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Best of Salsa: Join the Fan Club for Latin Music!

WIN THE BEST OF ORISHAS AND MORE
IN OUR CHRISTMAS COMPETITION!

ARTIST: ORISHAS
THE ALBUM: ANTIDIOTICO, available as CD or boxed set, 2 CDs, 1 DVD
TO BUY & PRICE:
HMV CD + DVD £9.99; CD £7.95; Amazon £12.49;
War Child Music, £7.99
WEBSITE:
www.orishasthebest.com

LONDON SALSA SCENE ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF THE FAN CLUB FOR LATIN & CROSS OVER MUSIC NUEVO RITMOS.
     LAUNCHING THE FAN CLUB ARE THE MIGHTY ORISHAS! We are working with the 3-man Cuban crew to bring you closer to their sweltering, insistent, addictive sound. YOU CAN WIN THEIR LATEST ALBUM - FEATURING THE BEST OF ORISHAS IN OUR LATEST CHRISTMAS COMPETITION!
    
Set up in 1998, Orishas is an intriguing fusion of Cuban and French musicians Roldan Gonzalez Rivero; Hiram Riveri Medina aka Ruzzo and Yotuel Romero Manzanaresis. 
     Their latest release ANTIDIOTICO is a compilation of some of the crew’s best tracks over their last three albums. This is a intense fusion of Afro-Cuban beats with hip-hop, the rhythms of the Cuban gods and son, a compelling salute from the new generation to the old.
     Named after the Cuban Gods of the Santaria, Orishas are masters of their own unique juicy, pulchritudinous Cuban take on rap, bringing the sounds of the back streets of Havana to an international audience.
       This shows Orishas at the cutting edge as track after track hits you between the eyes; fresh, hypnotic, sharp and mature as vintage rum. A Lo Cubano, 5.3.7 Cuba (their remake of Compay Segundo's "Chan Chan") and Represent Cuba are instantly recognisable to dancers. Beyond the known, there’s the chance to experience the best of Orishas in a 2 CD + 1 DVD Collection.
ESSENTIAL LATIN MUSIC, BUY IT!
    
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TO CELEBRATE THE LAUNCH OF THE FAN CLUB FOR LATIN MUSIC - NUEVO RITMOS - WE ARE GIVING AWAY COPIES OF ORISHAS’ ANTIDIOTICO, SANGRE LATINA’S REGGAETOSON & MORE IN OUR CHRISTMAS COMPETITION. TO ENTER, JUST CLICK HERE TO SEND US AN EMAIL,  INCLUDE THE WORDS NUEVO RITMOS COMPETITION IN THE SUBJECT LINE - & your name, address, preferably a landline and YOUR LOCAL CLUB****. Competition closes: 15th January 2008; 1 entry per person. Ed
WE HAVE OUR WINNERS; CONGRATULATIONS Katharine Slocombe, HORNSEY, LONDON N8, RICHARD MILLER AND RACHEL GEDNEY, PORTSLADE, BRIGHTON!!! WELL DONE GUYS!!! WED, 23 JAN 08 ED.

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London Salsa: Tributes for Israel “Cachao” Lopez - Wednesday 26 March 2008

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LAST YEAR
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“Cachao” Israel Lopez - A True Legend

Revered bassist and father of Mambo Israel “Cachao” Lopez died on March 22, 2008 at the age of 89, writes Goobi Kyazze www.soulsa.co.uk
       Cachao is one of the most influential figures in 20th-century Cuban music. Born in Havana in 1918, Israel Lopez was raised in a family of musicians – most of whom were bassists. The nickname “Cachao” is said to have been bestowed by his Andalucian great-grandfather.                
         With his late brother Orestes (the father of Buena Vista Social Club star Cachaito), he invented the Mambo.
         In the late 1930s, the elegant and classical Danzon was Cuba’s most popular music form. Bored with this European colonial import, the two Lopez brothers explored the possibilities of incorporating faster rhythms and more improvisational elements to the Danzon.
         This resulted in the creation of a nuevo ritmo – a new rhythm that was later dubbed Mambo (an African word that loosely referred to a conversation with the gods).
         In the late 1950s, Cachao started assembling some of his musicians after gigs to organise and record late night jam sessions. These sessions gave the musicians the freedom to let loose and showcase their skills in a free-for-all performance which became known as descargas.
         In the 1960s, he left Castro’s Cuba for New York to further his career. By the 1980s however, Cachao had relocated to Miami and slipped into relative obscurity.
         In the early 1990s, actor and fan Andy Garcia helped introduce the Cuban maestro to a new legion of admirers.
         In 2003, his return was made complete when he was awarded a Grammy Award in 2003 and honoured with a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. In 2005, another Grammy followed.
       In an era where the word “legend” is banded about far too casually, Cachao undeniably earned his right to be regarded as one. Señor Lopez…we salute you!

The Father of  Mambo

A new documentary about el maestro demaestros - Cachao: Uno Mas - makes its world premiere at the San Francisco International Film Festival on Monday, April 28th, writes John Santos, Historian/Percussionist.
     El maestro had planned to attend and kindly agreed to perform as a guest with my Quintet at the new Yoshi's in San Francisco after the film as well. With his usual unusual humility, he told me on the phone how happy and grateful he was to be able to play with us - imagine!
     All of us who enjoy popular Cuban music owe him the most immense debt of gratitude. Since the mid-80s when I had a weekly radio program on KPOO and dedicated a couple of shows to him, he treated me like family. I'll always cherish his friendship.
     In 1989 and again in 1990, Cachao came to San Franciso to participate in La Evolucion de la Musica Afrocubana concerts I produced for the San Francisco Jazz Festival. He performed alongside with Armando Peraza, Walfredo De Los Reyes, Chocolate Armenteros, Santana, and my groups, The Machete Ensemble and the Coro Folklorico Kindembo. We sold out Davies Symphony Hall (3,000 seats) and had an unforgettable time playing descargas, danzones and Afro Cuban folklore.
     This is where Cachao met Andy Garcia for the first time and led to a wonderful relationship and the rebirth of Cachao's career through several beautiful CDs and the great documentary, Como Su Ritmo No Hay Dos, produced by Andy. I wrote the tribute below to accompany the film, not realizing it would be an obituary. Yoshi's are continuing with the concerts in April as a tribute to el maestro.

“One of the Greatest Artists of All Time”

In the formidable legacy of Cuban music, no one is more important than quintessential bassist, Israel `Cachao' López.            
           Born in 1918 into a family of highly respected, classically trained musicians and maestros, he became their most celebrated son. Raised in Havana in the same house where legendary patriot, poet and revolutionary Jose Martí was born, .Cachao would revolutionize the heart of Cuban music.
         Few, if any, 20th century musicians or composers have had the impact in their respective fields as Cachao. He is widely known as a pioneer in the concept of the exciting descarga Cubana (Cuban jam session) that brought a high level of spontaneous improvisation into a 150-year-old tradition of Cuban dance music, and directed much attention to the rhythm section of bass, tumbadoras (conga drums), timbales, bongos, and guiro (gourd scraper).
         But his innovations in the Cuban dance music known as danzón, particularly within the charanga format (strings, flute, acoustic piano, contrabass, and percussion) are what he considers most important and where his largest contributions can be felt.
         By the later half of the 1930s before his 20th birthday, he and his older brother Orestes were playing and composing for La Orquesta Maravilla de Fernando Collazo, one of the most popular and professional charanga orchestras in Havana. Towards the end of the decade, the orchestra continued under the directorship of flautist, Antonio Arcaño, becoming one of the most influential charangas of all time.
         While playing bass in this orchestra (and simultaneously holding down the principal bass chair in the Havana Symphony), Cachao and Orestes developed the danzón de nuevo ritmo, precursor of the world-renowned mambo that was to become an international phenomenon almost a decade later.
         Today those innovations are as relevant as ever, providing much of the basis for contemporary Latin Jazz and Salsa. The role of the bass in Cuban music is paramount. The best bassists in this genre must have impeccable timing, intonation, and harmonic/melodic sense. Cachao's position at the top of the hierarchy was honed from incessant classical conservatory training and experience in the theatre, opera, and 30 years in the Havana Symphony under the direction of all the legendary conductors of the day from Europe and the New World. He accompanied Caruso, Tebaldi and Gardel among hosts of others. Add to this his love of the popular Afro-Cuban forms such as son and rumba that he played extensively from the beginning, and you see why he is the standard bearer.
       Throughout history, there have been great composers, ingenious arrangers, virtuoso instrumentalists, highly respected classical players, and beloved interpreters of popular music forms. But you'll have a difficult time coming up with another name besides that of Israel `Cachao' López that can rightfully claim all these accolades.
         He is recognized and loved throughout the world. I had the honor of touring with him as his bongo player in the early-mid nineties and I'll never forget the hair-raising, extended standing ovation he received each time he walked on stage—before he ever played a single note—in Paris, Barcelona, Madrid, The Hague, and other European cities. Underlying his consummate professorial demeanor, he is a sage and poker-faced philosopher in the tradition of the African griot. He emphasizes that musicians must study and aspire towards real professionalism, which he sums up like this, "If I have appendicitis, don't look at my tonsils!"
         This film is a glimpse into maestro Cachao's music, world and legacy, revealing the warmth, humor and humility that have been his trademark for nine decades. He owned the 20th century and amazingly, he hit the 21st running, releasing several CDs and touring in Europe, South America, and the US since the turn of this century. He will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the greatest artists of all time.
   Long live Papa Mambo—Israel López—CACHAO!!                            John Santos, Historian/Percussionist  

Best of London Salsa: Join Our Virtual Salsa Band

PLAY THAT AIR CONGA AGAIN, SAM

There’s no better way of taking your dancing to the next level than developing a sharper ear for Latin music. And one way of getting some free private lessons and demos from some of the best musicians around is logging onto utube. 

           There’s a whole virtual teach yourself guide to salsa music out there that you can pick up any time you like.
           Utube has shedloads of real cool clips of Latin musicians playing their instruments, in the zone, playing like song birds - you actually get to see what individual salsa instruments look like and how they’re played.
           So join a virtual salsa crew and lay down some mean improvised air conga!
           Here’s a few clips I liked:
UTUBE’s TEACH YOURSELF GUIDE TO THE  OF FUNDAMENTALS OF LATIN MUSIC:
CLICK HERE FOR CONGA LESSON WITH
PONCHO SANCHEZ
CLICK HERE FOR A TIMBALES LESSON WITH PONCHO SANCHEZ
CLICK HERE To hear Jorge Gonzalez on bongos, cowbell and guiro
CLICK HERE for Armando Peraza solos on congas and bongos
CLICK HERE FOR TEN TIMBALES LESSONS
WITH DANIEL PERALTA - Learn to play styles on the timbales, including: basic cascara, tumbao, guaguanco and pop.
CLICK HERE FOR LESSONS IN PLAYING TIMBALES
CLICK HERE - Sergio Cardozo demonstrates a cool transition from Timbales with two handed cascara to the cowbell. Then incorporates the drums.          
                
Right: Tito Puento - King of the Timbales

COWBELL BONGO RIDE - CLICK HERE - This one shows how to turn seemingly ordinary household objects into musical instruments
How to Play the Cowbell -
CLICK HERE - Play this one if you find you’re getting a bit too serious about your salsa...
Please email us if you find clips you like, and we’ll share with everybody! Ed.
London Salsa, Thursday July 5th 2007

Best of London Salsa: April News 2008

DJ Lubi’s Hot Tip: SHO at Jazz Cafe

NYC salsa dura meets hardcore London mambo with Spanish Harlem Orchestra AND Snowboy & The Latin Section at the Jazz Cafe, Camden Town, London on Friday 25th & Saturday 26th April, writes DJ Lubi.
         SHO early shows 9-11pm, Snowboy at midnight; DJ  on Friday 25th April is myself, and Saturday 26th April - Mike Chadwick, "the Jazz' radio station latin show host. Tickets and full info from
www.jazzcafelive.com

       Oscar D'Leon has his first UK gig in 4 years; he’s at the Roundhouse, London on 12th July. For more info see EVENTS under this date and check www.comono.co.uk   Remember, you heard it here first!
         "The Sun of Latin Music" Eddie Palmieri plays one exclusive UK gig at the Jazz Cafe on Wednesday March 5th. The piano maestro is still an explosive force but due to age and ill-health, is making less live appearances nowadays. If you haven't seen him before, then try catch this gig. He is one of the last remaining legends  of New York latin music's golden era - a veteran of the Palladium days of the 50s and a pioneer of salsa in the 60s and 70s. Info from
www.jazzcafelive.com  
       Ska Cubano are touring the UK in March to promote their new CD release "Ajiaco! The Remix Album" on Casino Sounds. The London show is part of Como No's annual La Linea Festival on 3rd April at Koko's in Camden Town. Full tour details from
www.skacubano.com and London gig details from www.comono.co.uk  
       In July, there are plans to bring Colombian salsa dura/mambo band La33 to the UK. 
So far, 5 gigs have been pencilled between 3rd and 13th July though by our update deadlines, nothing has been fully confirmed. If the dates happen, it should be huge due to La Pantera/Pink Panther Mambo being such a massive salsa hit in 2006/2007. Their latest album from last year, Gozando, was pretty heavy duty and topped the Colombian salsa charts for most of the autumn. Keep checking London Salsa Scene for more details.
 
                    DJ Lubi Jovanovic (Fania Records UK), www.myspace.com/djlubi
Hot and Spicy Photograph by: Miguel del Foto.
Call 07734 721983 to hire Miguel to cover your event!

SEE EVENTS under these dates for details. CLICK HERE TO COMMENT ON LUBI’s NEWS

LONDON SALSA: Top Salsa Star’s Mystery Tour

MIGUEL ENRIQUEZ TOURS THE UK

CUBAN ARTIST MIGUEL ENRIQUEZ Y SU SALSON (10 PIECE SALSA BAND) IS TO TOUR EUROPE FROM THURSDAY 3rd APRIL TO SUNDAY 20th JULY 2008, writes editor 27 April 08.
WE ARE CHASING THIS ONE BUT TOUR ORGANISERS HAVEN’T RESPONDED TO OUR EMAILS. IF YOU KNOW, GET IN TOUCH - WE WILL POST DETAILS HERE!
MIGUEL’S ALBUMS “SACALA SACALA” & “LOCO LOCO” HAVE RAISED A STORM, SEEING THESE GUYS LIVE IS ESSENTIAL.
THE EUROPEAN TOUR TAKES IN UK, HOLLAND - POLAND, GERMANY, FRANCE, SPAIN, GREECE AND ITALY.
www.miguelenriquez.com
email:
orularecords@interfree.it

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Best of London Salsa: Live Music 24 April 08

THE JUANES AND ONLY - HAMMERSMITH APOLLO, MONDAY 2ND JUNE 2008

LONDON SALSA SCENE RECOMMENDS: ,,,,,
Monday 2nd June 2008
Columbian born Super Star Juanes on a long awaited tour performs at the Hammersmith Apollo, Queen Caroline Street, London, W6 9QH. Winner of multiple Grammys, Juanes is a true Latin legend. Don't hesitate, see the master live. Tickets: £30.00, doors 6.30pm.
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London Salsa News: BIG FREE GIG IN LONDON 8 APRIL 08

GIRLFRIEND ALERT: PHEROMONES A G0-GO - CHARANGA HABANERA ARE BACK, 28 JUNE

LEAVE YOUR MAN BEHIND TO OGLE THE HOTTEST CUBAN EYE CANDY AROUND - CHARANGA HABANERA ARE BACK IN THE UK FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THREE YEARS for Carnival de Cuba, Southwark Park on Saturday June 28th and Sunday June 29th.
       We saw Charanga live at Floridita’s Best of the Cuban Music Awards in 2005. They packed the place out with so many pheromones there was only room for girls, 10 rows deep at the front. These guys are Cuba’s hottest export - one of the world’s all-time Cuban great Salsa-Timba bands, in the top three with Los Van Van & Manolito in our estimation AND they are hot totty, girlfriend.
       Last year 50,000 people turned out for Carnival de Cuba- London’s biggest celebration of Cuban music and dance, direct from Cuba. This year, with headliners Charanga Habanera, the turnout will be mad. The Latinos will be there, the Latinophiles will be there and the Ladies will be there, ogling and grooving.
       They are joined the island's reggaeton sensation, Eminencia Clasica & hip-hop star Telmary, plus UK-based Cuban reggaeton stars Papo Record and Kid Afrika & Osvaldo Chacon y su Timba and the hot new UK-based Cuban band Tumbao Tivoli. Photograph: Miguel del Foto,
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