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.

El Pikete

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Miami (FL), United States 2007 4 0 0
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El Pikete Piano Transcriptions 1
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Video Clase Timba Piano 1 Pikete
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Video Clase Timba Bajo 1 Pikete
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Timba de Primera Toma EC
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With an all-star lineup of timberos who played in elite Cuban bands like Team Cuba, Paulo FG, Manolín "El Médico", and Dan Den, EL PIKETE is a miami-based powerhouse timba group led by percussionist Alexis "Mipa" Cuesta.

ESPAÑOL: Esta agrupación surge de los deseos de expandir la musica cubana en los Estados Unidos y el resto del mundo. Su nombre se considera un cubanismo, y significa la unión. Se basa en las matices de grandes agrupaciones cubanas como Los Van Van, Manolito Simonet y su Trabuco y Pupy y los que Son Son. Se rescata la sonoridad charanguera al incluirse el violín como parte de la agrupación, y se logra un sonido renovador y netamente cubano. Sus integrantes son músicos profesionales, todos cubanos provenientes de grandes orquestas como Team Cuba, Manolin El medico de la salsa, Paulo FG, Dan Den, etc....

A todos nuestros amigos, les damos un gran saludo y los invitamos a apoyar nuestra musica y nuestros esfuerzos para llegar al corazón de todos los cubanos y salseros del mundo.

El repertorio esta compuesto por temas originales y, adicionalmente, arreglos nuevos de la musica cubana moderna, llenos de nuevas tendencias y en hechos pensando en el bailador. Esta influenciado por géneros como el songo, el mambo, el son montuno y la timba. A esto se une un sentido comercial debido a que el grupo radica en Miami y tiene enfocado su trabajo a todo el público de Latinoamérica y el mundo en general. Los temas originales del grupo son compuestos por José (Pepito) Montes, Jorge Carlos y Jeáns Valdez; compositores de la propia orquesta. Forman parte de la primera producción musical de El Pikete. Los objetivos de El Pikete es defender la musica cubana y llevarla a los más altos niveles de popularidad.

ENGLISH: El Pikete is on fire! With an all-star lineup of timberos who played in elite Cuban bands such as Team Cuba, Paulo FG, Manolín, and Dan Den, El Pikete is lighting up Miami's dance floor's night after night. Led by percussionist Alexis "Mipa" Cuesta, they play a combination of cutting edge new originals as well as new arrangements of timeless timba classics (Locos por mi Habana, De la Timba a Poggoloti, and Yeni's Los dejamos llevar, etc).

Hani, the youngest timba diva in Miami, shares lead vocal duties with Dan Den veteran Michel Calvo. Michel is also well known with his work in the acclaimed 'Havana Power Band' led by bassist Raúl Cabrera. Hani was a member of Sello L.A. and Colé Colé. She brings the same timba spice we're used to seeing from Vannia, Yordamis, Yeni and the other top timberas: beauty, charisma, attitude, and a great voice to the group.

Violinist J.C. is another key component of the group. He adds the charanga influence which so many timba bands have. El Pikete's recipe is a hot one. They want to be known as your Pikete, our Pikete! If you are in Miami don't miss out on the opportunity of watching this great new band live. They truly are 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!

--from a review by DJ Melao of, all photos by Tom Ehrlich