"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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Yo No Me Parezco A Nadie

Artist:   Bamboleo (1995-2000)

Style Released Album Tracks Charts
Timba 1998 9 0


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# Name Play Time Info
01  Opening Estudio
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3:37 camina pa' la pista..........
02  Yo No Me Parezco A Nadie
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6:41 empújalo que es de cartón
03  Si Tu No Hablaras Tanto
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6:42 viste te cojiste el dedo con la puerta
04  Amor Sin Traspaso
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6:17 buen swing, solo de trompeta
05  Tu Y Yo Una Misma Cosa
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3:37 bolero insipracional, los 3 vocalistas cantan
06  Pelicula Vieja
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6:12 un clásico, con frases únicas y tremendo afinque
07  Cuentales
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5:32 con influencias de cumbia y rumba
08  Mirando Al Cielo
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3:11 tema romántico, suena como 'gospel' en español
09  Con Un Canto En El Pecho
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6:24 otro ejemplo del 'bloque' que todos saben
que es únicamente Bamboleo
Second release from this female-fronted, powerhouse timba band from Cuba sets the standard for Cuban dance music.
Camina pa' la pista que la pista no tiene espinas.

The second CD, "Yo No Me Parezco a Nadie" was a masterpiece. All most all of the material was written by the great Leonel Limonta, who had written a number of hits for Charanga Habanera and Issac, and who would later leave the band, along with Haila Mompié, to form Azúcar Negra. Moreaux was replaced by the the phenomenal young Ludwig Nuñez, who stayed with the band until 2005. José "Pepe" Espinosa played with the band on timbales, but, although he's listed in the credits, left the band before this CD was recorded. Osvaldo Chacón was replaced by two male singers: Rafael Labrrera (son of LVV's Manolo), who would do much of the writing on the third CD, and Alejandro Borrero, who stayed with the group until 2004. The Abreus were replaced by Andrés Gonzalo on congas and the brilliant Rafael Vargas on bass, who wrote several brilliant arrangements for this album and later for Azúcar Negra.
--review by Kevin Moore of www.TIMBA.com

Like sweet rum and smooth cigars, Bamboleo is another one of those fine Cuban exports that, once
you get a taste of it, one sampling just won't be enough. The 14-member timba group is one hot number, from its music and choreography to its well-dressed singers and musicians. Lázaro Valdés leads the band, and he also plays the piano, arranges, composes, and writes songs. A Havana native, he was enrolled in the Alejandro Garcia Caturla Academy during the 1970s. He established Bamboleo after spending time performing with such artists as Pachito Alonso, Bobby Carcasses, and Hector Tellez. He culled musicians from the cream of the crop, incorporating into his new troupe many who had trained at Havana's National School of the Arts. He added some spark with vocalist Haila Mompie, who in turn recruited vocalist Vannia Borges. Another Havana native, Borges became a music student when she was five years old, and first sang professionally with an all-woman outfit known as D'capo in the early '90s. Four years later, she moved on to Pachito Alonso y su Kini Kini, leaving in 1997 to add her talents to Bamboleo. Guantanamo native Yordamis Megret came to the group in 1998, a year after Mompie left. She started her musical training when she was 10 years old and took up the guitar. Like Borges, she, too, is an alumna of the National School of Arts. Upon graduation, she started singing professionally with Ricacha. Before joining Bamboleo, Megret sang for Jose Luis Cortes' salsa ensemble, PG.

Bamboleo first started touring outside of Cuba in 1996, the same year the group debuted with 'Te Gusto o Te Caigo Bien'. The group has performed in major U.S. cities, from Chicago to Miami, and New York to Los Angeles. After the release of 'Yo No Me Parezco A Nadie' and 'Ya No Hace Falta', the group toured the world, with stops in Europe, the U.S., and Japan, as well as China's Heineken 2000 World Music Festival. Bamboleo also contributed to the Temptations' Grammy-winning Ear-Resistable. In addition, the ensemble has been featured on the MTV program Road Rules, and has worked with artists such as James Brown, Femi Kuti, and George Benson. ~ Linda Seida, All Music Guide