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Newsletter #7 October 2020

Hi, and welcome to another TimbaMerchant update.

Firstly, the good news.

TimbaMerchant CD releases

Just arrived hot off the press is our release of Pasándola Bien, printed under licence from Cuban state record company, EGREM. This 15th anniversary album by Pupy Y Los Que Son Son was released a few years late in 2018 but was every bit worth waiting for. The album sees the addition to the front line of a striking new talent, Alcibiades, as well as ex- Revé/Charanga Habanera vocalist Lachy Fortuna.

Pasándola Bien combines the energy of youth with a richness and complexity that comes only with experience. The best of these tracks- and there are many- are layered, complex beauties, great dancers and with the hooks you’d expect from the tumbao meister himself, Cesar “Pupy” Pedroso. Since release this has been virtually impossible to find on CD outside Cuba. Available retail and wholesale, you’ll find it at TimbaMerchant as well as our other outlets.

We have also contracted with EGREM to print Legado, the latest CD by Los Van Van, and first album entirely under the directorship of Samuel Formell. This was also released in 2018. There’s much more, but Yo No Soy Un Mango is the track for me. Like Pasándola Bien, the CD has been for all intents and purposes unavailable since release in 2018. This will be printed as soon as we have all the materials available and updated.

If these releases recoup the investment we will be looking to release more titles and generally, to reverse the decline in production of Cuban CD’s.

Cuban imports

More good news is that our CD imports from Cuba are packed and ready to go.

Titles include-

YO ME MUERO EN LA HABANA – ELITO REVE

LA SUERTE ES LOCA – MÓNICA MESA

LLUVIA Y FUEGO – ISSAC DELGADO

UEA – ELITO REVE Y SU CHARANGÓN

MANO A MANO – RUMBEROS DE CUBA

BRINDANDO – PAULO FG

DE VUELTA AL BARRIO – EL NIÑO Y LA VERDAD

DE LA HABANA A NUEVA YOR – ACHY LANG

MÁS – FRANK DELGADO

ADN- ALAIN PÉREZ

DVD – DE REVE A VAN VAN DOS LEYENDAS

Ah yes, the catch is that COVID is far from over and Cuba has rightly reversed its decision to open flights to the UK. They will arrive one day but we’ll all just have to wait, sorry.

Still, two killer titles is something to keep Cuban music lovers going and hopefully there will be more.

Music stream – “Salsa Y Timba Como Son”

Mixcloud are now licenced to upload live shows and the second of our three has just been uploaded here. The third will follow shortly.

Technical issues resolved

We have had problems with our contact form which told users their message had been sent to us when in fact it had not. The page now just contains our email.  There was also a problem receiving payments through Stripe in EUR and USD. These are resolved now. We appreciate you reporting problems so we can fix them.

All for now, stay safe,

Rufus

 

Stay safe, and all the best,

Rufus

 

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