The good folks at Babaluu (Nubia and Pilar) have asked me to take over their Thursday nights. So starting October 22nd, I will be DJ'ing a night that I am calling Salsamundo.
It's a format that I started to develop at Lula on a Saturday night, where I'd string together a mix of music in every genre from Colombian, Cuban, Vintage, Romantica through to African....
On one hand, I don't want to play the same format as I do Sundays, (about 80/20% cuban/non-cuban), on the other hand I couldn't possibly play an evening of salsa without Issac,Adalberto, Van Van, Manolito etc etc,. So there is a blend somewhere that I want to develop into something unique to the dancers and party people of Babaluu's.
My good friend Erica (Colombiana by background, VanVanera by inclination) was very influential in opening my mind to these possibilities.
In 2003, I found myself bombing along the Malecon in my buddy Luis' crapped out Lada, grooving to Puerto Rican Power at ear-splitting volume. I was in my 100% Timba phase at the time and didn't get it at first, listening to Puerto Rican salsa in Cuba.
I understand a lot better now.