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.

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Puertorican folk artist Roy Brown to play in SF Sept. 25

September 07, 2008

By Michael P. Lazarus, Founder LPM

Puerto Rican singer-songwriter, activist and guitarist Roy Brown presents his music of love and social justice at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts in San Francisco, California, on September 25th @ 8pm. Roy is heavily involved and invested in the struggles for independence and decolonization around the world, the liberation of political prisoners and struggles of marginalized communities in Latin America.

Puerto Rican Singer Songwriter ROY BROWN In Concert

Date: Thursday, September 25 2008
Place: Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (2868 Mission St., San Francisco, CA)
Time: 8pm
Tickets: $20 in advanced $22 at door
For tickets: Call MCCLA's Box Office: 415-643-2776 or

To speak of Roy Brown Ramí rez is to speak of Nueva Trova in Puerto Rico, and to speak of Nueva Trova is to speak of Roy Brown Ramí rez. His first two albums Yo Protesto and Basta Ya (1972) recorded themes that have become classics of the independence movement of Puerto Rico and, moreover to document the successes of those years. In the first half of the 70s, he recorded three albums: Roy Brown III, Profecia de Urayoan, and Distancias. In 1975, he traveled various U.S. cities with his Distancias concert, accompanied by José Gonzalez and Miguel Cubano.

He moved to New York with his group Aires Bucaneros, composed of Carl Royce, Zoraida Santiago, Pablo Nieves, Ruco Gandí a, among others, recorded Aires Bucaneros (1978), Casi Alba (1980), Nuyol (1983), Arboles (1988), and Balada de Otro Tiempo (1989). In those years the singer-songwriter traveled the world; Greece, Germany, Spain, Mexico, Ecuador, Cuba, Holland, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, among others. Arboles was produced by Silvio Rodriguez in Cuba and it includes tracks by both Rodriguez and Brown. Roy Brown has 19 albums and his songs have been recorded by Joan Manuel Serrat, Susana Baca, Celia Cruz, Fiel a la Vega, Haciendo Punto en otro Son, Lucecita Benitez, and Cultura Profética, among others. He continues to be heavily involved and invested in the struggles for independence and decolonization around the world, the liberation of political prisoners and struggles of marginalized communities in Latin America.

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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