Party with Maraca

Maraca -  Lo que quiero es Fiesta
Maraca – Lo que quiero es Fiesta

Lo que quiero es Fiesta (Ahi Nama, 2008)

Cuban music fans in the United States are not getting much [wiki:timba] music lately, except for European imports. Maraca is an exception. The virtuoso flautist is signed to Ahí Namá Records and his material is easy to obtain in North America. He even toured the United States recently.

Maraca plays the hottest timba, using some of Cuba’s finest singers, a scorching brass section, outstanding percussion and piano, all topped with Maraca’s flute wizardry. But the cutting edge of Cuban music can also be heard on pieces like "Guajira para Mimi," where a guajira meets downright funk bass and electric guitar, elements which are not easily found in salsa, which is timba’s musical cousin. Other genres included are descarga, son and rumba.

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.


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