Tuesday, April 8, 2008

10 Years of Timba

It has been about a decade since the first time I heard Timba Cubana. It was at a time when I was pretty disappointed about the status of salsa music. My only option was to look back and remember the golden eras of Salsa, Rumba, y Guaguanco. I was hitting the Hector Lavoe and Fania music really hard, subsequently falling completely crazy for it. For me, at the time there was no "now" for salsa music. It had evolved (or may I say: "Devolved") into mostly watered-down versions of yesterday's music. I just couldn't feel it, it was as if it didn't have much soul, heart, essence, and sadly no real purpose. It just didn't do it for me, but It didn't help that I was in a remote place (Seattle) where not a lot of Latin music was heard, back then.

At some point in the late 90s (I think '98)... my Dad decided to go back to Peru to visit relatives. I asked him to bring back some music from local bands like "La Progresiva del Callao", "Sensual 990", or "Camaguey" - AND I happened to say: "y Lo que este de moda" (whatever is "in"). When he came back, he had brought back with him a bunch of music mostly old stuff from the 60s, 70s, some from the 90s (80s music was banned in my house), and one cassette labeled: "Musica Cubana". I didn't pay much attention to the latter since at that point I was extremely ignorant about Cuban Music. I thought, like many people at the time, that Cuban Music hadn't grown much since the 50s or 60s... very beautiful, very traditional, but also too old for my taste (I was about 17 at the time, give me a break!). Well, a few days later I saw the cassette again and decided to play it. The first song was Manolito y su trabuco's: "y todavia no".

I don't think I need to explain what happened after that, though I would like to add that thanks to Timba I have been able to travel countless times to Cuba and also to my home land of Peru, in spirit. Music does interesting things to you, it can transport you to places you've never been before and make you feel as if you had been living there forever!

Is there such a thing as being too passionate about something? Probably, but not for music - Eso Nunca!.

I just uploaded this video yesterday to my youtube channel, coincidently it's "Y Todavia No" de Manolito y su Trabuco, enjoy!!!


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