Monthly Archives: March 2014

Yuliesky Gonzalez & Orq. Cubanaché | Artist Profile

With a profound knowledge of both the history of Cuban Jazz as well as the Cuban popular music, and the influences of Classical European music as well as crispy African rhythms, Yuliesky Gonzalez Guerra has a fluent ability to write new Cuban Jazz, with elegance & variation that makes the listener hold the breath in enjoyment. He is capable of lifting the compositions to a level of such quality, that even hardcore musicians get inspired by the innovative tunes.

Orquesta-Cubanache

Orquesta Cubanaché was established in 2010, their name is made up of 2 words. CUBAN – ACHE (ache, has several meanings in the Yoruba religion, for example: luck, grace, gift, respect, strength, vitality, celestial light, gratefulness, life etc…) There are many reasons to defend in this project and they take these values and feelings to grow in their performance and in personal life. With a young female singer, Elaine Perez that has the potential of becoming a new Celia Cruz with her elegant voice and natural charm. Jari Rojas is a male singer, who sings like a funky street kid, his is very dynamic on stage. On the other hand is Lester Hojas, with his powerful singing and his ability for the improvisation. It also has a fine brass section which is consolidated by the distinguished Latin percussion and a sensitivity harmonic that makes this band one of the biggest in these times, in spite to be so young. Orquesta Cubanaché makes you feel like being in the best clubs in Cuba, giving you authentic music of a particular style and of very high level. This is “Cubanaché” where they only say … “THIS MUSIC IS JUST FOR DANCE”.

– Their CD “Dime Rumbero” will be released in spring 2014 –

 visit the website  www.yulieskygonzalez.com

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The show must go on, The Life & Love of Ralph Irizarry | salseek.com

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Diagnosed with prostate cancer over a year ago, Ralph Irizarry, one of the greatest percussionists who played with Ruben Blades for fourteen years, made it a mission to get healthy and keep the music going.  Now in recovery, Ralph is on a new mission to create awareness for the importance of getting tested for prostate cancer and his upcoming fundraiser at BB Kings will help to raise both awareness and funds to cover costs of his medical bills and expenses.

Born in New York’s Spanish Harlem, Ralph Irizarry’s family first moved to Brooklyn and then briefly to Queens, before finally relocating in Puerto Rico in 1970. There, he spent three years immersed in music and gained the knowledge and experience that eventually granted him the opportunity to join Ponce’s La Terrífica, as well as sitting in with such prestigious aggregations as El Gran Combo and Sonora Ponceña.

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