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July 2015

Spotlight Thursday!

Reynaldo Gonzalez’s Matanzas-Style Afro-Cuban Dance Workshop

This week I caught up with Reynaldo Gonzalez in his Matanzas-Style Afro-Cuban dance Workshop. Reynaldo is here visiting from Boston and taught a 2 hour class this Wednesday and will be teaching an entirely different class this Friday August 31st.

About the Class

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This Wednesday’s class was a high energy lesson that consisted of Arara: Ebioso (Shango), Azowuano (Babalu Aye) & Yoruba Bembe Rythms: Oya and Oggun.  The class was accompanied by live drummers and singers.  The instructor Reynaldo also shared some of his singing skills with us as he led the class.  The workshop participants echoed in by chanting the choruses of many traditional songs that were played and sung throughout the workshop.  This was not only a highly energetic class but it was also a very informative one where the instructor provided the history and meaning behind the dances in addition to breaking down the dance steps.  Reynaldo’s approach of lecturing while teaching the dance workshop helped facilitate the dance lesson by bringing more awareness to the participants body movement, thereby enhancing the precision of every dance step.

If you missed this Wednesday’s class, you’re in luck!  Reynaldo will be teaching one more workshop this Friday July 31st which will consist of Bantu: Palo and Makuta & Rumba: Yambu and Guaguanco in Matanzas-style from 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM.  The cost of this 2 hour workshop is only $20.  Be sure to check it out!

Workshop InfoFriday July 31st 6:00-8:00pm at Lucid Body, 230 Lexington Ave ( Bet. E33rd St & E34th St.) 2nd Floor.  Bantu: Palo and Makuta & Rumba: Yambu and Guaguanco in Matanzas-style! For more information about the workshop, Click Here!

About the Instructor

Reynaldo Gonzalez is originally from Matanzas, Cuba and is an experienced instructor of folkloric dance, percussion and song. He danced and sang with the the Cuban folkloric group, Afro-Cuba de Matanzas for 14yrs. Reynaldo has been based in Boston since 2000 and has continued to perform and teach nationally and internationally.  He also participated in cultural exchanges in Africa: the Republic of Congo in 1986 and Angola in1987.  source

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Written By: 931296_3077553634727_1889217627_n (1)Marie is the founder of Sabor Del Caribe Blog. Her mission is to share and educate others about the fullness of the Caribbean’s culture through music, dance, food, fashion etc.  She also aims to keep her readers up to date on current events ranging from: political/economic issues currently faced in the Caribbean as well as social events and parties that are taking place in the  local community & worldwide.


‪#‎afrocuban‬ ‪#‎matanzas‬ ‪#‎reynaldogonzalez‬ ‪#‎arra‬ ‪#‎yoruba‬ ‪#‎bantu‬ ‪#‎Makuta‬ ‪#‎Rumba‬ ‪#‎palo

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Video pick of the week!

Yoliana Conde’s Performance at the 3rd Annual “QUE VIVA LA SALSA” Congress In Italy 

Yoliana Conde Perez, the artist performing in this video, is currently among the most renown dancers in Italy and in the world of salsa and Caribbean dance throughout Europe. Yoliana graduated from the “Escuela Nacional de Arte de Cuba” in 1999 with specializations in Modern Dance, Contemporary Dance, Classical Dance, Theatre/Acting, Singing and Music, Popular Dances as well as National Folk Dances and International Dances (ranging from Son, Rumba, Afro, Salsa, Danzon, Mozambique, Pillon, Cha Cha Cha, Cumbia, Flamenco, Tango and Tap Dance), Choreography as well as Acrobatic and Rhythmic Gymnastics.  The Cuban dancer & instructor has been living in Rome, Italy since 2011 and has a very unique style which she refers to as #condestyle. This style strongly reflects her diverse dance background and training. The video below is a great example of her amazing style and talent!

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VIDEO: YOLIANA CONDE QUE VIVA LA SALSA 3° SHOW June 6 2015 by Maurizio”


Written By: 931296_3077553634727_1889217627_n (1)Marie is the founder of Sabor Del Caribe Blog. Her mission is to share and educate others about the fullness of the Caribbean’s culture through music, dance, food, fashion etc.  She also aims to keep her readers up to date on current events ranging from: political/economic issues currently faced in the Caribbean as well as social events and parties that are taking place in the  local community & worldwide.


#CubaDesdeItalia ‪#‎cuba‬ ‪#‎yolianaconde‬ ‪#‎condestyle‬ #YolianaCondePerez
‪ #‎cubanculture‬ #‎afrocuban #afrocubanfusion #dancefusion #cubanfusion #quevivalasalsa

“Donald Trump ten cuidado con el Chapo”

Pitbull Sends a controversial message to Donald trump!

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Last night Pitbull was truly the man of the hour when he made the following remarks to Donald Trump while receiving his award, by first giving a shout-out to Miami-Dade county, 305 and thanking all of the Latin artists who were nominated and opened doors/paved the way and that keeps the Latin movement going:

“Now that I have the microphone, give me a minute. I would like to say many thanks to this guy who has invited to me to dinner in his hotels, who has flown me in his helicopter and I’ve also stayed in his hotels. & honestly, I really had a different view about this person, and this person turns out to be Donald Trump. I would like him to know that I’m not a politician, I’m a musician but more than anything else I am a Latino! So to all of the outside world (outside culture),  I want to say to Marco Rubio step up your game, Jet bush step up your game, Hillary Clinton step up your game, because Donald Trump can not be President! And to all the Latinos & outside world, always moving up and forward! & Donald Trump Beware of El Chapo, Babo (slime)!!!!”

#pitbull#elchapo#sabordelcaribe#sabordelcaribeblog#donaldtrump


Univision: “Pitbull manda controversial mensaje a Donald Trump ¡Momento de la noche! Pitbull fue el primer galardonado en Premios Juventud 2015 y en su discurso advirtió a Donald Trump cuidarse del Chapo Guzmán.”

Watch the full clip herehttp://musica.univision.com/video/619742/2015-07-16/premios-juventud/videos/pitbul-envio-un-mensaje-a-donald-trump/null


Written By: 931296_3077553634727_1889217627_n (1)Marie is the founder of Sabor Del Caribe Blog. Her mission is to share and educate others about the fullness of the Caribbean’s culture through music, dance, food, fashion etc.  She also aims to keep her readers up to date on current events ranging from: political/economic issues currently faced in the Caribbean as well as social events and parties that are taking place in the  local community & worldwide.


#univision#pitbull#elchapo

The Fiesta del Fuego (Feast of Fire)

The Fiesta del Fuego (Feast of Fire), officially know as the “Festival del Caribe” (Caribbean Festival),  took place on July 5th this year in Santiago de Cuba.  This festival has been in existence since 1981 and takes place during the first week of July.  Many countries throughout the Caribbean and South America participate in this event.  It is estimated that approximately 200 artists from 18 countries attend this event on an annual basis .  One of the countries that is very well represented in this festival is Haiti.  This is no surprise, considering the significant influence that Haiti has had on Cuban culture and dance.  Below  are some pictures from this year’s festival.  To learn more about this festival please check out the excerpt below from the website “Cuban Adventures” .

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An Excerpt From the Website “Cuban Adventures”

“The Fiesta del Fuego, officially known as the Festival del Caribe takes places each year in the first weeks of July in the city of Santiago de Cuba. Santiago the prior capitol city of Cuba is situated on the Eastern tip of the island and is geographically the heart of the Caribbean.

An exciting array of performances, exhibitions, workshops and street activities take place throughout Santiago de Cuba during this festival………………

The ‘Feast of Fire’, or ‘the Caribbean Festival’ is one of the most important cultural events for the Ministry of Culture of Cuba – organised by the ‘Casa de Caribe’.

It includes the participation of over 200 thousand artists and intellectuals from approximately 18 countries and a similar number of national participants, who meet between 3 and 9 July in forty spaces around the city of Santiago de Cuba, some 140 individual music and/or dance performances, magic/religious ceremonies, art exhibitions and theoretical activities to exchange anything having to do with history, religion and culture of the area.”

For more detailed  info visit:  https://cubagrouptour.com/information/cuba/events/fuego/index.html


Written By: 931296_3077553634727_1889217627_n (1)Marie is the founder of Sabor Del Caribe Blog. Her mission is to share and educate others about the fullness of the Caribbean’s culture through music, dance, food, fashion etc.  She also aims to keep her readers up to date on current events ranging from: political/economic issues currently faced in the Caribbean as well as social events and parties that are taking place in the  local community & worldwide.

#Aboutthisweekend: Kassav’s Concert In NYC

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The legendary Kassav played at Terminal 5 in NYC this weekend!!!  This band has been around since 1979 and is still going on strong! Their performance was epic & the band still sounds the same. For instance, Jacob F. Desvarieux who has a very unique and distinct voice, still sounds AMAZING!  The band played songs from some of their top hits ranging from: Kaye Mamman, Siwo and of course their greatest hit, Zouk-La-Se Sel Medikaman Nou Ni. If you dance zouk, “Brazilian zouk”, kizomba etc… & don’t know about Kassav, you better ask somebody! Do your research, learn the history!!! Respect greatness! Knowledge is power!!!

Kassav In Concert at Terminal 5
Kassav In Concert at Terminal 5
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Kassav In Concert at Terminal 5

Click here to see a video of the concert!

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The Sabor Del Caribe Blog’s mission is to share and educate others about the fullness of the Caribbean’s culture through music, dance, food, fashion etc. We will also aim to keep you up to date on current events ranging from: political/economic issues currently faced in the Caribbean as well as social events and parties that are taking place in our local community & worldwide.

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