Monthly Archives: February 2015

Raphy Leavitt y La Selecta “Cuarentona”


Throughout his career, Raphy Leavitt and his “Orquesta La Selecta” has been recognized as a Puerto Rican musical icon that is deeply rooted within the Latin American people. “Orquesta La Selecta” has distinguished itself by having on staff the stellar vocalist, Sammy Marrero who has been with the group consecutively since its inception forty-three years ago, along with Carlos Ramirez, who has been with the band for twenty-nine years. In 2014 Raphy Leavitt integrates into “La Selecta” the vocalists Victor Ramirez and Jose Charlie Maldonado with the intention of further diversifying the vocal alternatives that the group offers its followers.

After several years of absence from the airwaves, Raphy Leavitt and his “Orquesta La Selecta” return with a new musical production. The first single “Cuarentona”, alludes to the band’s 43 consecutive years of trajectory as an elite Puerto Rican organization.

“La Selecta” of Puerto Rico with its messages of love and peace seeks to awaken the consciousness of the Latino people to the importance of fighting together as a race so that in the near future we can enjoy social justice for all. The group’s success have not been limited to a particular time in history, but continue to reap rewards in the soul of today’s new generations.

 “Cuarentona” Available on  cdbaby

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Nils Fischer & Timbazo “Rumberos a Monton”

International band Timbazo releases second CD

Rotterdam, Feb/2015 – A joyful, exuberant all-star celebration combining the high-intensity of timba and ‘salsa dura’ – featuring luminaries like Lucrecia, Changuito, Calixto Oviedo, Alexander Abreu, Carlos del Puerto, Julito Padrón & many others.


Rumberos a Montón is the successor of the acclaimed debut album ¡Gracias Joe Cuba!. The new CD – recorded with an incredible all-star cast – is for the dancers, and it will make the listeners dance too! 34 musicians contributed to the international recording sessions in Rotterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Atlanta, Havana, Turku, Phoenix, Detroit and New York. Arrangements by Alain Pérez, Marc Bischoff, Jan Hartong & Iván ‘Melon’ Lewis. Mastered by legendary engineer Bob Katz in Orlando, US.

Liner notes by Rebeca Mauleón Timbazo has done it again with this exuberant, all-star celebration. Rumberos a Montón is a joyful testament to the power of Cuban rumba, expertly arranged and fiercely performed with plenty of corazón. This album might be Nils Fischer’s best to date, combining the high-intensity of timba and ‘salsa dura’ with Timbazo-style originals and the lyricism of some of Cuba’s classic compositions. And talk about a killer a line-up!

Nils Fischer is one of the top percussionists in Europe, touring and recording constantly with an array of projects and he had the honour to play with many of Latin music’s legends. Some time ago Nils felt that time had come for a project of his own as well. Now he could pursue his musical visions all the way. Nils: ‘I followed my inner voice and chose music, arrangers and musicians who are a perfect combination in my opinion.’

The working band Timbazo performed at festivals like North Sea Jazz Festival and many other major venues. The band-members hail from from Colombia, Cuba, Holland, US, Germany, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Curaçao. Nils: ‘I see the group as a collective, everyone has a strong input. This brings the music to life.’ Besides the extra boost by the guest musicians, this recording session shows which development the band has made – Timbazo has found it’s own sound.

  “Rumberos a Montón” Available on  iTunes

Edwin Bonilla (Miami): Hasta los muertos van a revivir para bailar con este CD!

Lucrecia Pérez Sáez (Barcelona): Nils Fischer es un musicazo espectacular. El conoce como nadie nuestra musica Cubana y Latina. Este disco es la bomba, es pa’ gozar y tiene unas colaboraciones espectaculares. Espero que lo disfruten – ¡Agua!

Luis Conte (Los Angeles): Nils – it’s killing, congratulations!

Lázara Cachao López (Havana): ¡Maestro Nils! Esto es una delicia, que gusto, que combinacion, todos y todo excelente!

Eddie Montalvo (New York): AWESOME recording, can’t wait for more!!!

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