style Released Album Tracks Charts
Tropical 2003 9 0


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# Name Play Time Info
01  Salsa Tumbao
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5:15 tremendo tumbao, salsa pegajosa
02  Camino al Cielo
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4:45 timba tracks with great harmonies
03  Ya Fue Bastante
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4:50 hot saxes! - que buen merengue
04  Break the Mambo
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4:51 classic mambo, great solos
05  Hombres Solteros
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4:12 un merengue eléctrico, dance floor special
06  Sabroso Violin
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3:35 charanga w/ violin & bone solos + tight band breaks
07  No Puedo Olvidarte
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4:20 bachata with killer do-wop harmonies
08  Wrap the Mambo
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4:38 hip-hop salsa, features rapper Keynote
09  Con Guiro Clave y Bongo
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4:22 ahi nama! - ya esta to' hablao
Stunning in it's versatility and delivery, Havana NRG! plays salsa, timba, bachata, son and merengue with matching fire.

“Our main focus, even though we are Cubans, is that we show we’re ready to play any type of music. People at first had doubts about us doing ‘too many styles’, but we, as a band, stuck to the positive feelings we had about the versatility of our CD.” states, musical director Mariela Suarez.

When you hear it, it’s easy to agree with the hundreds of people packed onto the dance floor for Havana NRG at the Granada night club, dancing everything from rueda de casino, to salsa on one and on two. Yes, as Mariela explains, it is a mixture and a tasty one at that. The CD starts with a couple of smooth salsa tracks with that unmistakably Cuban spice. There are a couple of merengues, one being very romantic that dancers can float across the floor to, another with a heavier, funky beat for all those shimmies and tricky turns. There are a couple of elegant charangas with soulful Cuban rhythms. There’s a cool Latin jazzy mambo track that can be enjoyed by dancers who like their salsa on 2. There’s a nice Bachata for dancing with that special someone plus and a fresh salsa-hip-hop song.

  Havana NRG!'s famous cover of Los Van Van's grammy winning song Habana City.

Músicos que participaron en "Camino Al Cielo":

Mariela Suarez piano, violin, voz
Ivan Martínez timbales, voz    Maiquel Romero voz principal, trompeta
Ramón Rodriguez bajo, voz    Jeff Fort saxofón y flauta
Georber Nodal trompeta    Luis Chacón percusión
Erensto Vélez trombón    Raúl Valdés conga