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To'Mezclao new Album - Híbrid

Sep 09, 2009

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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."

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