Havana Secret with Loly Moreno ( NG La Banda )
Los Angeles' own Havana Secret was formed to pay tribute to the "Queen of
Salsa", Celia Cruz. Featuring members from Mrs Cruz's last west coast
orchestra as well as Cuba's most legendary dance bands, the group has
created fresh arrangements of Celia's biggest hits unders the musical
direction of Maestro Luis Eric Gonzalez.
In addition to their former duties with Celia Cruz, Havana Secret's
members have performed with NG La Banda, Orlando "Maraca" Valle & the New
Collective, Grupo Niche, Elito Reve y Su Charangon, Conjunto Rumbavana,
Santana, Jennifer Lopez, Juan Gabriel, Joan Sebastian, Gloria Trevi .
The Boogaloo Assassins' mission is simple: bring la gente a funky good time, Latin-soul style. Formed in Los Angeles in 2007, the Boogaloo Assassins are the West Coast's modern answer to New York City's Latin music explosion of the late 1960s. Heavily indebted to the classic sounds of Spanish Harlem, Los Asesinos serve up their own late 1960's style salsa and "Latin Boogaloo", best described as a raucous fusion of American R&B with Cuban rhythms, sung in both English and Spanish. Perfect dance music for a Friday night, the Assassins are known throughout Los Angeles/OC for their packed, high-energy live shows.
Boogaloo Assassins long-awaited debut CD "Old Love Dies Hard" is 7 cuts of old-meets-new salsa, boogaloo, and Latin-soul. Taking inspiration from groundbreaking artists of NYC's latin music explosion of the 1960′s, "Old Love Dies Hard" reinterprets and creates classic Latin dance music perfect for today's dancefloor. Singles such as "Mi Jeva" (featured in feature film Celeste and Jesse Forever) "No No No" (a classic reimagining of the blues/reggae classic) and straight-latin-Boogaloo-meets-the-Beach-Boys romp "Do You Wanna Dance" are 3 of the disc's highlights. Sample the music here: (link to store page)
Style: Boogaloo Assassins music is inspired by Latin Boogaloo, Latin Soul, Salsa, Latin Funk, Guajira, Cha-Cha, Pachanga, Son Montuno y mucho mas.
Playing Cuban roots music straight outta of East LA, Changüí Majadero is a
blazing five-piece band that has honed a deeply informed and highly
personal take on changüí, a surging Afro-Cuban musical tradition that took
shape in the late 19th century on the eastern side of the island around
Guantanamo. It’s one of the foundational styles that gave birth to son,
salsa and timba, and in the hands of Changüí Majadero the music feels as
fresh and intoxicating as a stiff shot of rum. Founded by vocalist Gabriel
García, an expert on Cuban tres guitar, the band features bassist Yosmel
Montejo, Norrell Thompson on vocals and guayo (metal scraper), George Ortiz
on the low pitched bongó de monte and Alfred Ortiz on maracas and vocals.