Maykel Blanco y Su Salsa Mayor with Fredy Clan – El Palo

Maykel Blanco has a new single out, “El Palo’ – a collaboration with dancer and musician Fredy Clan that you might know from the song “Yo Vengo De Cuba”. It’s a solid track, if not quite as catchy as the finest tracks off of recent Maykel Blanco full-length Que Tiene Que Te Mueuve.
Maykel Blanco y su Salsa Mayor and Fredy Clan - El Palo

Featured Move

Vacila (or Vacilala)

Vacila, also known as vacilala, is one of the fundamental figures in Cuban salsa casino, and other moves are variations on this basic concept. From a guapea, on the 1 the lead with their left hand gives the follow a pull towards the lead on the follows right  hand. The follow then walks around the lead while also executing two turns. The couple then end up in a dile que no position.
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Dance Papi demonstrate vacila
  • June 24-July 1- Croatian Summer Salsa Festival - 5 days of workshops, parties, concerts, cruises and more - big names in music and dance such as Alexander Abreu, Jimmy Bosch, Maykel Fonts, etc
  • July 5-8 - Mamboland festival in Montreal, Quebec
  • 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
Some intriguing events in Cuba  this summer
  • The Asocosalsa group from Venezuela is organizing concerts June 28-30 featuring Van Van, Pedrito Calvo, Manolito Simonent, Isaac Delgado , Maykel Blanco, Klimax, Mayito Rivera, Haila, Alexander Abreu, and more
  • The First International Timba Festival August 2-4 in Havana featuring a stellar lineup including Azucar Negra, El Nino y la Verdad, Bamboleo, Pachito Alonso y sus Kini Kini, Klimax, Havana de Primera, Adalberto Alvarez, Issac Delgado, Pupy y Los que son son, NG La Banda, Manolito Simonent, Maykel Blanco, Van Van and more
  • The second Varadero Josone Jazz & Son Festival is coming to Varadero from August 22-25 featuring big names like Van Van, Adalberto Alvarez, Pupy y Los Que Son Son, Paul FG, Manolito Simonent, Havana de Primera, Alain Perez, Halia, Buena Fe, El Chacal, and more
A few Montreal concerts for fans of Cuban music
  • July 13 - Laritza Baccalo at The Belmont in Montreal - Laritza Baccalo brings her infectious Cuban pop to an intimate Montreal venue
  • Aug 13 - Alain Pérez is playing La Tulipe in Montreal - they also have dates at festivals in Chicoutimi and Gaspé – direct from Havana Cuba, this is an artist worth traveling for!
Of interest to our Halifax readers
  • Thu June 27 - Haliente on the Waterfront 8:30pm - 10:30pm
  • Sat June 29 - Latin Night Live - Marcel Amores and Plan Ashé are at the Fickle Frog
  • Sat June 29 - Haliente Second Studio Grand Opening 7:30pm-1am - a mix of performance/class/dancing, bachata, afrobeats, salsa, etc.
  • Wed July 3 - Free To Move on the Waterfront – Free To Move socials are back on the waterfront for July and August, starting Wednesday July 3rd, 6pm-10:30pm
  • Fri July 12 - Sheila E - timbalero and Prince alumni Sheila E brings a little bit of the glamorous life to the Halifax Jazz Fest
  • Sat July 13 - Pedrito Martinez at Halifax Jazz Fest – not to be missed – this Cuba-via-New York conguero, singer and bandleader should be spectacular
That’s all for this week, thanks for reading!
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