Roberto Fonseca, Pedrito Martinez Looking To Move Afro-cuban Music Forward

(Martin Cohen) – Artist Pedrito Martinez. Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas Roberto Fonseca is quite literally stepping out of it. His new album, Yo , lunges in fantastic and unexpected directions while remaining rooted in Afro-Cuban musical traditions traditions the 38-year-old Havana pianist became highly fluent in during the years he spent performing alongside Buena Vista alums, including the late vocalist Ibrahim Ferrer. For me, playing with them was like going to the son montuno school, Fonseca said, referring to the percolating style that forms much of Cubas sonic DNA. I was trying to learn how to play and how to feel. Across Yo, Fonsecas touch ranges from lightning-lithe to thunderously heavy, often holding the musics melodic and percussive center at once. He comes out swinging with 80s, a thrilling album-starter that resembles Nigerian Afrobeat, with chattering rhythms and vintage jazz fusion in its oily electronic timbres. Dizzying and dazzling, it sounds like falling down the stairs and landing on your feet. To me, music doesnt have frontiers, doesnt have borders, Fonseca says over the phone from a tour stop in New Orleans, perhaps the only city in this hemisphere crammed with more musical magic per square foot than Havana. When people listen to my music, they feel good, even if theyre not from Cuba. Fonseca has helped push Afro-Cuban music further into the 21st century on other recordings, too his work with British dubstep pioneer Mala produced an intriguing 2012 album called Mala in Cuba . But, Fonseca said, his desire to move Cuban music ahead feels more personal, almost internal. It would have been easy to name myself the Buena Vista Social Club new generation, Fonseca said.

Patrick, Stenhouse join up for country music video

4, 2013. (AP Photo/Colin E. Braley) DAVE SKRETTA (AP Sports Writer) 15 hours ago KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. decided to test out their acting chops, and do a little flirting in public, for a new country music video that was released this week. NASCAR’s power couple has starring roles for Colt Ford’s new single, ”Drivin’ Around Song.” In the video, Patrick and Ford are waiting for Stenhouse, playing an auto repair man, to fix their broken-down vehicle. Patrick flirts with Stenhouse and then steals a set of keys to an all-terrain vehicle parked outside, and then takes Ford on a spin through Mooresville, N.C. Patrick said she was not acting when she flirted with Stenhouse, whom she’s been dating for a while. ”When I look at him I smile,” she said, ”so that was not hard.” Patrick is certainly accustomed to mainstream spotlight. She’s graced numerous magazine covers and been involved in countless photo shoots, not to mention prominently displayed in the sometimes racy Super Bowl commercials for her sponsor, GoDaddy. The attention is a little more new to Stenhouse, a Sprint Cup rookie, which makes it a bit odd that he’s the one who has to deliver some lines in the video. Patrick never speaks. ”When we got the call to do that I told her we had to. It was the first time I had ever done anything like that and you could tell it was a little nerve-racking,” Stenhouse said. ”It seemed like everybody liked the video so far, so it was cool.” Patrick said the filming was completed just a few weeks ago.