Classic timba

#41
Today's discovery -- didn't realize that this awesome song was originally a Van Van piece:


These days people (myself included) are more familiar with the Yerba Buena version, which is also pretty great:


Discovered the 70s version while rocking out to this 100% amazing potpourri of 70s LVV hits (from Aqui El Que Baila Gana en vivo)

Yeah you may find alot of songs you like are civers of van van or adalberto alvarez
 
#42
Yeah you may find alot of songs you like are civers of van van or adalberto alvarez
Yeah, I know. . . it's kind of nice but sometimes also kind of disappointing, especially when you realize how many new hits are versions of old standbys. . . there's a lot of innovation and creativity in Cuban music but not quite as much as you assume at first glance!

There's also the related phenomenon of the countless musical and lyrics motifs that get repeated and pass from song to song and band to band, across genres. . . in a way that's part of the richness of the Cuban musical landscape, wonderful interconnectedness with people taking old motifs and hybridizing or retooling them. In another way, though, I think it can be a bit of a crutch.
 
#43
Charanga Habanera from 1998 after the initial break-up but before Michel Maza went to Charanga Forever. Too bad it's just playback, but still it's worth watching just to marvel at how horribly they dressed in those days. LOL

If any timba-dislikers are bothering to read this thread you may marvel to hear that when I first heard this song I was blown away and decided it was the most perfect song ever written. I listened to it obsessively for hours on end - literally
 
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Maybe timberamayor can help me out, but is that Roberto Hernandez singing lead vocal? Everytime I hear this song I always remember the local Casineros dancing on the Alki beach!! loved the line "Yo soy Van Van que le gustan la gente"
 
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#49

Maybe timberamayor can help me out, but is that Roberto Hernandez singing lead vocal? Everytime I hear this song I always remember the local Casineros dancing on the Alki beach!! loved the line "Yo soy Van Van que le gustan la gente"
yes indeed that is Robertón also known as El Guayacán. Great song from one of my favorite CDs
 
#50
I don't know if this song could be considered as timba, but that keyboard part on 1:50 gets me to delirium each time I hear it.

Great song and many consider it to be the first real timba.
Frome one of Kevi's articles "It shouldn't have been so surprising to Chucho that the 1972 dance crowd went berserk when they first heard this torrid track. Like La candela, it has a modern, aggressive, minor key aesthetic not previously heard in Cuban music but very essential to the timba of the 90s. Also like La candela, thebass tumbao transcends its traditional role. It follows the expected rhythmic template, but its broad, majestic melody and prominence in the arrangement elevates it from an accompaniment to a main theme which is later juxtaposed against the broad and powerful horn cuerpo."

this was the opening track to Juan de los Muertos and it was perfect.
 
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Noticed that a bunch of videos have been taken down so adding them again
papá changó - love it! Piano , horns, bass everything! Electrifying!
 
#55
Lola, Lola is gone too so here is the studio version and indeed the first time I heard it I thought it was the most perfect song ever an listened to it obsessively over and over - for hours.

 
#57
Ohhhh this thread is fun!
First timba song I fell in love with. Still my number 1 timba song, it exemplifies the spirit of timba for me. The piano tumbao which is played after the middle synth break down is one of the greatest piano parts ever, and its displaced resolve seems to have been the basis of charanga habaneras original keys player's style. Peruchin is the true timba piano master.
 

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