Mamborama is an international group comprised
of North American and Cuban musicians. Their trademark blend of
modern Cuban rhythms with jazz and R&B influences has gained
acceptance throughout the world. The latest CD, Entre La Habana
Y El Yuma, was recorded in part in Havana, Cuba with some of
the leading musical figures in Cuban music today. The CD features
guest appearances by top Cuban singer Sixto Llorente "El Indio,"
Manolito Simonet, "Pupy" Pedroso, and Klimax bandleader
Their songs have
been featured on the PBS show American Family and have been
licensed to several compilation CDs, including the very first track
of the recently released Rough Guide To Latin Jazz. Mamborama's
music has been played on Mp3.com over 400,000 times.
Founder Bill Wolfer, a Grammy-nominated songwriter
and producer, was recently interviewed on two of the top Cuban radio
stations while visiting Havana last June. The group's music has
been played all over the world--this web site has gotten fan mail
from such far flung places as the Ukraine, Kenya and Indonesia.
Bill Wolfer: One of the most gratifying
moments of my life was standing in Casa De La Musica in Havana with
El Indio when the DJ put on La Gata Loca for the first time.
The whole place got up and danced, even though they'd never heard
the tune before. The Cubans are the toughest audience, especially
for someone like me, who isn't even Cuban.
Wolfer has been to Havana, Cuba four times to
study the music further. He took piano lessons from two of the top
players in the country today, Manolito Simonet of Manolito Y Su
Trabuco, and Marcos Greco of the group Klimax.
The music scene down there is amazing right
nowthe Cuban conservatories are cranking out musical geniuses
by the dozens. The groups are incredible, and the Cuban Salsa known
as Timba is fantastic musicvery sophisticated. Its one
of those rare moments in time where something completely new is
happening in music, like New York in the 40s and 50s
with the birth of be-bop, or the London rock scene in the sixties.
For me, Cuba is where its happening today. It felt like being
in on something that is on the verge of being discovered by the
whole world, a completely new kind of music.
Mamboramas music has its roots in traditional
Cuban Son and Descargas, as well as having one foot in the newer
styles of Songo and Timba. I wanted the music to be as authentic
as possible. I told the guys that I wanted it to sound so Cuban,
that you could smell the cigars. On the other hand, I didnt
want to get too authenticthat would just be a reconstruction,
and that can get pretty sterile. I am a Yanqui after all,
and those sensibilities are going to be there, no matter what, but
thats hopefully what makes our music fresh, that blend of
Cuban and American Jazz influences. All music is a fusion of one
sort or another.
For more information on the group, read Bill Wolfer's
account, Mamborama: The Story So Far.
Order Mamborama's CDs online at