Miguelito Valdes & Puro Son | Ahi Na' Ma

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Ahi Na' Ma

by Miguelito Valdes & Puro Son

This is a project of one of the best Cuban trumpet player from this decade. The CD includes different genders of Cuban music going from \"Son\" to \"Salsa\", \"Merengue\", \"Bachata\", \"Bolero\" and more.
Genre: Latin: Son
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1. Ahi Na' Ma
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2. Pensar en Ti
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3. Reflejo
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4. Mala Cabeza
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5. Mi Entrega
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6. Pacha'
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7. Solo Tu
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8. Guaguason
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9. Freeway of Love
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10. El Caminao de Lola
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11. El Caminao de Lola version conga
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Miguelito Valdes (www.miguelitovaldes.com) carries a rich history of performing with many of Cuba's top performers, including the Cabaret Tropicana Orquesta, Pablo Milanes, Isaac Delgado, Mayito Rivera, Klimax and has participated in award-winning recordings such as "La Rumba Soy Yo", which won a Latin Grammy in 2001. In 2000, he began playing with Omara Portuondo (Diva singer of Buena Vista Social Club) with whom he traveled around the world for 6 years. He has also played with important jazz musicians abroad, including Michael Brecker, Herbie Hancock, John Patitucci, Danilo Perez, Wayne Shorter, and many others.
Upon his arrival to Vancouver in March 2006, Miguelito Valdes noted that Vancouver, and in fact Canada, was being deprived of the joy that true traditional Cuban music is. For this reason he decided to bring his love for music to an already vibrant Vancouver latin music scene. Miguelito combined his talent with that of five other Cuban musicians already settled in Vancouver. Together, they formed one of the most popular Cuban Bands in the city, Puro Son. In two years the group has played at many festivals across
Canada and has shared the stage with international Puerto Rican star Gilberto Santa Rosa. They have also had successful weekly performances on Fridays (Aug 06 - Jul 07) at Tango 8 Grill, 'Cuban Nights' on Saturdays at The End Cafe (Mar 07- Aug 2008) and the currently 'Latin Night' on Fridays at the Polish Community Centre including appearances at Yale Hotel, the Croatian Center, Wise Hall, Roberts Creek Hall (Sunshine Coast), CBC Studio One (Vancouver Jazz Festival), and more. Puro Son has a great following in Vancouver and their regular performances on Fridays and Saturdays have
had a steady audience of 100 - 350.
Miguelito Valdes y Puro Son is his wife, Cynthia Rodriguez (Piano), Arianne Charon (Double Bass), Zahili Gonzalez (Lead Vocal), Jesus Hierrezuelos (Bongo), and Juan Carlos "Chocolate" (Congas). The three women in the group also perform with the allfemale Cuban group D'Talle.
Puro Son music ranges from salsa to son, bachata, merengue, cha cha cha, cumbia, guaguanco, guaracha and every possible latin rhythm combination you can think of!
Their first CD entitled "Ahi Na' Ma", which was released on June 13th, 2008, is a mixture of 11 original songs that get the attention of every listener. A review by the Georgia Straight predicts a Juno nomination for "Ahi Na' Ma".


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By Tony Montague

Ahi Na'Ma
By Tony Montague– Georgia Straight, June 19th, 08
From the first bars of Ahi na’ ma, the musicians of Puro Son let us know they’re a force
to be reckoned with in Latin music. The title track of their debut release is a classic
Cuban son number—uptempo with swinging vocals, propulsive congas, rock-solid bass,
and exultant trumpet. The arrangements are super-tight, the brief solos from horn-blower
Miguelito Valdes soar sweet and free, and the song—a paean to Cuba—is an original
from the pen of bassist Arianne Charon. Puro Son is the real Cuban deal.
Valdes and his wife, keyboard player Cynthia Rodriguez, have had a powerful impact on
the Latin scene in Vancouver since moving here from Havana two years ago, and this
album shows why. The musical quality is excellent throughout. Lead singer Zahili
Gonzalez has a sultry and elastic voice, while on “Mala Cabeza”, Valdes steps up to the
microphone and belts out the guaracha-son number with panache. The range of rhythms
stretches from frenetic merengue to romantic bachata, with six of the songs coming from
Charon, clearly one of the strongest composers in Canada, Cuban or otherwise. If Ahi
na’ ma isn’t bound for a Juno nomination, I’ll eat my white Kangol cap