De Nuevo Con La Timbala - Manchester Jazz Festival 2011

The concert began with Eleggua; it was a great introduction to the evening by the Afro-Cuban band.

Yambu followed, with a performance by Cesare and Nadia; the dancing was very good and the story they told worked well. The continued with a guaguancó repertoire; once again this was performed well and maintained a good theme.

 

Ceasre won first prize at the 20 Guaguancó Festival, Barcelona 2011, which the Crazy Salsa Manchester gang attended. He repeated the Columbia performance from the festival. Cesare is a very entertaining dancer and it was good to see his show again.

A collaboration of La Timbala with a jazz accompaniment followed; the song was composed by the saxophone player. It actually sounded like a Cuban Christmas song! This tune will definitely be played during the Christmas period by the Crazy Salsa Manchester crew; watch this website for some salsa dancing in random places to this song!

After the interval, there was Mozambique music, Cuban carnival music. This involved, once again, collaboration between La Timbala and the jazz band. The crowd certainly enjoyed this and the audience were up and dancing!

2nd Festival Internacional del Guaguancó Afro-Cubano, 24-26 June 2011, Barcelona

Friday, June 24

The crazy Salsa Manchester people begin their first Guaguanco festival, leaving Salsa and Bachata behind to begin a weekend of Cuban Rumba and Orishas!

The festival opened with a presentation of the artists, three languages were used for the introductions: Spanish; English and French. Commentary in English is invaluable at international festivals! It was great that English was initially used.

There were several opening shows. My favourite was performed by Daniel Pancerz from Poland. The choice of song was perfect and the use of body movement to the music was amazing.

There were great dancers at the party, and the choice of music was pleasing. Unfortunately the sound system was not very good; the music echoed somewhat, so it was hard to hear the beat; there was a different beat from one side of the room to another! The room also had a carpet; it was surprising to see this; one would expect a large hotel to have a room with a wooden floor for such occasions. Alternatively, the organizers could have chosen a venue with suitable flooring. In the end, however, the carpet was not that much of a problem and it was quite a relief to dance bare foot at the party after a full day of workshops! The party was also at this venue on Saturday night.

The dancers at the party were at a high level and I had some great dances!!

Saturday, June 25

The morning workshops were great. The basics of some of the orishas were explained. Body isolations for dancing the orishas were worked through. These classes were fantastic and such a welcome as they do not exist in Manchester!

Yeni Molinet is a fantastic teacher, who explains the basics wonderfully; her routines are brilliant and very useful for extracting certain moves for social Salsa dancing.

The Saturday night performances were great. The show performed by Calle Real was absolutely wonderful. Yeni was fantastic as Oya.

Sunday, June 26

The Sunday workshops were brilliant, except for two. The first class, by Jorge, the organizer of the festival, was spoken in Spanish; it seemed a really useful class regarding musicality, it is a shame that a limited portion of the audience could understand. He appeared to explain how to incorporate Rumba and Son into general Salsa dancing, with a great emphasis on timing; he was accompanied by a musician playing the congos to stress the beats.

Another class in the afternoon focusing on folk law songs was also in Spanish. It was disappointing that an English translation was not given, as it appeared to be a fascinating class too, people were even taking notes!

Havana D’Primera was awesome. The range of instruments they used was vast; they put on a great show. It was particularly amazing how they improvised a song. Alexander Abreu Manresa (the lead singer) has great charisma; he is like a conductor with his band. The crowd were really fun and they sang along to all the songs; the atmosphere was fantastic. It is a shame the venue was so small, as we could not dance, which was a great pity.

The after party took place in Mojito; after a pre-party at a bus stop! Great dancers were there and we got to dance a little bachata.

Walking through the streets of Barcelona, as the city was beginning a new day, was a wonderful end to a great festival!

The crazy Salsa Manchester crew prepared to return to the UK with a greater knowledge and understanding of these awesome Cuban dances.

Crazy salsa Manchester people go to Leeds

We've finished one of our salsa trips to Leeds dancing in city centre about 2 o'clock. Some funny people joined us. More videos from our random places dancing to follow :)

Next weekend Guaguanco Festival in Barcelona, so no classes thursday and friday (23, 24.06) in Cuba Cafe. Looks like we will have a lot of opportunities to show our creative side.

Bachata class @ Cuba Cafe

Where:

43 Port Street
Manchester
M1 2EQ

Friday:

8.15 pm - Bachata beginners class wiith Michal

9.15 pm - Bachata improvers class wiith Michal

How much?

£5 for class (£3 with NUS)

Contact:

www.cubacafe.co.uk
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Salsa Classes @ Cuba Cafe

Where:

43 Port Street
Manchester
M1 2EQ

Tuesday:

6 pm - Beginners salsa class with Mo-Ji
7 pm - Beginners salsa class with Mo-Ji
8 pm - Intermediate salsa class with Mo-Ji

Wednesday:

6 pm - Beginners salsa class with Mo-Ji
7 pm - Beginners salsa class with Mo-Ji
8 pm - Intermediate salsa class with Mo-Ji

 

How much?

£5 for class (£3 with NUS)

Contact:

www.cubacafe.co.uk
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