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New single by TEAM TIMBA released!

June 08, 2009

By Michael P. Lazarus, Founder LPM

Much like the music, casino dance -also called salsa rueda (wheel)- is a group activity that involves a series of calls and responses. Participants range from an individual dancer to 7-8-9 or more couples, where the body movements match the different sections within the songs.

Those who prefer to listen will revel in the many influences that are noticeable in the music -from Earth, Wind & Fire style horns to funky beats and bass lines to catchy tongue-in-cheek shout choruses with improvisational responses from the lead singer. The many technical aspects of the musical performance are nicely contrasted by the upbeat, positive cheer and celebratory vibe of the lyrical message. Such is the case with the new TEAM TIMBA.

APRIETA PERO NO AHOGA is the new single by TEAM TIMBA, a new project composed of an international rotating cast of top musicians and singers. TEAM TIMBA plays intense original music designed specifically for the tropical music lover and casino style (salsa) dancer. This first single features GONZÁ LO "CHALO" CHOMAT and IRIS CEPEDA, currently based in Los Angeles. In the U.S.A. and Puerto Rico the track is available as a free download with purchase of the new official t-shirt. In Europe, Canada, Japan and Australia the single is available on iTUNES.

June 8, 2009 also marks the homepage takeover by TEAM TIMBA.

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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