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.

Me Lo Gane

Artist:   Calle Real

Style Released Album Tracks Charts
Timba 2009 11 0


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# Name Play Time Info
01  Somos Familia
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5:49 Patricio Sobrado director, tres,coros
02  El amigo José
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5:15 Thomas Sebastian Elby cantante
03  Me lo gané
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5:44 Andreas Unge bass
04  Jugando Super Mario Bros
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5:58 Gunnar Thullberg piano
05  El anillo
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5:18 Rickard Valdés congas & timbales
06  Los dos sabemos
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7:47 Harry Wallin batería & timbales
07  La eternidad del amor
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5:57 Karl Frid trombón, guiro, coros
08  Mi melodia
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5:19 Petter Linde trompeta
09  El Dony
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6:50 Jacek Onuszkiewcz trompeta
10  Ábreme la puerta
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6:34 Magnus Wiklund, Kristian Persson trombones
11  Loco
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5:39 Michel Zitrón coros
Three years after the release of their popular debut album, Con Fuerza, Calle Real is back with Me lo gané, an album that is guaranteed to thrill their fans as well as win them some new ones. If you are skeptical about whether non-Cubans can really play timba, this album is the proof. Calle Real está en la calle and they make it clear from the start: No me paran con una bala, no me paran ni con dos.

Album Review by Michelle White of
The production of Me lo gané is clean and consistent from the opening measure to the finish. The arrangements have matured as well and contain some very exciting rhythmic patterns and harmonic changes, which to me are part of the Calle Real sello. And of course lead singer Thomas Eby’s clear tenor voice is unmistakable.

Me lo gané is 100% timba, but Calle Real does it with their own flavor bringing something fresh to the genre. The influences of groups such as La Charanga Habanera and Los Van Van are clear and yet Calle Real never imitates what the Cubans do. Just when you think you recognize something, they put a twist on it. It's definitely serious timba and yet it's definitely different.

It’s hard to put your finger on exactly what is different; the details of the interplay between the bass and piano, the relationship between the coros/guías and the clave, the word choice which differs from your standard Cuban vocabulary, the melodies and harmonies of the vocals/coros; there is something that makes the music recognizable as Call Real. Whatever the answer, in the end what it all comes down to is a treasure trove for DJs and dancers alike.

Click the song titles to read the lyrics -- Haz clic en el título del temas para ver las letras

Somos familia - El amigo José - Me lo gané - Jugando Súper Mario Bros - El anillo

Los dos sabemos - La eternidad del amor - Mi melodía - El Dony - Ábreme la puerta - Loco

Calle Real’s albums are characterized by their diversity. The songs have different arrangers and vary considerably in feel from hardcore timba, to timba romantica to timba-pop, but there is a red thread that holds it all together and let’s you know immediately that you are listening to Calle Real and their timba sueca. Me lo gané is must have for DJs and timba fans and will be at the top of timba playlists this year.