Popularity of Maykel Blanco y su Salsa Mayor

#47
I must say I am shocked. This is first timba band where from 5 frontmen 2 can actually sing. They also trade places at keyboard.
LOL I am not going to take that as an insult to timba bands in general ;)

Which ones can sing in your opinion? I put videos in case you don't know who is who. Maykel really has too hoarse a voice but that doesn't stop him from singing :) As far as I know all 4 of the lead singers can actually sing.

Yordis?

Javier?

Kasanova?

Yunier "El Chino"? - couldn't find a live version of this song. Bands almost always do playback on Cuban TV.

Maykel's been doing the trading off on piano for a while. He used to do it with Alexis-David who is now with Charanga Habanera.
 
#48
LOL I am not going to take that as an insult to timba bands in general ;)

Which ones can sing in your opinion? I put videos in case you don't know who is who. Maykel really has too hoarse a voice but that doesn't stop him from singing :) As far as I know all 4 of the lead singers can actually sing.

Yordis?

Javier?

Kasanova?

Yunier "El Chino"? - couldn't find a live version of this song. Bands almost always do playback on Cuban TV.

Maykel's been doing the trading off on piano for a while. He used to do it with Alexis-David who is now with Charanga Habanera.
Take it as a compliment. From all half a dozen top timba bands I've seen, only Havana d primera and calle real had good singers. So this time I was pleasantly surprised.
On the downside, we also got maykel fonts singing and taking selfies on the stage.

I'm not against bad singing, it's just contrast to how good are instrumentalists in timba bands.
And most of the time they don't even try. They just do shoutouts and beg for applause. Like seriously, if they could move crowd, people would scream and clap and sing along.
 
#51
Top of the head, Manolito y su Trabuco, awesome band, bad singers, Adalberto Alvarez y su Son, nice singers, not really timbastic. Elio Reve y su Charangon, Puppy y something something.
I haven't seen Manolito since the Rodriguez brothers joined. You would have liked them better when Sixto Llorente "El Indio" was with them. Some people have a really hard time with Ricardo Amaray's singing and his R&B stylings.

I am curious about who the singers were when you saw the groups. Both Orquesta Revé and Pupy usually have good singers. And it's Pupy y los que son son :)
 
#52

Does that mean anything :D

Anyway I've different explanations, because some of these bands sounds ok in recordings. But live is live. So many things can go wrong. On another hand, if you have 4 singers.. I expect at least one to be able to sing, so Maykel Blanco band has it. Which is great. Timba lovers love this band for a reason. I'm just putting this out for salsa lovers - band is good, go see them if you have chance. For mambo lovers - dj plays downstairs, lol. Actually had to help some people in pain.
 
#53
Does that mean anything :D
I suppose it can mean more than 1 thing. the most obvious would be "those who are son" as a reference to the music. Although Pupy plays songo - based on son of course - but another way of looking at it would be something like "those who are, are" (while those who aren't, aren't) Kind of like if you've got it you've got it, if you don't you don't. I've never actually seen anywhere where Pupy talked about the meaning of the band name.
 
#54
Salsa Mayor feat Papucho on bass on one of my favorite songs.

EDIT: This is actually a "new" singer to me Altides Landa. So I am assuming he's one of the ones you thought could sing with SM @Smejmoon ?

EDIT 2: Oh in case people don't know Papucho is the bandleader of Papucho y Manana Club

EDIT 3: You can see Alfonso and Papucho taking turns on bass about halfway through.
 
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#55
Salsa Mayor feat Papucho on bass on one of my favorite songs.

EDIT: This is actually a "new" singer to me Altides Landa. So I am assuming he's one of the ones you thought could sing with SM @Smejmoon ?

EDIT 2: Oh in case people don't know Papucho is the bandleader of Papucho y Manana Club

EDIT 3: You can see Alfonso and Papucho taking turns on bass about halfway through.
Hmm.. don't you think band would sound better, if he would not have a microphone? ;)
 
#60
The videos did not help, but here I found a pictures. They switched from keyboard to singing. There was another keyboard player, but I did not hear him singing. And the pity horn players did not sing.
I think that's Kasanova on the piano. Maykel is of course the main piano player and has recently fancied himself also a lead singer :) And they have also had a keyboard player for many years. My ex-boyfriend was the keyboard player for Salsa Mayor for a couple of years.
 

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