Havana timba group Manana Club y Papucho has a new video out for their song “La Especuladora de La Habana”, from their very solid recent album Pa Cualquiera. 
Manana Club y Papucho’s La Especuladora de La Habana

Featured Move

Enchufla con rumba

A rueda enchufla variation where after the enchufla, both partners do a rumba guaguanco. I’ve seen this done for either one 8 count or two – with one 8 count it was a basic rumba guaguanco step (with whatever flair you might want to add to the step), with two 8 counts it might include a vacunao with a kick or the hips etc.
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Con Sabor A Salsa demonstrate enchufla con rumba
  • 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 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
  • Adalberto Álvarez has announced his band will be hosting an event called “Del Son al Casino” - a regular Friday night engagement from the sounds of it – at the Salón Benny Moré of La Tropical in Havana. Aparently it will feature dance performances in various historical and current rhythms and styles, as well as social dancing 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
  • 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, class 6pm-7pm, dancing 7-9pm (kizomba after 9)
  • Wed July 3 - Son Latino - at Obladee Wine Bar until 11pm
  • Thu July 4 - Haliente - salsa/bachata/etc social at the waterfront, 8-10:30pm
  • 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
  • Thu Jul 25 - Augusto Enriquez - erstwhile singer with Cuban band Moncada is playing a free show at Compass Distillers. 7:30-10:30pm
That’s all for this week, thanks for reading!
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