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El Pikete to play Karibbean City Sept. 22

September 08, 2007

By Latin Pulse Music

Dance to the hottest Timba group in the USA: EL PIKETE! They will play at Oakland's 'Karibbean City' on Sept 22 in support of their hit single 'Seco y Guardao!' One night, one show only, direct from Miami. The band which consits of an all star lineup of timberos who played in Cuba's elite bands such as Team Cuba, Paulo FG, Manolí n, and Dan Den. Not only are they performing great covers with their own kick, but they already have their own orignal tracks which have everything you would expect from this elite group of musicians.
El Pikete in Oakland

DJ Melao reports from Miami:
El Pikete is on fire! This band not only consists of veterans such as Michel Calvo and Alexis "Mipa" Cuesta who have already marked their names on timba history; but a group of three young talented artists who are only in their 20's. José Montes (21), Honey (23) and J.C. (23) bring a great mix to the groups sound by bringing the influence of the younger generation of young timberos to an already jamming veteran cast.

Pepe Montes (a.k.a Pepe Salsa) who is only 21 years of age was already a member of Paulito's elite in Cuba, he was also Paulito's right hand in his last production of Un Poquito de todo, this young pianist/producer/songwiter brings promise to Miami's timba future with already a hell of a resume behind him. Honey, the youngest timba diva in Miami, shares lead on El Pikete's vocals alongside Michel Calvo which make a great tag team. She was a member of Sello L.A and Colé Colé. Honey brings that timba spice we are use to seeing from those timberas we all love. She brings beauty, charisma, attitude,and a hell of a of voice to the group. J.C.. is another key component of the group. He is the man behind the strings, J.C. gives El Pikete the charanga influence which so many timba bands have. In conclusion, El Pikete's recipe is a hot one, it is an all star cast of established and emerging timberos who do not have a figurehead in the group, but instead their own all star cast. They want to be known as your Pikete, our Pikete! If you are in Miami dont miss out on the opportunity of watching this great new band live. They are truly a blessing to dancers, and as I like to say to the few and the proud timberos of Miami. Como los dijo Michel Calvo "EL QUE LA LLEVA, LA LLEVA" and this band definitely has it!

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  • There is a history of musical innovations being forged on the island of Cuba before finally breaking out into the wider world and making their mark on music at large. Books like those by Rebeca Mauleón have enabled more of us to participate in that process. Now, ten years after Rebeca’s last book, Kevin Moore has produced a unique and outstanding set of works which make the last twenty years of Cuban music accessible to anyone who cares to learn to play it. It remains to be seen whether the rest of the world is now ready for an injection of Cuban timba.
    - Keith Johnson, England