January 8, 2003 Yusa is a 20-something singer-songwriter from Havana with a brand new CD. Her music blends Cuba's past, present and future, and while the music draws on traditions, it's also influenced by trends in America, Brazil and other Latin American countries. The CD is titled Yusa on TUMI records. Felix Contreras has our review.
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November 18, 2002 As a Colombian-American singer-songwriter, Soraya has spent her life traveling between two worlds. NPR's Felix Contreras reports on Soraya's career and a personal challenge that threatened to derail it.
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November 14, 2002 American Jazz Pianist Sir Roland Hanna died Wednesday at age 70. Hanna was known for playing in diverse styles that reflected much of the history of jazz piano. In addition to performing, he composed more than 400 pieces for jazz ensembles. NPR's Felix Contreras has this remembrance.
September 18, 2002 Vocal Sampling, a group from Havana, Cuba, is nominated for three Latin Grammys tonight. They make unusual a cappella music, using their voices to imitate Cuban instrumentation. Reviewer Felix Contreras says that on this CD called Cambio De Tiempo these schooled musicians have put together a great mix of Cuban styles and have mixed it up with hip-hop and jazz -- all with their mouths. (4:30) The CD is called Cambio De Tiempo by Vocal Sampling on Ciocan music. See http://www.ciocanmusic.com.
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June 24, 2002 The talented Cuban pianist Omar Sosa is known for his willingness to experiment with different musical forms. NPR's Felix Contreras reviews his new album, Sentir, and says Sosa explores the African influences on Cuban music.
June 6, 2002 Felix Contreras reviews a new CD from Cuban piano player Omar Sosa. It's called Sentir and it explores the complex rhythms of Cuba's Santeria music. Our reviewer Felix Contreras says this record reminds us that the piano is just another percussion instrument. (4:30) Sentir, by Omar Sosa, is on Ota records. See http://www.melodia.com/omar/.
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