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.

Checo Colon

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Mayagüez, Puerto Rico 2001 1 0 0
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Cantautor (singer/songwriter) puertorriqueño.

English - If life is a journey, then Puerto Rican bred singer/songwriter Checo Colón is really living, and piling up the frequent flyer miles along the way. With the release of his sophomore project, MamáYoyó, the journey takes Checo to a rest stop in the heart of Panama where he teamed up with a unique league of Panamanian musicians to put together a blend of Caribbean beats, mixed with alternative rock, and jam based tunes. A much more beat packed album than his debut release, MamáYoyó still carries the elegiac songwriting styles that characterize the young songwriter. While with a much different perspective, MamáYoyó still shows that Checo continues to write the soundtrack to his journey.

Español - Si la vida es un viaje, entonces el cantautor puertorriqueño Checo Colón se la está viviendo en grande y va acumulando las millas a través del viaje. Con su segunda producción, Checo Colón + MamáYoyó, el viaje toma descanso en el corazón de Panamá donde le acompaña una liga exclusiva de músicos panameños para crear su mezcla de ritmos caribeños, enlazados con rock alternativo y melodías basadas en la improvisación. Un proyecto mucho más musicalmente lleno que su álbum debut, MamáYoyó aún carga con el estilo melancólico que caracteriza al joven cantautor. Aunque con una muy distinta visión, MamáYoyó nos hace saber que Checo sigue escribiendo la banda Sonora de su viaje.

Photos from the OP Latin Pro Surf Tour (courtesy of Checo Colón)