Tabou Combo have come a long way since starting out as Los Incognitos in Petionville, Haiti in 1968. Since moving to NYC in the 70s, their dancetastic funk has ignited disco floors from Gabon to Miami. They are kompa's great ambassadors; Haiti's biggest band. They've opened for Jimmy Buffet in Ohio, ... More >>
Eletric PiqueteS/Tmyspace.com/ElectricPiqueteThe seven-piece band known as Electric Piquete only formed about four years ago. But from the group's inception (the product of founders Michael Mut and Ed Rosado's desire to perform at Churchill's annual Hialeahfest back in 2007), it's been drawing lo ... More >>
The Buena Vista Social Club will play its first American shows in seven years this week, with appearances in Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago.Like Silvio Rodriguez, the band's likely skipping South Florida for fear of protests from fringe exile groups. The legendary geezers are just the lates ... More >>
It's a big week for local masters of Cuban son, Conjunto Progreso. Not only are they celebrating the release of their brand new disc Alive in Miami, but now they have a Best of Miami award to celebrate too, having earned the honor of Best Latin Band this week. The band is large: It's led by ... More >>
via jazzfestwienPortuondoEver since the Los Van Van concert last month went by without a hitch, cantankerous anti-Castro activists here have been itching for some kind of PR victory. They just got it today: bolero singer Omara Portuondo canceled her March 2 concert at The Fillmore in Miami Beach ... More >>
It's a measure of the new exile tolerance that a heralded band from Cuba is headed for Miami, and -- at least so far -- no one is talking about protests, pain or politics. The Septeto Nacional made its last U.S. appearance at the 1933 World's Fair in Chicago, where it won a Gold Medal by spreadin ... More >>
Que bola, mi gente? It's about that time yet again to proudly don some Cubaneo. What? You know you love it. Even if you're not Cuban, there's no denying that we make some great grooves for shakin' your ass to.Providing an immediate opportunity for you to partake in some of that very ass shakin', Con ... More >>
Even if you're neither Cuban nor into Cuban music, you've no doubt heard of the Buena Vista Social Club, originally a members club where musicians would meet in Cuba during the 40's, but better known for the rediscovery in the 90's, championed in large part by American guitarist/producer Ry Cooder.& ... More >>
Mujer de Cabaret (Iaso Records)
Rumba Palace (Telarc Jazz)
The outstanding return of Super Rail Band de Bamako
This year age triumphed over youth in world music
Surprises abound in three new discs released on the cusp of the holiday season
The Buena Vista Social Club tradition continues, with mixed results
Yusa "Tumi Music"
Senegalese old-timers Orchestra Baobab get better with age
Bana Congo "Tumi Music"
Tremenda Rumba! (Ahí-Namá)
Cuban artists compete at the Latin Grammys like it's 1959
Bold booking draws top ratings, topples dictatorship, at Second Annual Latin Grammy Awards
Cachaito Nonesuch/World Circuit
Compay Segundo Las Flores de la Vida
The Afro-Cuban All Stars finally come to South Florida
Mundo Loco (Tumi Music)
Buenaventura looks to the future through the past
Englishman Rupert Mould takes Cuban music to new frontiers
Cuba's musicians are anxious to cash in on the overseas market. But in the process they could sell out their sound.
Los Van Van makes a grab for dot.com dough
Letters from the issue of April 27, 2000
Miami scenesters sound off
The self-taught feel-good grooves of Mo'Guajiro
Dueling at the millennium
Why Cubans Call the Ministry of Culture the "Mystery of Culture"