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Alexander Abreu - Amor Falso

Ace trumpeter, singer, songwriter, bandleader and Habana D’Primera legend Alexander Abreu has a smooth new song and shot-in-Stockholm video out "Amor Falso" - check it out –
Alexander Abreu - Amor Falso

Alexander Abreu, Amor Falso

Los Van Van - Vamos a pasarla bien

Despite the loss of Juan Formell, Los Van Van continues on under the stewardship of son Samuel Formell. The produced the solid album Legado recently with a great remake of Van Van classic Amiga Mia, as well as this excellent song. Here’s a brand new video for the song, shot in Colombia, have a look –
Alexander Abreu - Amor Falso

Alexander Abreu, Amor Falso

In other music related news:
  • La-33 has a new single and video out, "La Vendedor"
  • This is a bit off topic, but I think that Layle this is one of the finest songs Omar Souleyman has ever released. If it wasn’t seven minutes long I could see people dancing merengue to this one! If you’re not familiar, he’s a Syrian singer who has become legendary worldwide for the incredible energy of his music and the mind-bending electronic music that his keyboard guy is doing
  • A new reparto regueton single that I found strong, La Yuma Partia
Featured Dance and Rhythm

Mozambique

After the revolution of 1953-58, Cuba didn’t release a lot of records, and there wasn’t a lot of exposure to what was happening in Cuba. Music and dance marched onwards, of course, with lots of new sounds and dance trends developing including Pacho Alonso’s pilon, Juan Formell’s changui 68 and later songo, the fusion of Irakere, modernized son and eventually timba, Cubaton and so on... 

Another of those new sounds was mozambique, introduced around 1963 by Pello al Afrikan – aka Pedro Izquierdo. Mozambique is said to have been derived from and inspired by carnival comparsa music, and/or maybe a synthesis of Afrocuban rhythms. The overall effect of the music is easily approachable and fun, and the dance is also straightforward.

Mozambique spent its time in the limelight, making waves in Cuba and Paris, and it was coopted in name but changed completely in New York by Eddie Palmieri, Its fortunes fell after 1965 but as a part of Cuban musical and dance history it is worthwhile knowing on the off change that you hear a song based on mozambique, or want to incorporate it into timba dancing. 
Cuban Mozambique workshop
Mozambique workshop video from CubaFest 2013
Some other mozambique links:
Events
  • Nov 7-10 - Havana en Belgrado - in Belgrade, Serbia - short event but with an extremely impressive roster of teachers including Jennyselt Galata Calvo, FredyClan and other illustrious names in Cuban dance, as well as concerts by Maykel Blanco with Mayito Rivera and 2019 Cuba Disco winners El Niño y la Verdad. 
  • Nov 17-22 - Baile en Cuba – 6 days of workshops and concerts in Havana, with an unbelievable lineup of bands: Van Van, Septeto Santiaguero, Pupy, Adalberto Alvarez, Manolito Simonet, Haila, Maykel Blanco, Alan Daniel, Elito Revé, Havana D'Primera and Los 4. Includes 22 hours of classes at all levels with instructors from the top national schools of the arts ...
  • Dec 7-8 - Casino Festival Barcelona - 2 days of workshops and parties in Barcelona
  • Jan 4-12 - 7 days in Habana - $950 USD package tour includes dance instruction, clubs, activities, transportation to activities, airport transfers, accommodation, breakfast, dinner etc – put together by Julio Montero from Casino Tradicional
  • Feb 8-23Rueda in Playa Del Carmen - very open-ended opportunity to do and learn rueda in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico with people from Boston Rueda
  • Feb 25 - Mar 3 - Festival de la Salsa En Cuba - 5th edition of the Havana salsa festival that Maykel Blanco organizes. Workshops with dance Cuban dance superstars Maykel Fonts and Jenyselt Galata Calvo and concerts from a literal who’s who of Cuban timba plus an as yet unnamed international artist - I will be in Havana at this time with friends and am excited that this festival is going to be on – if you’d like to join us, get in touch!
  • Feb 13-16 - Salsa Rueda Festival - in San Francisco. The 2020 schedule is not up yet but you can see from the 2019 schedule that it will be an impressive program
  • Mar 7-15 -  7 days in Habana - $950 USD package tour includes dance instruction, clubs, activities, transportation to activities, airport transfers, accommodation, breakfast, dinner etc – put together by Julio Montero from Casino Tradicional
  • Mar 15-27  - 10 days across Cuba - $1150 USD package tour includes dance instruction, clubs, activities, transportation to activities, airport transfers, accommodation, breakfast, dinner etc – put together by Julio Montero from Casino Tradicional
  • Mar 29-Apr 5 2020 - Havana Dance Experience 2020 - Group from Halifax, NS going to Cuba for private classes and dancing. $1349 fixed price includes accommodations, breakfast, a SIM card, classes and taxi dancers as well as some daytime activities. Airfare, transportation and admission to dance clubs not included.  
  • Apr 20-26 2020 - Ritmo Cuba – includes 7 days of workshops and classes (30 hours of classes I believe, with four tracks to choose from), tours, a pool party, a beach party, as well as admission every night to the best clubs in the city with top bands in Cuba
  • May 29-31 2020Rueda Fest - in Brighton UK - has some intriguing workshops on rueda in all kinds of funky formations and more
  • Jun 20-28 7 days in Santiago - $950 USD package tour includes dance instruction, clubs, activities, transportation to activities, airport transfers, accommodation, breakfast, dinner etc – put together by Julio Montero from Casino Tradicional
Halifax Events
  • Thu Oct 23 - 1313 Hollis - 1313 – DJ Luis – 9-11pm, $3 – Dominican sounds!
  • Sat Oct 26 - Haliente Halloween Party - at the Haliente studio, doors at 7:30, two floors, a bar, DJ Junior, classes, etc. 
  • Tue Oct 29 - Salsa at Brewsters - mellow social dancing night with salsa, tango, cha-cha, bachata, etc. 
  • Thu Oct 31 - 1313 Hollis - White/Glow Halloween Party – 9-11pm, $3, Latino dancing social Halloween party with a glow paint booth - wear white if you have it!
  • Nov 2 - Día de los Muertos with Son Latino - 9pm-1am at Monte’s Show Bar, $10
  • Nov 6 - Son Latino at Obladee - their usual monthly gig at Obladee 
That’s all for this week, thanks for reading!
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