August 30. In case you missed the item
on the home page, I've started a web log, AKA a "blog."
This will allow all sorts of self-indulgent nonsense, but more importantly,
it lets me update the site from any computer in the world, so when
I'm out of the country I can still post my blatherings. Take a look
at the Mambo Blogorama, and feel
free to post your comments!
August 28. The CD is now officially released
in the USA, Germany, Spain and Japan. Gracias a mis amigos at Cuba
Chévere in Berlin for making this happen. They will be able
to get the album out in places I couldn't have possibly done as
an independent. The CD was released earier this summer in Italy
and Switzerland by Yo Mambo, and in the Netherlands by our friends
at Walboomers Music. It will be released in France by Walboomers
later this year.
August 12. Two weeks and counting until
Entre La Habana Y El Yuma is released on August 26. Mamborama.com
is offering a "virtual listening post" of the new CD here.
August 1. That long-winded report on making
the new album is now online here. Also,
I've put a collection of miscellaneous Cuba photos on the site.
In other news, Mamborama's Es solo musica was selected for
inclusion on the recently released Rough Guide To Latin Jazz.
July 18. Entre La Habana Y El Yuma
is slated for release on August 26 in the US, UK, Spain, Germany
and Japan by Cuba Chévere Records! It is out now in Italy
and doing great there. La Gata Loca is on almost all the club DJs
top ten lists, and my sources in Italy tell me that people are going
crazy for it. The CD is also available in the Netherlands, courtesy
of Walboomers Music. In the coming weeks, you will be able to audition
the CD on this site, so check back. There will also be another of
my long-winded reports about the making of the album. Stay tuned...
25. Gadzooks, I tend to ignore this page, don't I? Hey, I've
been busy, give me a break! The album is DONE! What a long, strange
and wonderful trip it was, too. Entre La Habana Y El Yuma
contains eleven new Mamborama tunes, recorded, like the title says,
between Cuba and LA, with three different configurations of monster
Cuban músicos. I am lucky and privileged to be able to work
with such amazing players. AND, I have just lined up a deal with
a great company that will get this record out into the world far
more than I ever could on my own. I'll be announcing details of
that shortly, along with the estimated release date, which is going
to be around mid-summer. I can't wait to turn this baby looseI'm
extremely proud of it!
January 10. I've been working nonstop recording
in LA with Jimmy Branly, Luis Eric, Rigoberto Lopez and Coky Garcia.
These guys have played with the likes of Issac Delgado, NG La Banda,
Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Adalberto Alvarez, Paulito FG, and now they have
to put up with me. We're also doing some tracks for my next solo
CD, Dos Vidas. Next week I'm off to Cannes, France to wheel
and deal at the Midem music biz conference. Mamborama intends to
take over Europe when the new CD is released!
21. Back from a month in La Habana, where I recorded six tunes
for the new album. ALL my dreams came true on this trip! I was privileged
to record with musicians from Manolito Y Su Trabuco and Klimax,
including Giraldo Piloto. Sixto "El Indio" Llorente, my
favorite cantante, sings lead on three songs, and we wrote two of
them together. Gracias, Indio! There are solos by "Pupy"
Pedroso, Manolito Simonet, David Bencomo (flute, Trabuco) and Julio
Padrón. The rest of the album is being recorded in the states
with Jimmy Branly, Luis Eric and the usual suspects. Because of
this dual country recording, the album is titled: Entre La Habana
Y El Yuma (between Havana and the States. "El Yuma"
is Cuban slang for the US).
November 22. Wow, I haven't updated this
page in TOO long. It's not that there hasn't been any news, it's
just that I've been way too busy. The new Mamborama album is being
recorded now, and I hope it turns out the way I plan. There should
be a few surprises on it for sure. I'll be in Havana through most
of December, so I'll have some updates on that when I get back.
June 2. Just received sample copies of
the Caliente Festival 2002 compilation CD from Warner Music Switzerland.
Mamborama's Cuba Te Llama follows Manolito Y Su Trabuco's
Calienticamente Caliente. We're running with the big dogs
here! The coolest thing is that there is a bonus CD which was recorded
live at last year's Havana Caliente Festival with Los Van Van, Issac
Delgado, NG La Banda and more.
May 21. Preproduction for the next Mamborama
CD is well underway. Several of the new tunes have been test-driven
before live audiences, and we expect to start recording this summer.
Got some surprises planned for this onestay tuned.
May 11. Back from Havana. Full report available
April 26. Leaving for two glorious weeks
in La Habana. See you when I get backunless I decide to stay...
March 21. The Ala Bianca Group in Italy
has licensed two Mamborama songs for their upcoming La Noche
Cubana, Vol. 16 compilation CD.
A big hello to Nelly Nehal who wrote us
from Nairobi, Kenya:
hi bill, i'm from nairobi,kenya and its on the
eastern side of africa, i was born here and the music is very similar
to that of latin america.
i'm a 16 year old girl with beautiful eyes. i learned about latin
american music when i was 6 years old since then its always been
on the top of my music play list.
you should come and visit kenya one day, i might even take you around.
the capital of kenya is nairobi and thats where i live,my father
and i are BIG fans of mamborama.