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Angel Bonne – Bonne & Bonne Co.
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This is timba, but a timba of its own. The first time I went to Cuba, long ago, just arrived, I found myself in a live concert of Angel Bonne, whom at that time I did not know. I was really captivated by this slow, gentle timba which starts with the feel of a song or a ballad and then breaks into the usual timba feel, but without the overwhelming power of other more popular bands, somehow still maintaining a sort of sweet romantic feel. Later I found out that Angel Bonne had a long reputation in Cuban music, having been a singer of Los Van Van, but somehow the locals judged him as an ‘unlucky’ artist who would not make it among the popular favourites; a local CD store keeper even tried to dissuade me from buying his CDs! He did not succeed, I now have them all and I like his music a lot.

Strictly, this is not ‘dancing’ music, rather more a collection of songs arranged in timba style. Angel Boone, who writes most of his own music, could very well sing the same songs in a different style. It is thus unlikely that your DJ will ever play him, nor would it make much sense for a dance instructor to use his music during a salsa class or for students to use it for their practises. However, if like me you just love to dance to any salsa you like, then you may want to experiment and may find him growing in you slowly.

Among his CDs I think this is the most danceable and the one produced with more care, even though maybe not my own favourite. I like all timbas in this CD, with
‘Yo Se Que Eres Tu’, ‘Tierra Donde Naci’, ‘Imagino’ and ‘Pepe Cabecita’ my favourites. Among them, you will also find a classics from Juan Formell ‘Havana City’ and a poppish ballad ‘Hagamos Eterno Este Instante’ which does not make it for me, but may squeeze the heart of the most romantic among you. Angel Bonne has many talents, he sings, writes music, arranges music and even plays the flute and the sax; actually maybe one talent too many, since his sax could possibly be done without, still his unique writing touch more than compensate for this. 30-10-07

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Salsaddiction (Brian & Mechteld) - Advanced

Level: Adv

Style: On2

Content: Turn Patterns

General Comment: With exactly the same structure as their ‘Intermediate’ volume, Brain and Mechteld bring to us three more combinations each with variations, for a total of 10 turn patterns plus one shine. Most turn patterns are based on the idea of leaning the lady into sudden changes of directions. This is an idea which is elaborated cleverly both in the way it is lead, where the change of direction is placed and its general look and feeling. But the real value of the DVD, in my opinion, lies in simply looking at Brain and Mechteld dancing: I could do this for hours and I caught myself with a smile on my face while I admired the way Brian interprets the music with surprising simple body gestures.. for me that is worth the cost of the DVD in itself. I hope this couple will produce many, many more products. As the ‘Intermediate’ this DVD is also Danced on 2, this time to a very catchy timba groove and spoken in Dutch with English subtitles.

Reviewed by Fabio of SalsaIsGood - Reccomended

 
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On2? Which On2? I am writing this post to all experienced salsa dancers out there, and in particular to all salsa instructors. I have a question which hopefully will spark an e-mail exchange from which I may understand a few things which are unclear to me. In order to put this into context, first a few 'facts'.

Fact 1 . Roughly speaking, most people dance salsa either On1, or On2 Modern Mambo (NY style) or On2 Classic Mambo (Puerto Rican style also similar to Cuban contratiempo). Today Modern Mambo is used more frequently than Classic Mambo at congresses and salsa classes around the world.. more...

 
The Salsa 10 Commandments: 1)You shall not dance out of time, 2) You shall not refuse a dance to a less advanced dancer , 3) You shall respect other dancers on the dance floor more...

 
Creativity, Style and Salsa: How can I be creative in my dancing? How does SuperMario come up with his incredible moves? Did Eddie Torres invent NY style? What is style? Who creates a style? What does it mean to be creative anyway?

There are no objective answers to the above questions. They all, one way or the other, depend on subjective views on the artistic expression we call salsa, on what we like, and on what we intend by salsa in the first place. But we can still say reasonable things about the matter and make the creative process clearer and possibly easier. What follows are some thoughts of mine, mostly borrowed from my maths background. I am sure all this must have been said already within the art or humanistic literature, and if you are aware of work in this area please let me know, so that I can learn more.

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