"Vivencias en Clave Cubana" 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 most important purveyors of the Son Cubana. While completely dedicated to the performance of traditional Cuban music, Valera was exposed to Pat Metheny, Wes Montgomery and Chick Corea through cassette tapes while in school and those jazz inspirations elevate the quality of his cuatro solos in subtle and beautiful ways. Joined here by childhood friend, reknowned Cuban 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. Cuba's traditional music has a history of constant evolution from its very beginnings. With "Vivencias en Clave Cubana," Kiki Valera continues in that spirit.
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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Para Mi Gente

Artist:   Manolin "El Medico de la Salsa"

Style Released Album Tracks Charts
Timba 1996 12 0


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# Name Play Time Info
01  La Bola (Opening)
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1:20 Manuel González Hernández cantante, director
02  La Mitad De La Habana
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4:58 Luis Bú Pascual piano, arreglos
03  Todo Mi Amor Es Para Ella
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3:17 Eduardo Nápoles Burgos teclado, arreglos
04  Aventura De Amor
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2:28 Dagoberto González Hernández teclados
05  Te Conozco Mascarita
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5:29 Victor Nápoles Collazobajo
06  Se Busca Una Mujer
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5:23 Alexis Arce Isla "Pututi" batería
07  Hay Amores
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4:53 José Velásquez bongo y campana
08  Ella No Vale Nada
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4:34 Jeans Valdés Labrada saxo alto, arreglos
09  Qué Fina
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4:43 Juan Antonio Silvera saxo tenor
10  Me Pasé de Copas
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5:33 William Poledo, Dileixis Romero trompetas
11  Voy A Mí
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5:05 Enrique Pérez, Lázaro González coros
12  La Bola
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5:11 Mayileé Álvarez voz fenemina, coros
About half of "Para mi gente" is every bit as strong as "De Buena Fe", with the remainder being in a lighter, more pop vein. This album also has a strong flow. "La mitad de La Habana" and "Te conozco mascarita" are highlights from the middle of the album and the final ascent from "Ella No Vale Nada" to "Me Pasé de Copas" to "Voy a Mí" to "La bola" is very satisfying. It's been released with two different covers, but the contents are the same.

This timba classic begins and ends with different versions of "La Bola", the single biggest hit in the history of Cuban music - 52 weeks at #1 on the charts.

Cuba's hottest salsa act of the 1990's has to be Manuel Hernández. Better known as "El Medico de la Salsa" (The doctor of salsa), a name bestowed upon him by Jose Luis Cortes, leader of NG La Banda, and the one that helped launch his new career.

A graduate of medical sciences at the University in his native Havana, Manolin, as he is affectionately called, was singing here and there, when he was picked up to tour Mexico as part of a group. After his return, he realized that his true love was music, not necessarily medicine. So he put together his own 12 piece band, and as the saying goes, the rest is history.