Tumi Music News
Otoqui Reyes with his group "Hijos de Agueybana", Agua del Sol
The group Hijos de Agueybana directed by Otoqui Reyes consists of eight artists, all committed to preserving their Afro-Caribbean roots. The group has over ten years experience both of performing and offering workshops and courses on the historical and cultural significance of the genre of bomba. They have presented their dance and music to both national and international audiences across the Americas. In the Caribbean the African drum is central to cultural identity creating harmony, solidarity and leadership in both the music itself and the musicians who perform it, helping maintain social structure in communities and villages all over the Island.
In this, their first musical production, Otoqui Reyes, in collaboration with other great artists Cristi Mangual, Andy Montañez and Tony mapeyé creates a flavour unique to Puerto Rico. The drum or tambor Barril-Primo is played by Ángel Luis Reyes and Otoqui Reyes, revelling in its traditional rhythm whilst also integrating with other popular rhythms such as salsa and jazz, and electronic instrumentation such as indigenous-environmental "Lounge". This creative collaboration is achieved by quality musicians such as: Luis Rosa, Tony Gonzalez and Ricky Torres, committed to creating art and music out of their rich culture. Complementary to the main drums come the second smaller ones which are played by Ramon Vazquez and Papo Aguilú together Jose Alicea, and Maraca. The harmony produced in several layers of drumming is accompanied by the joyful voices of Naomi Vasquez, Minerva Rosa and Quique Hernández.
Everything builds together in this production, like a big street party full of dance, culture and tradition – a great and tasty celebration of life!
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.
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)
To'Mezclao new Album - Híbrid
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