Feeling con cajón DVD (EGREM)

Cuban label EGREM has a new DVD coming out called Feeling con cajón – the DVD presents a descarga (jam session) with various high-profile musicians of different genres and ages including 2019 CubaDisco award winner Emilio Frias (El Niño y la Verdad), along with musicians from Los Van Van, Los Que Son Son, Charanga Forever, and Isaac Delgado coming together with a selection of classic Cuban songs. Incredible video below. I’m keen to get my hands on a copy of this one. 
Feeling con Cajón

Arnaldo y su Talisman - El Almendron

This is not a new video – it’s from 2015 – but the song was on a CD of 2018 Cuban musica bailables hits I picked up in Cuba recently and I have grown to find it ridiculously catchy. Almendrons are Cuban slang here for the 1950s American cars that often now serve as collectivo taxis.
Arnaldo y su Talisman - El Almendron

A-Wing - Lo Que Anda

A more recent and super-slick regueton earworm from Cuban regueton artist A-Wing
A-Wing - Lo Que Anda

Featured Move
Cachan and Enchufla con rumba cachan

Here are two videos for one of the basic steps of rumba guaguanco known as cachan. The first video is a very clear explanation of the basic step, and the first video is a rueda de casino group doing a enchufla con rumba cachan figure 
Cachan step demo from Luigi Marchese
Rueda step Enchufla con rumba cachan from Cuban Vibes UK

Videos of a few workshops from the Festival Salsa Bachata Kizomba Quebec 2019

I was recently at the salsa festival in Quebec City and took videos of a few of the workhops. There were 5 workshops in total with Cuban dancer and instructor Yeni Molinet, I only got videos for three of them – those are here along with a bachata workshops with Marc and Rose from Detroit.
  • 1830 is open once again in Havana after renovations with casino rumba and son Tuesdays, casino and history Thursdays, casino and young timba Fridays, and Moncada and casino for all Sundays 
  • Sep 13-16 - Calle de Timberos in Wroclaw, Poland – impressive looking event with a concert by Barbaro Fines y su Mayimbe and lots of great teachers and workshops
  • 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
  • Feb 8-23 Rueda in Playa Del Carmen - very open-ended opportunity to do and learn rueda in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico with people from Boston Rueda
  • 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 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

In Montreal news

¡Dale! - Timba y rueda socials are starting up again for the season, once monthly starting September 21st. I’ve never been but am keen to check them out!

Halifax Events
  • Wed Sep 11- Free To Move classes start again for the season 
  • Thu Sep 12 - Haliente on the waterfront 
  • Fri Sep 13- Haliente at the studio
  • Andres Dauyon is once again offering beginner casino and rueda de casino classes time and location TBA - possibly moving to Brewster’s in Bedford on Monday nights
  • Sat Sep 14 - Son Latino Musica Cubana - at the Music Room, 7-9pm
  • Fri Sep 20 - Free To Move Social - with a salsa/bachata room and a kizomba room
  • Thu Oct 26 - Haliente Halloween Party - at the Haliente studio
That’s all for this week, thanks for reading!
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