The early 90s saw Omara Portuondo trying to retire from the limelight of Cuban music and settle into a relaxed existence, but after she was featured in The Buena Vista Social Club documentary there was no turning back. The singer released, to international acclaim, The Buena Vista Social Club Presents Omara Portuondo re-enforcing her status as one of the greatest things to reach us from Cuba (arguably since Mojitos).
The Gracias Tour featuring piano virtuoso Roberto Fonseca will be reaching New York City this Saturday, February 27 at Town Hall. This is a rare opportunity for you to catch some of the best Cuban music, so buy your tickets now.
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Check out this video from Wax Poetics: Adrian Younge and the Black Dynamite Sound Orchestra. This video for "Shot Me in the Heart" comes from the Wax Poetics x Converse 45 Series.
The funk & soul mag also has a release party tonight in NYC for Joe Cuba's El Alcalde Del Barrio -The Architect of the Nuyorican Sound, the Fania reissue. Come check it out at Le Poisson Rouge - Doors 10pm. You must RSVP and get there early, but if you're quick, you'll catch performances by Chico Mann, The Boogaloo Assassins, DJ Bobbito Garcia & DJ Turmix.
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Check out three of Brooklyn's finest new musicians, 3 Titans, backed by the always funky Menahan Street Band.