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Here you will find our recommendations for music, places to go, events, thoughts on dancing and anything else we think might be of interest
Nov
03

Song of The Week - Celeste, Johnny "El Bravo" Lopez

This week our song of the week is a tribute to another great Puerto Rican artist – Johnny “El Bravo” Lopez.

 

Born in San Juan , Puerto Rico, he began his career in 1962 and in 1967 Johnny “El Bravo” made ​​his first appearance in The Bronx Casino Club New York. “El Bravo” and his Super Combo could bring the atmosphere on the dance floor to a boil at will with their fiery guarachas.

 

“Celeste” is an amazing piece that is not often played at the socials, but when it does happen it can inspire such a surge of raw energy on the dance floor that you might get your soles burning!

In his own words, Johnny ‘s all-time goal was to make music for the people to make people dance, which is what you are sure to want to do when you hear this gem!

 

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Oct
13

SONG OF THE WEEK - TAKE FIVE, TITO PUENTE

"Re-workings work"!! And it's about time I featured the most famous and arguably greatest Latin musician of all time, the undeniable legend that was Tito Puente!

 

My selection this week is an amazing re-working, and arguable a more danceable version, of the original Brubeck-Desmond song by the Mambo King himself.

 

With a recalling of the beautiful sax solo by the great Mario Rivera and containing probably the most powerful and trance inducing timbales section I've ever heard (just watch Tito Puente's face in this video clip!!), it makes this Latin jazz Mambo one of the great masterpieces of Latin music. 

 

I give you... the Mambo King TITO PUENTE with "TAKE FIVE"! :D

 

 

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Sep
15

SONG OF THE WEEK - HAITIAN LADY, WILLIE BOBO

For my selection this week, I've chosen a latin instrumental groove and real favourite of mine in this genre. It has also been used for performance shows by great dancers such as Sekou and Magna.

 

I give you... WILLIE BOBO with "HAITIAN LADY"! :D

 

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Jun
09

SONG OF THE WEEK - VENTE NEGRA, HABANA CON KOLA

For my selection this week, I've chosen a real summer latin groove and personal favourite of mine in latin and salsa music. I give you... HABANA CON KOLA with "VENTE NEGRA"! :D

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Jun
02

SONG OF THE WEEK - ALLEGRIA, FANIA ALL STARS

I'm still buzzing after an amazing weekend at Berlin Salsa Convention where the Caramelo team did an amazing job and got the 1st and 3rd places in the student team competition! Many thanks to Jens and team for the wonderful organisation and for taking good care of our whole team, we cant wait to be back next year!!

Absolutely loved the event and really enjoyed playing on Friday and Saturday nights. There were so many people asking for the names of the songs, so I thought I would share one of the gems I played this weekend, which is one of the staples in my collection: Allegria by Fania All Stars. Have an amazing week everyone!

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