The ¡Fuácata! generation is not alone in mixing elements to come up with new grooves. Afro-Disiac, the disc released by Willy Chirino last week on his new independent record label, Latinum Music, reveals that even this veteran exile songster has incorporated the island's trademark timba into his salsa sound. While the fourteen-track CD makes a bid for as many listeners as possible -- ranging across classic salsa, ballad, bachata, soca, and merengue -- nearly every song is punctuated by a tightly controlled timba break. "Wherever I go," said Chirino on the day of Afro-Disiac's release, "Spain, Cancún, Panama, Venezuela -- whenever I come across a Cuban artist, I try to reach out to him, and usually they're trying to reach out to me." Ten years after Chirino predicted the imminent fall of Castro in "Nuestro Dia Ya Viene Llegando" ("Our Day Is Coming"), the steadily narrowing gulf between the music of Miami and the music of Havana suggests that building a new politics on both sides of the straits will depend on building a new culture.
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10:00 p.m. Thursdays. 305-541-2631. Admission is five dollars. Willy Chirino performs at 11:30 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at Club Tropigala in the Fontainebleau Hilton Resort and Spa, 4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach; 305-672-7469. Tickets cost $40.