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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Cuban reggaeton.

Led by rappers/dancers Leyder (Two Four) and Moixes (Mano Negra), Saoco is a cuban reggaeton duo that mixes spanish hip-hop and timba. Their live show features their catchy lyrics backed by a five piece salsa rhythm section (bass, piano, keyboard, congas, drumset w/ timbales) and a turntablist.

Biography (English):
Leyder Chapman - The events leading up to Leyder’s career as a band leader and producer are as interesting as unforeseen. Born in Holguín, Eastern Cuba, his life was dedicated to basketball and other sports since a very young age. It was during a trip to play in the Good Will Games in Australia that his life took an unexpected turn: he decided to stay in Los Angeles with the intent of becoming a professional basketball player. Due to circumstances that he faced in the US, he found himself part of the Cuban art expression. He became a salsa aerobics instructor and a founder of a dance group called Estrellas Cubanas. In time, he founded SAOCO, a band specializing in the fusion of Cuban rhythms into the popular reggaeton.

Moises Rodriguez - Born in Havana, Moises begain at the age of 15 his lifetime career of music with studying piano and guitar. He became part of “Fuera de Ley” performing in this rap band in well-known venues like “Café Cantante” and the touristic center “Marina Hemingway.” He eventually joined SAOCO where his work has developed into a unique expression of Cuban music.

Biografia (Español):
Leyder - Nacido en Holguin, ciudad hubicada en la parte oriental de Cuba. Dedico toda su vida hasta los 24 anos al deporte de basketball, integrando el Equipo Nacional juvenil de basket Cubano integrando posteriormente el equipo de adultos. En un viaje para los juegos de Buena voluntad en Australia la delegacion cubana tenia que pasar por Los Angeles, CA y decidio desertar para tratar de convertirse en un jugador profesional de basketball. Debido a las circumstancias de la vida, su destino cambio y se vio metido en el arte. Se convirtio en un instructor de salsa aerobica creando el grupo danzario "Estrellas Cubanas". Posteriormente, creo el grupo Saoco que produce una mezcla de reggaeton con ritmos cubanos.

Moises - Nacido en la Habana, comenzo su trabajo en la musica cuando tenia 15 anos integrando un grupo de RAP llamado “Fuera de Ley” presentandose en el Café Cantante y la Marina Heminguey, dos sitios muy frecuentados en La Habana. Estudio piano y guitarra con un maestro autodidacta el cual lo introdujo a la musica. Integro el grupo SAOCO hace un ano y medio y su trabajo con el mismo es el fruto de todo el tiempo de su vida dedicado a la musica.