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Paulito FG- Con La Conciencia Tranquila
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Paulito FG is one of the big names in timba. He has been a hero in Cuban music for many years and he regularly releases well accepted hits. His music is good, his singing is good, the arrangements are good; the style original, fresh and modern. All is good, but somehow I have never been able to tune into it. I have been trying to review some of his music for months and I have been trying very hard today, but, no matter how I try, nothing comes out of my brain. I suppose this mirrors pretty well my feeling towards this CD, there is not thing wrong, nothing to dislike, but I rarely feel like loading it on my player.

There is quite a touch of pop in this timba, which I visualise as white as Paulito himself.. maybe that is the problem? Maybe not. “De La Habana”, which closes the album, is my favourite track, the one I always feel like dancing to, but “Con La Conciencia Tranquila” and “Y San Toma Que” and also nice and catchy. Apart for “Desacuerdo”, which is a pop ballad, all other tracks are romantic timbas. Bottom line, if you are in doubt whether to invest in Paulito’s music, you may want to check the reviews from others, who may tune into this music better than I… after all there must be a reason if so many cubanos adore him, as I myself verified.3-1-08

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Jose Carrion - Rumba - Part 2 Guaguanco

Level: Intermediate

Style: Rumba

General Comment: Following the same structure as the Yambu DVD José here takes us into the faster version of rumba, Guaguagnco, which probably is the one we are most familiar with. This is the rumba dance which mimics a rooster (the guy) courting the hen (the lady), trying all sort of trickeries in order to catch her off guard. The lady, quite naturally, has to watch out for all the guy’s moves ready to ‘protect’ herself from his attempts.

If you have the ability to keep your focus despite the often unnecessary and always slow teaching in Spanish from Jose (and consequently the inevitably flat English translation) you will find the DVD is actually very good. Jose does not cover much material, but the material taught is broken down precisely with attention to all details: hands, feet, knees and the proper alignment of all these parts. We normally do not get such precision in rumba teaching, and this make this DVD quite special. The pace of the DVD is slow, but this offers the opportunity for you to practise while you watch and at the end things are put together in a nice demo. I will surely use this for my practices. Recommended

Reviewed by Fabio - Good

 
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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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