Jane Bunnett says she it wasn’t the music that brought her on her first trip to Cuba. More, it was drinking-water problems on her tropical vacations in other places!
But when she arrived, it was the unexpected – the music blew her away.
It ended up more than a holiday… it reshaped her successful career as a jazz musician.
You can look at Latin Jazz as importing a few snappy rhythms from Cuba, the usual approach. But Cuban musicians in person can demonstrate how their rich musical heritage can be much more. You can use it as a foundation that can hold its own and meld with other music in ways not yet explored outside Cuba.
The connection with Cuba’s music and musicians Ms Bunnett made on that trip have flourished an left traces around the world… from movies like “Spirits of Havana”, CDs by the group of the same name, and wonderful musicians.
Musicians who might have never left Cuba without Jane’s intervention are sprinkled around the world, like David Virelles lately popular in New York City, and numerous other musicians in Toronto, across Canada and the world. And now, these fabulous ladies touring as Maqueque.
Right now, they have just finished a stint at Jazz Bistro in Toronto, and are off to West Coast USA for a tour. They are scheduled at the Montreal Jazz Fest this year, many people from Toronto make that an annual trip. The tour appears to be still filling in, watch for news!.
Neruda Arts is a non-profit organization in Kitchener, known for a public festival they present each year.
Neruda has stepped forward for YOU… to make sure the TRI-CITY is part of the GOZANDO zone… that is, the Charanga Habanera 2015 Canadian tour!
April 25, don’t be the one with the long face listening to other people telling you … “YOU shoulda been there!”… get a ticket, Jack…! And Jill….
IF YOU DON’T SHOW… you’ll also have to listen to them raving about the new night club in KW area… SAZON… Don’t be in the back seat listening, take the wheel and drive… TICKETS HERE:
Dancing rueda… around the world. In Toronto, what better place than the foot of the CN Tower?
If you can dance rueda and can make it… this is where you should be!
A milestone, one of the sad ones, death of Celina Gonzalez …
It might sound off to unaccustomed ears… but the mix of the old Spanish decima stanza style with Cuban rhythm really swings hard once you tune into it… like the song “yo soy el punto cubano” included in the article…
.. yo soy el punto cubano, en la manigua vivia, cuando el mambi se batia, con el machete en la mano…
She was genuinely from the world of the Cuban countryside, hard farming work, strong support networks of neighbours.
The form of recreation was a guateque… neighbours invited for miles around, straggle in at dusk to somebody’s humble country home… roast pork, dance, sing til dawn. She is honoured still today by Cuban musicians of all stripes… they pay tribute usually by singing her “que viva chango”. But sadly pretty much an unknown name to new generations.
She was reported to have been flabbergasted that she was to perform in a stadium with thousands of idolizing fans in her first visit to Colombia. And similarly amazed by how famous she was even amongst Latinos in New York. To her, the best party is far from stadium-filling idolatry… it’s the house party… which is still the way in Cuba.
Jencarlos Canela singer songwriter , actor and all around impressive talent coming for an early Valentine’s show Friday February 6 2015 Pearson convention centre 2638 Steeles Ave east Brampton Ontario .
There are TWO options to choose from
DINNER AND SHOW $85
SHOW only $45
also performing Teria Morada ( singer and dancer par excellence) and Henry Flow
For tickets call 416 418 4725 or 647 760 6196
This show is presented by La Guia Hispana ..Phone book and website where you can get info about all Latin businesses in Toronto and surrounding area.
Song written by Jencarlos for his beautiful friend Monica Spear who passed away last January 6 2014
Direct from Havana
David Calzado y su Charanga Habanera
- 16 musicians on the stage also featuring Yulien Oveido .
- Live performances: AfroLatino Dance Co, also Dailyn Martinez.
- Dj Bernal and Dj Alberth Moreno and MC Abdiel
- Doors 9pm – Showtime 10.30 pm (opening act TBA)
- Tickets $40 advance $50 at the door ONLINE and locations
- VIP tickets for meet and greet photos with the band and special lounge $ 60
Where to find tickets!
- SOUNDSCAPES 572 College street 416 537 1620
- Spanish Bookstore 872 bathurst street 416 533 4000 (MON – FRI only)
- Sheimy Cellular pro 1740 Jane street 416 249 7200
- Toronto Latino 1786 Eglinton Ave W 416 781 0919
- La Cocina de Doña Luz 807 St Clait W 416 652- 7420
- Afrolatino Dance Company 901 Yonge street 416 671 7140
- Cafe Latino 3038 Hurontario 905 949 8447
- Fanerys Convenience 3085 Hurontario 905 272 9257
- Cuba’s restaurant 2444 Lakeshore road west 905 973-4709
Contact us firstname.lastname@example.org (416) 836-2600
WHEN & WHERE ? Saturday April 18 2015
- The Phoenix concert Theatre
- 410 Sherbourne Street
- Toronto Ontario
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Charanga Habanera in Toronto is part of their Canadian tour 2015 . They will be performing in some legendary venues to guarantee a truly wonderful night out ! Vancouver show is at the COMMODORE BALLROOM Sunday April 19 2015 info and tickets at www.cubainvancouver.com They will be performing in Montreal Friday April 24 2015 at CLUB SODA tickets HERE
I personally wouldn’t miss this for anything, one of the finest dance groups in one of the best theatres to watch them!
Thursday February 26, 2015
Friday February 27, 2015
Flato Markham Theatre
171 Town Centre Boulevard, Markham