Mambo City 5 Stars 2017

Discussion in 'Member Reviews' started by Tomm, May 2, 2017.

  1. Tomm

    Tomm Tumbao

    Genral: Rather small congress ( compared to Berlin, Zürich, Warsaw)

    The Hotel was nice, well organised...

    There was only 1 Bar serving Rum, and It was in the Kizomba room downstairs
    self serving free tap water was Awesome!
    It took maybe 3 minutes to get my wristband on Friday evening

    Mambo/salsa room was way too small for my taste. Only danced there at the begining of the night or after 4am.
    Cuban/Romantica was ok , but since it was a mix beween casino and Linear style it was difficult to navigate the dancefloor.
    Bachata Room was very small, I've onyl danced liked 3 times and it was ok spacewise..Maybe I was just lucky, the air in the room was terrible and I was way to hot in there, same for the Kiz room
    Kizomba floor, seemd mostly full when I had to move truh it to get to the bar

    Mambo/salsa/cuba/Bachata room : Portable wooden floor over carpet, not my preffered floor but ok i guess
    Kizomba: Stonetiles

    Cuban room was ok, not alot of Salsaton which is fine by me , some nice timba, not a lot or none at all of pure rumba'ish, lots of marc Anthony, and I think "es tu mirada" won the "most played tune" with around 8 times the whole weekend.

    Salsa/Mambo room: When I was there i mostly liked the music, I think they played more well know songs then at other Congresses, but It might just be that I start to know more songs :) my friends liked the music as well and they spent more time in the mamboroom

    Cannot comment on the Kiz and bachata room

    Concert, It was a bit too loud and I was not a fan of the singer, but I still greaty enjoyed it

    Shows: Didnt see any, but I was nice that they started at 9 so by 11 the mambo room was almost ready :)
    Cuban/Romantica room was open during the shows.

    I enjoyed almost all my dances, The people were extremy friendly and welcoming ; ive never been asked to dance so often, and I never dared to ask so freely myself.
    One negative point was that In the cuban room only very few actually danced some kind of casino/cuban salsa. I myself mix Casino with Linear elements , but Ive never seen so much strict linear dancing to Timba befor. It gives me a headache to dance linear style to "esto te pone la cabeza mala" :)

    It was a completly different experience then for example Warsaw. London is more beginner friendly. I just wished the mambo floor was bigger or I was easier to travel around the room. But all in all I enjoyed the congress a lot, gave me an ego boost.
    wol, UchimaSalsa and DJ Yuca like this.
  2. DJ Yuca

    DJ Yuca El Sabroso de Conguero

    You're a lead aren't you?

    Your comments about linear salsa and timba being incompatible are interesting. Some believe the 2 can work but I'm also dubious.
  3. Tomm

    Tomm Tumbao

    mhh I dont know I guess my linear repetoir is just not yet good enough to cope with the hight energy of some of the timba tracks.... Iam also lost in Salsa when there is a longer timbales solo :)

    Its probably more of a personal thing, I learned cuban first and went to cuban parties where more timba style was played, so its more natural for me to dance casino to it... almost all the songs Ive heard regulary while only dancing casino i have a preference for Casino, this includes also Salsa that has been played at cuban parties like for example the song "me libere" by el gran Combo.
  4. DJ Yuca

    DJ Yuca El Sabroso de Conguero

    To clarify: I believe anyone should be able to dance however they want (within reason), but I do think casino is the most natural fit for timba.
  5. sunsoul

    sunsoul Shine Officer

    Good, informative review.

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