With their potent blend of dance-floor friendly salsa and high-energy showmanship, Cafe Cubano evoke the spirit of the legendary dance clubs of Havana. Beginners salsa class with, usually with Ana Machado or Miko Sobreira. DJ Billy Bryans fills the gaps… At Lula Lounge, donde si no?.
In light of recent events in Haiti, here is a video from the amazing Cuban vocal group Desandann.
“Grupo Vocal Desandann is an extraordinary Cuban vocal group of Haitian descent. The ensemble is composed mainly of second and third generation Haitians who were born and raised in Cuba… They preserve the rich cultural patrimony of their parents’ and grandparents’ birthplace through music.” – album notes Descendants
Come out and learn some Cuban-Haitian and Haitian dances taught by Melissa Noventa and special guest Marie-Paule Jean-Gilles.
“Many people are not aware, but Haiti and Cuba share a long history together. In fact, the dance and music brought over to Cuba by Haitians after the Haitian revolution were extremely instrumental in the developement of Cuban culture; particularly in the eastern provinces.
Join us for an evening of Haitian and Cuban-Haitian drumming and dance.” – Melissa
Funds raised will benefit AMURTEL Haiti
When: February 4, 2010
Time: 8:30 pm Suggested Donation $10
Location: Gotta Dance Inc., 3581B Dundas St. West
(Jane and Dundas)
Link to Melissa’s facebook group Afro_Cuban Dance Class here.
AfroLatino Dance Company has a long history of supporting Cuban Casino dancing as well as afrocuban styles in Toronto. It’s at Lithuanian House, 1573 Bloor St. West… an excellent dance place with old-style high-ceiling ballrooms.
An invitation from Albena:
Come join us for our 3rd Winter Party, where you will enjoy hours of the best in Cuban Salsa, Timba, and even some Zouk, Kizomba, kompa and Samba, and presentations by our 3rd Student Performance Group and AfroLatino’s professional dancers. We don’t even have to mention our usual complimentary lesson, door prizes, and delicious hors d’oeuvres.
Jennifer made her name with Cuban Music lovers by delivering the excellent DVD, Popular, available at Amazon dedicated to La Charanga Habanera, at the peak of their time as the most popular dance music group in Cuba.
Cuban piano player and composer Hilario Durán brings his 13 piece latin jazz band to Lula for a special concert before their performance as part of the Vancouver Olympic Games. Very special guest Jane Bunnett joins this all-star group. Don’t miss the latin jazz event of the season!
Reminder: Roberto Linares Brown leads a salsa jam session featuring some of Toronto s finest. This concert was announced at just $5 cover! 1585 Dundas St W, west of Dufferin, Friday January 15th. Guest list for free admission on Facebook. The award winning CD is back in stock at Descarga, click here.
Linares Brown was a catalyst for the creation of Lula Lounge’s popular Havana Norte series which has featured a who’s who of Toronto-based Cuban musicans. Linares Brown has been contributing to the series since 2006 performing original compositions that became the basis of his brilliant 2008 solo release, “Que No Se Pierda La Essencia”. After an extended tour of Europe, Roberto Linares Brown (aka El Seña’) has returned to his home in Canada – boasting new compositions and with a renewed desire to take Toronto’s salsa scene to the next level.