En la Calle

NG la Banda

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En la Calle Review

by Evan C. Gutierrez

NG la Banda was an all-star group of sorts, drawing members from the most important of pre-timba bands. Players and vocalists came from such influential artists as Pachito Alonso, Orquesta Revé, Irakere, and los Van Van, yet not taking too many members from any one place to be considered an off-shoot group. Similarly, their blend of rumba, son, rock, jazz, songo, and funk was an even enough split to be called something entirely new. The material on NG la Banda's QBAdisc release En la Calle comes from their early period, from about 1988 to 1992, a time known as "the birth of timba." Having recorded four vinyl records that were never released on CD, this is the only source for the group's formative material. Including radio hits like "La Expresiva" and "Los Sitios Eterno," En la Calle features ten strong tracks that would forge the way for Cuba's new musical voice. Having produced members who would go on to lead their own trailblazing groups, like Giraldo Piloto and Issac Delgado, the early years for NG la Banda were a period of incredible creativity and invention. For any timba enthusiast or Cuban music lover, En la Calle captures a pivotal moment in musical history.

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