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.

Latin Pulse Media, the affiliate publishing division of Latin Pulse Music, is now licensing Latin music videos from artists based in Europe, the United States and the Caribbean. Genres include salsa, timba, bachata, urban, reggaeton, pop and music from Mexico. Contact licensing [at] latinpulsemedia [dot] com for a list of the full video catalog. - Cuban music group and timba powerhouse "Lazarito Valdés y su BAMBOLEO" live at an open air festival on Havana's famous oceanside boardwalk (el malecón), a site known as La Piragua. Keyboardist and director Lázaro Valdés Jr. leads the ensemble with Tania Pantoja, Ronnis López and Yosvani Castañeda on vocals. Also playing are Aryam Varona (Bass), Alexander Sánchez (Timbales), Lipsael Jiménez (Congas), Juan Aguilera (Drumset), Maykel Rojas (Trompeta 1), Maiquel Irarragorri (Trompeta 2), Alejandro S´nchez (Alto Sax), Carlos Valdés (Tenor Sax), Lázaro "Chucho" Piña Portuondo (Representative).


Dembow Team Santo Domingo, Airwaves Studios y Spanish Music Records presenta al artista urbano M.D. (Machito Diferente) el 26 de Noviembre en el Estadio Olímpico de Santo Domingo (República Dominicana). Para más información llame al 787-810-6773 -


La Bruja is one of the kost popular songs of NG LA BANDA. It caused quite a scandal at the time and El Tosco was criticized for using the term "witch". Of course this is mild by today's standard. Here is an electrifying performance provided to us by none other then Calixto Oviedo, NG's drummer during this period and king of the high-hat. Enjoy!


Alexander Abreu & Havana D' Primera performs "Cuando el rio suena" in Stockholm March 25th, 2010. Alexander starts with a trumpet solo which leads seamlessly into the song. For the full concert report and more video see the Havana D'Primera section at - From Beyond Salsa Piano Volume 6 (The Cuban Timba Piano Revolution) - here is Melón playing the main piano theme from "No Me Mires" and its first two variations. This a perfect example of the most critical timba piano innovation -- the idea that the piano tumbao be a "hook" by which the song can be identified and that contributes greatly to the song's popularity. - CALIXTO OVIEDO: Basic Rhythms is a survey of the traditional rhythms that Calixto (NG la Banda, Adalberto Álvarez, Pachito Alonso) mastered prior to the innovations of his modern period. With dozens of carefully transcribed musical examples, this method helps experienced Latin drummers learn the new Cuban styles, aids American and European drummers to master Latin drumming, and to explain the intricacies of Cuban music to arrangers, listeners and dancers. This is the second book in a instructional series set to become the new standard for contemporary Latin percussion (drumset & timbales) styles. 144 pages (144 páginas) with 7 video files (7 videos) and 120 audio tracks (120 pistas).