Timbamerchant was founded in 2000 as an independent company, primarily to import, distribute, retail and promote Timba, then Cuba’s newest form of popular urban dance music. After closing in 2006 for the reasons you will find in our “Early History” linked below, TimbaMerchant reopened in January of 2017.
The mission is essentially the same as before, but has broadened as Timba passes its thirtieth birthday. While still sourcing the best in contemporary Timba and Cuban Salsa, we aim to draw together an extensive catalogue of classic Afro-Cuban popular and folkloric music from all ages.
We are currently licensed to sell digital titles from the Bis Music and EGREM catalogues and would consider contracts with other recording houses. Experience shows that most of our customers are looking for physical CDs and we are now focused on obtaining the most extensive range of high quality CD releases.
In June 2018 Timbamerchant became a limited company. In September that year we released the Adalberto Álvarez compilation CD Casino… el baile popular, our first release under the TimbaMerchant label. In September 2020 we began a project to restore the availability of contemporary Cuban music on CD with the reprinting of Pupy y Los Que Son Son’s album Pasándola Bien. More CDs will follow.
TimbaMerchant is a specialist in Afro-Cuban music, orientated particularly towards people who do not want to be distracted by other music when browsing or looking to find what they want.
We remain independent of all other interested parties. The music reviews and recommendations you will find on site are honest opinions given in good faith, informed by nearly thirty years of immersion in this music. As such, they place the promotion of the music we believe in above any other consideration. Users of the site are welcome to disagree and also to add comments if they wish.