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Music Notes

I will have to check these out this weekend.

maderalimpiaMadera Limpia

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=103328348&ft=1&f=10004

Madera Limpia’s music is all about keeping faith under trying circumstances. The “corona,” or crown, in the album’s title refers to a crown of dignity. The band’s sound dignifies the history of Cuban music, referencing everything from salsa to traditional, African-derived drumming. But it’s always with a modern twist: The rowdy spirit of dancehall, reggaeton and hip-hop is ubiquitou

Omar Sosa
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=102876397&ft=1&f=10004

Jazz pianist, composer and bandleader Omar Sosa’s soul lies in his unique blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms. But within his poetic, swirling performances, you may encounter whiffs of everyone from Tchaikovsky to Bud Powell to Brian Eno. Sosa and his eclectic group of musicians combine electronic loops, found sound, children’s toys and African and Middle Eastern instruments, all tastefully employed to create a colorful fabric of sound.

Eva Ayllon
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=103169173&ft=1&f=10004

Eva Ayllon performing Toro Mata

Eva Ayllon is sometimes called Peru’s Tina Turner. Her 30-year career has taken her in many musical directions, but she remains best known for her renditions of Afro-Peruvian music. That’s a style that emerged in 1950s Lima, hand in hand with the notion of “black pride.”

Afro-Peruvian music has complex, sensual rhythms. Its instrumentation is spare, originally just nylon-string guitar, bass and a wooden box called cajon. When it started getting outside attention in the mid-’90s, it felt new. The music’s lean architecture and introspective mood differentiated it from the likes of salsa and merengue.

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Elio Reve

There are 2, actually, Sr and Jr. Some music from Cuba for the dancers.
Rather than bore you with info (and have to do research) I will point you in the direction of Timba.com.
http://www.timba.com/artists/reve/index.asp


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Celia Cruz

Ceila
http://www.sun-sentinel.com/features/lifestyle/sfl-arts0301queensbmar01,0,3102389.story

Her reign as the queen of salsa, surrounded by some of the most important 1970s-era figures of the genre, is the identity that Cuban-American directors Joe Cardona and Mario de Varona intended to rediscover by making Celia the Queen.

The 86-minute documentary, which presents Cruz as far more than the cliche of the lively performer who never missed a chance to yell out “¡Azúcar!” — “Sugar!” — makes its South Florida debut Saturday as part of the Miami International Film Festival.

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