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What comes out when you combine Cuban musicians living in Germany and Switzerland with a bass player and bandleader from Slovenia?
- There comes out "Tokame", a new band that mixes Cuban rhythms with funk and soul.
Michel Valdes Martínez and Oslen Ceballos / Yuliesky Gonzáles guapeando on trumpet, has a nice smooth groove that captivates dancers all over. Things get more aggressive on the intoxicating "No te metas conmigo". Here Mayelis Guyat shows she has swing and flavor for days. Aquilla Fearon sinks her teeth on "Dime qué tú quieres". And while I'm not a fan of Salsa sung in English, it's been working on the choral solution in Spanish and that funky piano riff by Dalia Prada. And just in case you did not take the band seriously, they provide two instrumentals, "El paseo" and "Danzoneton". Both tunes give room for each musician to shine.
Tókame has laid down the foundations for a solid debut. Let's hope they continue to grow. These are the bands we need to support.