Step into a world filled with vibrant dancing, fascinating relationships, and fabulous music. This film takes a look into a dance scene in Havana rarely seen outside of Cuba and features a soundtrack with some of Cuba’s greatest musical legends. La Salsa Cubana is the first feature film to explore Cuba’s popular social dance known as casino or Cuban salsa since it appeared in Havana social clubs during the 1950s.
Directed by Eric Joseph Johnson and Sarita Streng, with cinematography by Alvaro Rangel, La Salsa Cubana premiered at the Chicago Latino Film Festival in 2011, won audience award at the San Francisco Latino Film Festival, and was nominated for best documentary at Havana Film Festival New York.
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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 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 –
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