Album: Que Tiene Que Te Mueve
Maykel Blanco y su Salsa Mayor
I’ve been a fan of Maykel Blanco since seeing them rock Havana’s Revolution Square at Delirio Piano Bar in Habana many moons ago and was ecstatic to see them play an unbelievable matinee at the Casa De Musica Miramar recently. Needlessly to say, I was excited to hear about this new release. For fans of salsa and timba it should be considered essential listening. It’s `all killer no filler` but there are songs that stand out as instant classics, including Ya Tu No Coronas, the title track Que Tiene Que Te Meueve that I recall was a particularly incendiary live number at their matinee, the rumba-inflected La Cafetera – a challenging dance number for the yumas in the room, and, closing out the album, Ya Se Acabó. Strong songwriting, strong grooves, and quality production makes this as an indispensable contribution to the canon of Cuban timba in my estimation, and my personal favorite release of 2019 thus far.

In other music news Alain Perez, Alexander Abreu and Mayito Rivera have just released a new album, A Romper El Coco, paying tribute to some of the great musical ensembles and composers in Cuban history. I’m listening to it as I write this and it sounds phenomenal.
Featured Move
El Dos
El Dos is a straightforward cuban salsa casino figure that combines two other figures – el uno and sombrero. From an open position, the lead switches hands, taking the follows right hand with their right hand and then walks behind the lead where they do the second bar of  a side-to-side basic step, the lead then lowers their right hand over the follow to step around in front of the lead for a side-to-side basic step, and then end it with a sombrero.
View this move
El Dos - Salsa Cubana!
Dance Papi demonstrate El Dos
Events Of interest to our Halifax readers
  • Thursday May 14 – DJ Al - 1313 Hollis - 9-11pm $3
  • Friday May 15 - Free To Move, Salsa/Bachata Room and Kizomba Room 8:30-12:30 (class at 8:30, social at 9:30)
  • Friday May 31 - Son Latino plays two sets of Buena Vista Social Club plus a third-set of other  classics and recent chart-toppers at the Carleton $15 adv $20 door, 8:30-11:30pm
That’s all for this week, thanks for reading!
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