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.
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Asi Es La Vida (Single)

Artist:   José 'Bartolo' Bartolomei

Style Released Album Tracks Charts
Latin Rock 2009 1 0


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01  Así Es La Vida
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3:30 el bochorno nacional ataca otra vez
Cayéndole encima a los legisladores otra vez, Bartolo comenta en esta canción que se chupará un limber mientras los ricos se hartan.

Debido a que Bartolo está delicado de salud, con serios problemas en el corazón y en los pulmones, se decidió crear una recaudación de fondos (via esta cuenta de GoFundMe) para ayudarlo. Sabemos que la Isla atraviesa un momento difícil a consecuencia del catastrófico paso del huracán María, pero cualquier aportación será agradecida. Gracias por su apoyo. Viva el rock and roll. #BartoloSeLevanta

Bajista y compositor natal de Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, mejor conocido como "Bartolo" y su grupo "The Nightbreakers". Una de las primeras figura claves del movimiento del Rock en Puerto Rico, ya que fué uno de los principiantes intérpretes del género y se ha mantenido tocando sin interrupción por más de 23 años.

Bartolo disfruta una rejuvenecedora sesión en el spa mientras instruye a sus orgullosos pupilos el arte de no derramar su cerveza mientras duerme. Que Dios lo bendiga.