Tumi Music News
To'Mezclao new Album - Híbrid
Cuba's Latest Sensational group To'Mezclao's latest album released by Tumi! This production brings together a melting pot of genres from Cuba, Latin America and influences from Western popular music, creating a sound which will blend seamlessly into contemporary Cuba and beyond.
The birth of To’Mezclao has become Cuba's great musical sensation! The individual charisma and talent of the members combined with the freshness of their arrangements, lyrics and rhythms captures diverse audiences and presents them as one band that has it all! Check out page 3 at Songlines March 2009 edition
Preview by Sue Steward, May 2008
"To’Mezclao (All mixed up) - that’s a pretty apt description for this new Cuban sensation, the Havana-based band which pulls in musical styles from across the island and far into Latin America’s salsa lands. And like all young Cuban musical cocktail mixers, they have at their disposal three decade’s worth of fantastic dance music (from Los Van Van and timba to the current explosion of hiphop and reggaeton). A vibrant 7-piece, it’s fronted by lead singer Yoandri Castro – aka El Conejo, who flaunts his energetic good looks and flashing eyes like a young Ricky Martin, sending tremors through the arm-waving females fronting every concert.
To’Mezclao is great pop, sexy pop, pop made by stars in the making. But this being Cuba, it’s also sophisticated, well produced and irresistible danceable music. Just listen to the solos scattered through the album - the keyboards player, Yusi González (“Yo-osi”, croons El Conejo, as she slides into a sparkling improvsation) and Yonaiky González breathing silvery flute riffs into the band’s brassy mix. The catchy “La consentida” exploits the topicality of Colombian cumbia but otherwise the set is dominated by Cuban rhythms which lure dancers to the floor. Fleeting appearances by La Crema, the soulful singer fresh from a three-year stint with the great Candido Fabre, mixes perfectly with El Conejo’s timba-bounced style. To’Mezclao brings a fresh new energy to the already vibrant Havana scene.
This production is a melting pot of musical genres from Cuba and Latin America (including cumbia from Colombia, merengue and bachata from the Dominican Republic, and the massively popular pan-Latino reggae fusion called reggaeton) combined with influences from Western popular music. All come together in a sound which blends seamlessly into contemporary Cuba and beyond."
For more information on band, please visit www.tomezclao.com
Sin Limite by Candido Fabre Jr.
Reggaeton blends musical influences of Jamaican dancehall and Trinidadian soca with those of Latin America, such as salsa, bomba, Latin American hip hop, and electronica. Vocals include rapping and singing, typically in Spanish. Lyrics tend to be derived from hip hop. In this, his debut album , El Travieso (Candido Fabre Jr.), accompanied by his father Candido Fabre Sr. and friends, produces some of the finest dance music coming out of the Island.
Alejandro Almenares' new album Casa De Trova
Alejandro Enis Almenares Born in Santiago de Cuba 24th May 1937 is perhaps the last of the Troubadours of the golden age of Trova in Cuba.
Feverson's new album Soneros de Siempre
With over 100 performance throughout the island each year, Feverson maintains a repertoire including all the Latin and Caribbean rhythms such as Son, Guaracha, Salsa, Conga, Timba, Cumbia, Bolero, Merengue , Vallenato and others.
Launch of Music Download site: www.latinmusicdownloads.com
It is now 30 years since I started my first Latin music recording for my company Tumi Music here in the UK. During this time I have travelled hundreds of times between the UK and countries all over Latin America, in particular to Cuba, Brazil and the Andean countries and recorded over 200 CDs of all genres and styles.
Otoqui Reyes with his group "Hijos de Agueybana", Agua del Sol
La Bomba is one of the main Puerto Rican musical genres with cultural influences from West Africa, Tainos, Spain as well as other Caribbean islands. Bomba is described as a dialogue between dancer and drummer and is a dance of extreme elegance and deliberate steps. " Hijos de Agüeybaná" (Children of Agüeybaná) is the ambassador of this genre of Puerto Rican music today. Although they mix Bomba with other genres such as Salsa, and Jazz, they never lose sight of its indigenous African roots.
David Álvarez's new album "Clandestino"
David Álvarez offers a cache of the bold, confessional songs of a modern troubadour For this "dream finally realised" he brings together songs composed trova style in homage to his birthplace of Manzanillo, the region of Cuba with the strongest trova tradition, his tierra where his roots go deep. Versed in poetry these uncensored stories of the joys and trammels of love add laúd and Cuban tres guitar, to place their Caribbean core within a serenading Mediterranean sensibility, creating a modern renaissance ambience. Romance and love do not come easy, yet life remains joyful - was it not ever so...!
Domingo Candelario début album "Soho"
Singer/song writer Domingo Candelario was born in the heart of La Havana, Cuba. As a child he was greatly influenced and inspired by the Brazilian music that his parents listened to. He went on to develop his own unique style within the “Nueva Trova” movement which began in the late ‘60s and has its roots in traditional Cuban folk music, incorporating progressive and often politicized lyrics.
Yusa's new website
"Look out for this outstanding new talent as she'll be a big name on the scene for years to come" The phat planet, 2003 And how true it was... Yusa has been one of the success stories of Tumi looking for unknown talents. Today some 10 years later Yusa has released three CD’s, one D.V.D. (live at Ronnie Scott’s) and toured the world. She is currently touring Latin America.
El Boom Boom - winner of Cuba Disco 2010
Cubadisco International Fair, founded in 1997 and organized by the Cuban Music Institute, is the most important event of the Cuban Music Industry and it constitutes a preferential space to expose the main achievements of Cuban Music, to appreciate a luxurious musical programming with special performances by Cuban and foreign artists, to promote the carrying out of tributes and to present national and international awards to important personalities from Cuban and Universal culture. In this XIII edition of Cubadisco, which was held from May 15 to 23, 2010, among many artists the new Tumi release El Boom Boom won the best Cubadisco 2010 in its Category
Josef Koumbas' new Album - Waiting…
Waiting… Waiting is Josef's second release, a melting pot of Jazz with a twist of Jazz, Fusion, Latin Jazz, Blues and Rock. Produced by Alexis Bosch Méndez with the help of some of Cubans legendray figures; Roberto Carcasés - José Ernesto Hermida - Pablo Calzado - Ramsés Rodríguez - Osnel Rodríguez Otero - Emili Martini - César Lozada - César López - Orlando Sánchez (CubaJazz) - Carlos Manuel Millares - Orlando Valle (Maraca) - Robin Félix Martínez - Amaury Pérez - Sexto Sentido - Javier Ardericuza - Emilio del Monte
To'Mezclao UK Tour
"You'll hear everything from cumbia, meringue and salsa to hip-hop, funk and reggaeton. It never loses sight of the band's Cuban roots, although it is delivered with a pop sensibility that keeps things catchy and punchy without ever being formulaic. The opening merengue "Aqui Todo Ya Esta Inventao" is a perfectly formed three-minute hit. "Quiero Olividarla" should do for salsa sessions what the beats-heavy "Cuando Pasa El Tiempo" does for club dance floors. Someone get them an international tour, quick." - Jane Cornwell (Songlines March 2009)