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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# Name Play Time Info
01  Que Mal Te Portaste
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4:42 free Rumbatá video download courtesy of PlazaCUBA
02  La Habana Se Lo Llevó
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7:16 free Pupy Pedroso video download courtesy of PlazaCUBA
Enjoy these free Cuban music video clips courtesy of PlazaCuba, a humanitarian-based arts organization that specializes in travel to Cuba and Cuban music, dance, art and cultural exchange. These video clips have a total playing time = 11:58 mm:ss. Enjoy!

This FREE DOWNLOAD includes 2 QUICKTIME VIDEO FILES - one of the Camagüey folkloric group RUMBATÁ performing a song titled "Que Mal Te Portaste" and the other is a full song of a concert at la E.N.A. (National School of the Arts) by world famous timba group Pupy y los que Son Son.

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PlazaCUBA is dedicated to developing projects that investigate and preserve Cuban culture such as music and dance workshops, humanitarian programs, and documentary films. PlazaCUBA also coordinates and promotes events in the San Francisco Bay Area. Their extensive website ( provides a wealth of information about travel to Cuba, the music and dance scene in Havana, and cultural events around the island.

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