BILLBOARD LATIN MUSIC WEEK 2021  LIVE IN MIAMI FAENA FORUM SEPTEMBER 20-24, 2021
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.
This is the debut solo album of Cuban cuatro master Kiki Valera, a member of the Familia Valera Miranda, a century-old group and one of the key purveyors of the Son Cubano. While completely dedicated to the performance of traditional Cuban music, Valera was exposed to jazz masters through cassette tapes while in school and those inspirations elevate the quality of his cuatro solos in subtle and wonderful ways. Joined here by childhood friend, renowned vocalist Coco Freeman, Valera and his exciting ensemble pair 12 original songs with beautiful instrumental work in ways that will make you dance, laugh, and possibly shed a tear.
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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Frank Veliz

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Madrid, Spain 2009 1 0 0
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Cantante cubano de Santa Clara ahora basado en Madrid, España.

ENGLISH: Frank Veliz; originally from Encrucijada, city of Santa Clara, Cuba, born February 6, 1983. He knew from an early age that music was his inspiration. Music runs through his blood and the rhythmic feel of the Old Cubans comes natural to him.

His father Francis drove his career; from leading his son to the entrance exams at the EVA Olga Alonso art academy, where he graduated from the elementary level of choral studies followed by a transition to the School of National Arts of Cuba (ENA). Following that he registered in the Santa Clara de Cuba Music School, graduating in basic piano and choral singing.

At the age of 15 he already belonged to several musical groups: Orquesta Salsa Rumbo in Santa Clara, in which he began his first performances in popular Cuban music. The he joined the Orquesta Condado, with whom he performed his own compositions, recorded at Radio WW Santa Clara the second production for the group and completed a six week tour of the central territories of the island.

At 17 he traveled to Spain where he shared the stage with the “Queen of Cuba” Celia Cruz, Oscar d’ Leon, Estrellas de Niche, Los Adolescentes, El Gran Combo and several major groups in Spain. He spent two years with the Orquesta Domino de Asturias, ranked among the 10 best in the country, in which he participated as lead singer and keyboardist.

He was musical director and member of the Son Caribe orchestra, in which he participated with many styars of the Dominican Republic music scene: Juan Manuel, Luis Miguel de la Marge, Leidy Bonilla, Luiggi Arias, among others and shared the stage with artists like Bustamante, Sergio Dalma, Pastora Soler, Niña Pastori and Rosario Flores.

Frank is a vocalist in acclaimed producer Sergio George’s special project -Dark Latin Groove (DLG)- one of the popular salsa intyernational salsa acts, in which he still works their main European tours.

In 2009 he releases his first solo album and begins his experience as a music producer. In this production we see a Frank Veliz that has matured with the ongoing success of his intense career yet still retains the simplicity and sensitivity of his roots.

Frank Veliz is a young man with a purpose –for you to get to know his great love, Cuban music. He loves his family and friends. I invite you to get to know him.

ESPAÑOL: Frank Veliz; Originario de Encrucijada, municipio de Santa Clara Cuba, nacido el 6 de Febrero de 1983. Supo desde muy joven que la música era su fuente de inspiración, le corría por la sangre el ritmo y el sentir de los viejos cubanos. Su padre Francisco fue el impulsor de su carrera llevándolo a las pruebas de acceso en la escuela vocacional de artes EVA Olga Alonso, en donde se graduó del nivel elemental de dirección coral , seguido realizo el paso de nivel a la escuela de artes nacional de cuba ENA ,al poco tiempo ingreso en la escuela de superación profesional para la música de Santa Clara, Cuba, graduándose finalmente en piano básico y canto coral.

Perteneció a varias agrupaciones. A la edad de 15 años se ingresó en la orquesta (Salsa Rumbo) de Santa Clara, en la cual empezó sus primeros pasos en la música Cubana. Al poco tiempo impartió en una agrupación con la que cantaba sus propias composiciones -la Orquesta Condado. Con esta grabó en la Emisora de Radio WW de Santa Clara -la segunda producción de la Orquesta- y donde completo una gira de seis semanas por el territorio central de la isla. A la edad de 17 años viaja a España y comparte el escenario con la “Reina de Cuba” Celia Cruz, Oscar d León, Estrellas de Niche, Los Adolescentes, El Gran Combo y varias agrupaciones importantes de España. Estuvo 2 años con la Orquesta Domino de Asturias, situada entre las 10 mejores del país, en la que participaba como cantante principal y tecladista.

Fue el director musical y socio de la orquesta Son Caribe, en la que participo con varios artistas importantes de la música Dominicana como: Juan Manuel, Luis Miguel de la Margue, Leidy Bonilla, Luiggi Arias, entre otros y compartió escenario con artistas como Bustamante, Sergio Dalma, Pastora Soler, Niña Pastori y Rosario Flores.

Frank es vocalista del proyecto especial del aclamado productor Sergio George -Dark Latin Groove (DLG)- una de las agrupaciones más importantes de la salsa a nivel internacional, en la cuál todavía sigue colaborando en sus giras europeas como corista principal de la banda.

En el 2009 lanzá su primer álbum como solista –Encrucijada- donde empieza su primera experiencia como productor musical. En esta producción vemos a un Frank Veliz que ha madurado con el éxito de una intensa carrera, pero que conserva la sencillez y sensibilidad de sus inicios. Frank Veliz es un joven cubano cual objetivo tiene darse a conocer su gran amor de la música cubana, ama a sus familiares y amigos, en fin les invito a que lo conozcan.