Friday, December 3, 2010

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Monday, September 27, 2010

Eddie Bobe - Vete Tu

Here is another gem from Eddie Bobe's up an coming project.

Track name: Vete Tu

Giovanni Hidalgo: Bongos
Eddie Bobe: Tres, Coro & percussion
Juan Papo Garay: Lead Vocals & composer of Vete Tu
Chris Theberge: Congas
Reut Regev: Trombone
Abe Rodriguez: Coro

Artist: Descendientes del Ritmo
Title: Back to the Root
Label: Descendent Music
Executive producer : Chris Theberge
Produced by : Eddie Bobe
Release Date: TBA

Eddie Bobe - Mama No Quiere

I just received another sneak peek from Eddie Bobe.

Here are the details:

Track Name -"Mama No Quiere"

Giovanni Hidalgo Congas
Eddie Bobe Tres Vocal percussion
Orlando Puntilla Rios Bata Iya
Eddie Bobe Itotele
Chris Theberge Okonkolo
Reut Regev Trombone
Abbe Rodriguez Vocals

Artist: Descendientes del Ritmo
Title: Back to the Root
Label: Descendent Music
Executive producer Chris Theberge

Produced by
: Eddie Bobe
Release Date: TBA

Website for more information:

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Friday, August 27, 2010

Rumba for Manuel

(Gene Golden, David Yemaya, Felix Sanabria, photo credit: Lisa Maya Knauer)

From Lisa Maya Knauer;

Saturday, July 3, with cool breezes blowing off the East River, we paid our last respects to Manuel Martinez Olivera (el llanero solitario) and gave his ashes to the river. Manuel touched so many lives, and the rumba was loving, lively and spirited. Friends came who hadn't seen each other in years, maybe even decades, and the afternoon was as much about the conversation and community as it was about the music.

(Willie Sanabria, Felix Sanabria, Gene Golden, Alberto Serrano, photo credit: Lisa Maya Knauer)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Las 7 salves de La Magdalena NYC CD Release Party Sep 10, 2010

My Las 7 salves de La Magdalena / 7 Songs of Praise for The Magdalene CD release party will be September 10, 7pm, at St. Mark's Church-in-the-Bowery (2nd Avenue and 10th St.).

There is no cover charge.

We'll have live music by Raquel Z. Rivera & Ojos de Sofia, feat. Bryan Vargas, Catarina Dos Santos, Desmar Guevara, Juan Gutierrez, Obanilu Ire Allende, Manuela Arciniegas...

It will also feature an art exhibit by Tanya Torres. Our CD release and art exhibit are dedicated to Mary Magdalene. It will be a playful and heartfelt celebration of the myth Tanya & I have named "Our Lady of Lexington".

The music is streaming here:

Please help me spread the word. ¡Gracias mil!

un abrazo,

Video invite:

What people are saying about Las 7 salves de La Magdalena:

“With its pure and honest sound, Las 7 salves de La Magdalena gives us the gift of an intimate experience full of personality and essence.”
— Brenda Hopkins Miranda, pianist and composer

"I loved the spirituality and embellished simplicity with which they recorded the seven tracks. This musical product is complete, round, honest and without pretentions."
— Hector "Tito" Matos, percussionist and director of Viento de Agua

"Rivera's fusion of Puerto Rican genres such as the seis and bomba with rarely-recorded Afro-Dominican salve and pri-pri rhythms point to an ideal zone of pan-Caribbean—and indeed, pan-human—understanding."
— Paul Austerlitz, ethnomusicologist, reed player and composer

"I'm in love with the project created by Raquel Z. Rivera & Ojos de Sofía. The 7 Songs of Praise for The Magdalene transport me to a familiar place. They are enigmatic and distant, close and profound. Creators of a powerful balance between pain and strength. Uplifting, clear and refreshing."
— Yarisa Colon Torres, poet and author of Sin cabeza

“The lyrics are playful, sensuous, strange, and at the same time familiar. The voice that sings is rich, tender, strong, powerful.”
— Anjanette Delgado,

El Balcon - Eddie Bobe

This is an unreleased unmixed, raw track from an up-n-coming Eddie Bobe project. Eddie on guitar, percussion and voice, Felix Sanabria on quinto.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Matthew Smith Timbales Video

Check out this video I found on Matthew's site, I can't embed it for some reason, but you can view it here....

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Luchadoras, Bomberas Y Pleneras

Los Pleneros de la 21
proudly present
Luchadoras, Bomberas & Pleneras
Las mujeres de nuestra música
A special event of BOMBA& PLENA: IN THE HOUSE
(LP21’s ticket subsidy program of educational performances for NYC students )
~ Celebrating the powerful women of our culture & Women’s History Month ~
FRIDAY, MARCH 19th 2010
10:00 am & 12 noon
Julia de Burgos Cultural Center
(1680 Lexington Ave • El Barrio, NY 10029)
$5 (students & teachers)
$10 general admission
Pay online today to secure your seats faster:
RSVP by 3/15/2010
A powerful intergenerational & cross-cultural ensemble of inspirational women and leaders come together for a unique event featuring original and soul-stirring performances of traditional Bombas, Plenas and Salves from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.
Through their talents, they convey their stories and embody the countless contributions of the many women who have formed the endurance and electrifying essence of our Afro-Caribbean expressions. This event will inspire our next generations of cultural leaders through interactive performances with audiences, inspiring stories and moving songs, drum and dance!
Photo Credits: E.Irizarry, E.Sosa, E.Eversley, M.A. Otero
Bomba & Plena In The House is LP21’s popular ticket-subsidy program of educational music and dance performances for NYC schools & students dedicated to stimulate appreciation of East Harlem cultural institutions & Puerto Rican culture as integral to a vibrant community life.
In the House is part of LP21’s “Bomba & Plena For All” and is made possible in part with the support of The New York State Council on the Arts, The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Offices of NYC Council Member Melissa Mark Viverito, District 8.
Can't make this session of In the House?
RSVP today for our next monthly performance:
April 23rd 2010
Bomba, Plena - The Music and our Spoken Word
in recognition of Poetry Month
Uniting Cultural Equity and Community Building Through Music for over 27 years!
1680 Lexington Avenue, Room 209
El Barrio, NY 10029
T: 212.427.5221
F: 212.427.5339
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Saturday, January 30, 2010

New Meanings

Berta Jottar was kind enough to pass along the following information:

Register Now!!
New Meanings: Afro-Descendant Percussion Practices—
A Symposium
Williams College + Mass MoCA | February 12-14, 2010

Come and join us as we explore and network percussive traditions from the African Diaspora with some of most experienced artists and performers in the U.S.

New Meanings: Afro-Descendant Percussion Practices, explores the impact and direction of musical developments in the African Diaspora. Through interactive workshops, panels, lecture-demonstrations, video and concerts, the symposium will examine the contemporary interconnectivity that exists between percussion practices from West Africa, the Caribbean and the U.S.

Guest lecturers and artists include: Pedrito Martinez, Roman Diaz, M’bemba Bangoura, Ilu Aye, Café da Silva, Tyshawn Sorey, Mike Wimberly, Barbara Browning, Sonny Allen, Frisner Augustine, Atiba Rorie, Berta Jottar, Bashir Shakur, and more!!

To register and for more information, visit: or call 413.597.3340

Student Registration $35
Early Registration $75
(before Jan. 29)
Late Registration $85
(before Feb. 12)
Door Registration $100

**Bus available, roundtrip from NYC/Williamstown for $40, see registration.

Ibae: Manuel Martinez Olivera "El Llanero Solitario"

I got a message from Lisa Maya Knauer early this morning with the following information:

Manuel Martinez, better known to many as "El llanero solitario", died
on Friday, January 29. Manuel made an indelible mark on the New York
rumba scene after he arrived in the Mariel boatlift, teaching, inspiring
and collaborating with dozens, if not more, enthusiasts. He was a
mainstay of the Central Park rumba, as well as some pioneering musical
ensembles like Chevere Macun Chevere and Los Afortunados.

He had been in failing health for the last several years. Over the years, many friends, proteges and fellow musicians took Manuel
in, and tried to help him find a more stable living situation, but for
the last several years, as his health declined, he was in a nursing
home in the Bronx. In recent years, only a small number of people
stayed directly involved with him. I'll leave it to
others to share their thoughts and recollections of Manuel, as I only
got to know him pretty late in the game (mid to late 1990s).

Funeral arrangements are being made at San Francisco/First Ave. Funeral
Services, First Avenue and 115 St. Once date and time for the viewing
have been set, we will send you the information.

Lisa Maya Knauer


Manuel Martinez Olivera (1930-2010), Viewing Monday, February 1, 3-10
p.m. at San Francisco/First Avenue Funeral Services, 2242 First Avenue
(btwn 115-116 St., across from Camaradas).