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Luisito Quintero 3rd Element

Luisito Quintero: 3rd Element

The incidence of percussionists playing music is far greater than musicians who happen to be percussionists. Luisito Quintero falls into the latter category. Luisito Quintero was born in Caracas, … [Read More...]

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Chick-Corea-The-Vigil

Chick Corea: The Vigil

Chick Corea is a musical chameleon. Even before playing with Miles Davis he began to experiment with a myriad of idioms—including Spanish and other Latin ones—fusing them into his music, which rose to … [Read More...]

5-star albums – featuring exceptional recordings

Ruben Blades - Tangos

Rubén Blades: Tangos

There is nothing, or possibly very little, by way of music and dance in Latin America—and that includes Argentina—that is not a result of the direct collision of Natives, Africans and Europeans. For … [Read More...]

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Kavita Shah - Visions

Kavita Shah: Visions

To say that Kavita Shah is an artist like no other is not really saying anything new. It is in her singular voice and the tone and manner of her marvellous music that she shines like a star from … [Read More...]

Helen Sung - Anthem for a New Day

Helen Sung: Anthem for a New Day

Helen Sung’s pianism is informed by elegance and an intellect that goes far beyond her young years. Both qualities cannot be learnt. The former is honed after much practice and filing away at the … [Read More...]

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Ritual Beating of the Drum

Ritual Beating of the Drum

Ritual Beating of the Drum: The Music of Michele Rosewoman, Francisco Mora Catlett and Yosvany Terry By every account the Orishas have been pleased ever since the beginning of time. But never more … [Read More...]