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San Francisco, CA – This is Pacific Mambo Orchestra’s first international video and single release since the San Francisco Bay Area sensation nabbed the 2013Grammy Award® for Best Tropical Latin Album.Pacific Mambo Dance is an infectious, get-off-your-feet group dance anthem that’s destined to become a new club classic and will be available digitally worldwide on March 3rd, 2015. The video is a lush Latin dream that opens with joyously teasing instrumentals (among them, co-leaders Christian Tumalan on piano and Steffen Kuehn on trumpet), then slides into hypnotic lyrics from vocalistsArmando Cordoba and Alexa W. Morales (channeling a retro crooner during some breakout swing), and is peppered throughout with sultry Latin dance moves. While all this is going on, vibrant backdrops evoke the lush colors of the tropics — with a little Grammy-inspired gold thrown in for good measure. The single and video is an audio and visual fiesta for salsa dancers and lovers alike.

PMO Band Leaders Talk About The Upcoming Single “The Pacific Mambo Dance”

2013 GRAMMY® Winner the Pacific Mambo Orchestra (aka the PMO) is a 20 piece musical group leading the rebirth of the Latin Big Band Sound. The PMO uses the traditions of the classic mambo-craze orchestras of the 1950s to deliver their original music and clever, modern arrangements of hit songs. Currently the only fully active Latin Big Band on the West Coast of the United States, this elite group of the Bay Area’s finest musicians performs in both English and Spanish, and even some French and Portuguese selections.

PMO’s sizzling, self-titled debut record honors the sounds of the great Latin Big Bands of the 1940’s through 1960’s, including Machito, Tito Puente andTito Rodriguez, while infusing them with an intoxicating new energy. Richly textured arrangements flow through the entire production, with exquisite playing by ace musicians. With a repertoire of mostly original scores, the selections move in a frenetic pace, pulsing with the sounds, rhythms and beats that only a true Big Band is capable of producing.

Their GRAMMY® award crowned the PMO’s first national tour of Performing Art Centers in the US. The tour featured Tito Puente Jr. and was received with great acclaim by fans and critics alike. Their musical numbers span many Latin genres such as Salsa, Mambo, Latin Jazz, Cha Cha Cha, along with a fusion of sounds that incorporate more modern genres (R&B, Hip Hop). The show also pays tribute to the pioneers of the classic Mambo Orchestras, all while paving the way to a bold new sound designed to reach the next generation of Big Band listeners.

Also a great honor to the PMO was to be voted BEST BAND of the 2014 Best of the Bay in the San Francisco Guardian Reader’s Poll. This Best of the Bay insert coincided with the last copy ever of the 48 year old newspaper and that issue has become a collector’s item.

The PMO is directed by Mexican-born pianist Christian Tumalan and German-born trumpeter Steffen Kuehn, each one a highly skilled and experienced artist in their own right. The band’s instrumentation consists of four Trumpets, four Trombones, five Saxophones, Piano, Bass, Timbales, Congas, Bongos and two lead singers, the lovely Ms. Alexa W. Morales and Armando Cordoba. Powered by a sensational percussion section featuring Venezuelan Timbalero Omar Ledezma Jr., Mexican Conguero Javier Cabanillas and Peruvian Bongo expert Braulio Barrera, the band also showcases savvy improvisers forged in the region’s most celebrated Latin bands.

Tito Puente Jr. says: “My late father, Tito Puente would have been proud of the amazing sound and accomplishments of the exciting Pacific Mambo Orchestra. Hands down some of the best Big Band Mambo music and sounds of today.”

“Oakland’s Surprise: Grammy-Winning Caribbean Sound – Pacific Mambo Orchestra Is Unknown No More” – Larry Rohter,New York Times

“Little-Known Pacific Mambo Orchestra Takes Tropical GRAMMY From Marc Anthony” – Judy Cantor-Navas, Billboard

For more information or Tour Dates visit PMO’s website

For Physical Distribution Inquiries please contact Steffen Franz or Ben Lang at Independent Distribution Collective at 415-292-7007 or via

For Digital Distribution Inquiries contact Jerome Forney at IDCDigital at 415-292-7007 or via

Press and Radio Inquiries contact Billy James at Glass Onyon PR at

Management: Michael Lazarus – – 775-230-6501

Booking: Tom Gold at Agency Group – – 310-385-2800

In this week’s salsa album pick, we review the outstanding new release from pianist Marlow Rosado Y La Riqueña with several guests, Salsanimal

{October 15, 2014}   World Latin Dance Cup
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What happens when you take the voice of Supermartxe, a Multi-Platinum Rapper and an International DJ/Producer and lock them all up in a room? Answer: You get the smash hit – Vic Latino Featuring Nalaya Brown & Fulanito “Conga 2014”

“Conga 2014” released release January 14, 2014 via all major digital online music retailers on Nene Musik Productions, Llc. is a remake of Miami Sound Machine’s classic hit “Conga”.  It features the soulful vocals of Nalaya Brown and Multi-Platinum selling rapper; Fulanito.  “Conga 2014” is already receiving strong support from International DJ’s and radio stations around the world.  “We are really excited about this project.  Vic Latino, Nalaya Brown and Fulanito deliver a new sound to this international classic that will make Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine proud.  We thank all the DJ’s, Music Directors, Program Directors, Record Pools, Bloggers/Media Writers for supporting this record” says Ruben D. Martinez (CEO of Nene Musik).  “Conga 2014” also features remixes from Tune~Adiks Mike Licata, David Bionic and Dom Tufaro.

The track listing for Vic Latino Featuring Nalaya Brown & Fulanito “Conga 2014” is: 01.    Vic Latino f. Nalaya Brown & Fulanito – Conga (Diego Ruiz & Vic Latino Radio Mix) 02.    Vic Latino f. Nalaya Brown & Fulanito – Conga (Diego Ruiz & Vic Latino Extended Mix) 03.    Vic Latino f. Nalaya Brown & Fulanito – Conga (Mike Licata Tune~Adiks Radio Mix) 04.    Vic Latino f. Nalaya Brown & Fulanito – Conga (Mike Licata Tune~Adiks Extended Mix) 05.    Vic Latino f. Nalaya Brown & Fulanito – Conga (Dom Tufaro Tune~Adiks Dub Mix) 06.    Vic Latino f. Nalaya Brown & Fulanito – Conga (David Bionic Tune~Adiks Remix) 07.    Vic Latino f. Nalaya Brown – Conga (Diego Ruiz & Vic Latino Original MIx) 08.    Vic Latino f. Nalaya Brown & Fulanito – Conga (Mike Licata Tune~Adiks Extended Instrumental Mix) 09.    Vic Latino f. Nalaya Brown & Fulanito – Conga (David Bionic Tune~Adiks Remix – Instrumental) 10.    Vic Latino f. Nalaya Brown & Fulanito – Conga (Diego Ruiz & Vic Latino Acapella)

About Vic Latino: Vic Latino has achieved what very few other radio personalities ever accomplish; first he reached #1 status in the toughest and most lucrative market in radio, New York.  During his very successful 5 year stint on WKTU his daily prime time radio show reached #1.  His radio popularity also made him a favorite of TV producers and Vic regularly appeared on network TV (ABC, NBC, FOX), doing everything from hosting, to giving commentary on breaking entertainment stories & reviewing the hottest CD & DVD releases. Vic eventually landed an appearance on the Emmy Award winning ELLEN show where he deejayed and did the opening monologue with Ellen Degeneres. Vic is making the smooth transition from radio to TV like his predecessors Carson Daily & Ryan Seacreast, who also hosted popular local radio shows before getting TV shows.  VIC LATINO has not slowed down since leaving WKTU in 2006.  He now co-owns 9 radios stations in NY, NJ and Florida.  To date he has released 10 very successful Dance / Electronica CD’s, all of which have either been #1 or in the Top 5 on the BILLBOARD Dance / Electronica Charts.

About Nalaya Brown: The sexy and charismatic Spanish artist is considered one of the great voices of Europe. She has performed in the best clubs and festivals worldwide such as: Rock In Rio Brazil , Rio Music Conference , Privilege Ibiza , Amnesia Ibiza , Ushuaia Hotel Ibiza, Fabrik Madrid, Dubai Cavalli , Buzios Privilege , Pacha Buzios , Brazil The Week , Circuit Festival Barcelona, Mykonos XLSIOR Festival , LGBT Pride Rome Gay Pride Mexico… Nalaya has been the only Spanish dance artist to participate in the ‘Rock In Rio 2011 in Brazil’, and opening for Lady Gaga in 2011 at the Circo Massimo in Rome Gay Pride festival in the Euro.

In addition, Nalaya is the voice of ‘SUPERMARTXE’, the most important holiday in Europe that meets every Friday in the summer with over 15,000 people on the island of Ibiza, which has a Guinness World Record.

About Fulanito: Fulanito’s founder, producer, lead singer, writer and publisher; Rafael Robert Vargas aka D.O.S.E. has earned several hit singles on both Billboard’s tropical and hot Latin tracks charts, including “Guallando,” “El Cepillo,” and “La Novela as well as having the honor of being nominated twice for a Grammy, Premio Lo Nuestro and winning several awards including: Premio ACE 1999 for Outstanding Band, Premio ACE 1998 for Impact Band of the Year, Premio ACE 1997 for Outstanding Latin Group, Premio GLOBO 1999 for Tropical Merengue Best Tipico-House Group.  D.O.S.E. is a triple threat under his aliases 2 in a Room, 740 Boyz and Fulanito which has scored several gold and platinum hits from “Wiggle It”, “El Trago”, “Shimmy Shake” and “Guallando”.

About Nene Musik Productions, Llc.: Nene Musik Productions, Llc. ( was established in 1989. Today, It is a boutique Artist Management and Consulting Agency that services Recording Artists, International DJ’s and Celebrities. Dennis Rodman, Cascada, Mia Martina and Tune~Adik’s Vic Latino are just of few on Nene Musik’s client roster. Nene Musik’s experience and commitment to excellence have earned them the reputation as one of the best Artist Management / Consulting companies in the World.

For digital copy of single please contact Digital World Promotions Tel. 772-882-7029 or email promo(at)nenemusik(dot)com

For Interviews, please contact: Nene Musik 772-807-8305 or email ceo(at)nenemusik(dot)com

{March 2, 2014}   Latino Arts, Inc.

MILWAUKEE – February 18, 2014 – Latino Arts is proud to close the spring season with a one-two of stunning performing and visual arts from world music and Latin Jazz dynamo Juancho Herrera and Boricua Fame & Bomba Negra, a new collection from Chicago-based painter Martin Soto that explores Puerto Rican dance culture and personal evolution. The fun starts on Friday, March 7 with the opening reception of Boricua Fame & Bomba Negra at 5:00 p.m. in the Latino Arts Gallery before Juancho Herrera takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. in the Latino Arts Auditorium.

With more than twenty years of experience playing music for crowds over several continents, guitarist, vocalist, and composer Juancho Herrera has established himself as one of the most exciting names in Latin Jazz. Currently based in New York City, Herrera’s versatility and virtuosity as a guitarist have taken him around the world, from his roots in Colombia and Venezuela to playing with a diverse array of jazz and world music all-stars including Lila Downs, Alejandro Sanz, Branford Marsalis, Mercedes Sosa, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and The Chieftains. Herrera takes the stage in the Latino Arts Auditorium for two student matinee performances on Thursday, March 6 at 10:30 a.m. and Friday, March 7 at 10:30 a.m. and in his evening showcase on Friday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available through an exclusive collaboration with at:

Tickets for evening performances in the Latino Arts Auditorium: General Admission $15, Seniors (60+) and Full-Time Students $10, $8 per student in groups of 10 or more. Dinner & A Show includes a General Admission ticket to the performance and the Friday fish buffet in Café el Sol (beverages and gratuity not included) for $25. Ticket prices for student matinee performances in the Latino Arts Auditorium: $12 Adults & Seniors, $8 Students & Kids (3 Years and Older).

Painter Martin Soto’s work celebrates the dance of life—transformations, the rhythm of our beating hearts and breaths, and the all-embracing energy of cosmic cycles of inspiration. His pieces touch on the presence of African aesthetics in contemporary western art and speak to the vibrancy of Puerto Rican culture. In his glowing review of Soto’s Boricua Fame & Bomba Negra collection, artist and curator Edward Maldonado notes that these new pieces “have taken a more personal and introspective direction,” citing that “the works utilize fluidity of paint and immediacy of drawing to gesture the flow of waters, volcanic eruptions, and lava flows – movements directed from the inner to the outer, as if natural ruptures are now evidence of the artist’s current psychic state.” Boricua Fame & Bomba Negra will be on display in the Latino Arts Gallery February 28 through June 6 with an opening reception on Friday, March 7 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Exhibitions in the Latino Arts Gallery are open to the public Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for a suggested donation of $1.

For more information about Latino Arts’ performances and exhibitions, visit The Latino Arts Auditorium and Gallery are located in the United Community Center at 1028 South 9th Street in Milwaukee.

About Latino Arts, Inc.

With roots going back more than 25 years, Latino Arts, Inc. was formally established in 1997. Since then, the organization has brought cultural awareness, artistic and educational experiences, and a diversity of Hispanic artists from throughout the Spanish-speaking world to share their talents with the greater Milwaukee community. More information is available at

Salsa: Mambo Legends Orchestra release their new album “Watch Out! (Ten Cuidao)” on theClave.
A recent reorganization brings the former Tito Puente musicians together as the Mambo Legends Orchestra; as the band furthers its reach and continues to create music which overwhelms the senses and gives audiences worldwide a new standard for salsa.

The Mambo Legends Orchestra is led by John ‘Dandy’ Rodriguez, Mitch Frohman and musically directed by Jose Madera, each having spent over 25 years working with Tito Puente. The focus of the band is driven by their dedication to keeping the sound of the 50’s and 60’s Palladium era music thriving and moving forward.

John ‘Dandy’ Rodriguez
John spent over 30 years with the Tito Puente Orchestra, also working with Tito Rodriguez from 1965 to 1968 and with Ray Barretto from 1970 until the end of 1972. John went on to form his successful ‘Tipica 73’ band in 1972, which he was with until 1979. Following this, he went back to work with Tito Puente, playing alongside him until his death in May of 2000.

Jose Madera
Jose spent 31 years with the Tito Puente Orchestra. While there, he served as a percussionist and later went on to become a musical arranger and the musical director of the orchestra. He has written many arrangements for countless commercial Latin artists and has recorded or worked with many of them as well. Some of them include Larry Harlow, Johnny Pacheco, Chico O’Farill, Machito, Graciela, Mario Bauza, Willie Rosario, Earl Klughand, The Lincoln Center Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, Celia Cruz, Tito Rodriguez, Fania All-Stars, Willie Colon, Joe Farrell and Eddie Palmieri to name a few. Jose has also worked and recorded with many pop, R&B and jazz artists. Some of them include Diana Ross, James Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Paquito D’Rivera, George Benson and Lionel Hampton among others.

Mitch Frohman
Mitch is one of the top saxophonist/flutists on the music scene. For 25 years he was the sax and flute soloist with the Tito Puente Orchestra and Latin-Jazz Ensemble, Mitch continues his work as co-leader with the Mambo Legends Orchestra. Some of the great Salsa and Latin Jazz artists he has played and or recorded with are Mongo Santamaria, Celia Cruz, La Lupe, Eddie and Charlie Palmieri, Paquito D’Rivera, Chico O’Farill Orchestra, Millie Jocelyn y Los Vecinos, Cheo Feliciano, Joe Cuba and many more. He has also played and or recorded with Cyndi Lauper, Paul Simon, David Byrne, Talking Heads and Blood, Sweat and Tears.

Check it out and I hope to see you on the dance floor.
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Latina Danza de Arte ” The Latin Dance Arts ” have several unique traditions which makes it deferent from what both European and North American social dance functions in both the role of partnerships and performance ethnologies.  None the less, and within the historic context, the evolution of partnership roles are more stunning in their social practice.

The male must at all time stand within the social expectation of standing tall and proud, macho.  This means being reserve, gentlemen, and a standard bearer of what his family values are, and are likewise protected by the full force of his strengths. This the cornerstone of how they self – represents their traditions of family in their social contract within the overall Latin communities in which they are a member.

This is extremely reflected in their — males — hold formal proud posture in Latin dance socials, and where they are able to communicate their likewise formal masculine reserve while triggering within the females interests in their macho personage.  Thus the actions of  his hips denotes additional strengths and at the same time a proud very religious — Catholic inspired — reserve as they are social forbidden to articulate verbally,  they are sexual by  intent.  In accordance and noted by his emphasis of what he wears, and the manners he exhibits, the dance movement he socially demonstrates is a formal and deeply personal offering to each female to fully explore her full enjoyment of dancing; and being in his presence partnering  according an additional invitation for her stylistic self – promoting creativity along with strong connections to her unspoken sexuality.  His social success among his male peers in social dance is depended on how he must be able to allow each female partner to enjoy herself and the level of creative high she is able to obtain in his presence facilitated by his reserve partnership role.  Those who attempt to out – shine his female partner of each dance is immediately shunned by the social dance’s male peers, and silently laugh at by the female peers as well.

The role function of roles for females in traditional Latin social dance is to exhibit fully the power of life.  That she is the life giver and that her dance demonstration represents the full power of the festival enjoyment of life.  This is the cornerstone and foundation of each marriage to which her  role as life giver is its sole base.

Note: Women’s Liberation took a more dynamic cultural hold within Latin American societies, who at the time were political controlled countries; thus their cultural liberation took place about 150 years before the feminist American cultural liberation of the 1970s.  In each nation where they status of controls became democratic female liberation became immediately focused; thus Eva Peron became possible.  This reflected their International feminist leadership roles far and beyond the similar efforts by American feminist, and the power they Internationally demonstrated was singularly cultural invested by their unique cognition of being the giver of life.

Thus has she enters the presence of each male partner she is first meek in her acceptance to dance, but as she initial explores his strengths and calm she flares outs in total rhythm concordance with the music.  In most traditional social dance setting, the male is able to promote her initial dance movement to allow her to be more creative.  The partnership takes hold. and with out a word spoken a covenant is instantaneous as she progressive becomes more creative in her dance movement creating the magical contrast between the reserve dignified males and the full of life females. She is never held back in her desire to enjoy each moment of the temporal partnering as her male partner feels the power of her importance of being the life givers as she gives life to their dance, and he the power of being protector of that life.

There have been many stories of how each Latin couple initial met and how each knew they found the right spouse as most it started in just one dance they shared in partnership.

Mr. Roger M. Christian

Latina Danza de Arte Master, Ithaca and World Community

Italy's Stefano Di Filippo and Anna Melnikova are the No. 1 Latin dance couple in the world.

Italy’s Stefano Di Filippo and Anna Melnikova are the No. 1 Latin dance couple in the world.

Here we see how the Ballroom version of Latin dance is now being  judged in Europe in which close contact is required.  Italy’s Stefano Di Filippo and Anna Melnikova are the No. 1 Latin dance couple in the world.

Moreover, both have likewise exerted total sensuality into their competitional program.  Each competing couple has a program [ or tactical plan to win ] of choreography,  phychological dance personas to impact agressive challenges to other competing couples, and varied twist of how to upgrade their dance presence on the dance floor – as a means to capture as much of the time of each judge has to issue earned competing points.

This is to give this visual inorder for you start to adapt to the course’s framework and presentation.


Latin Dance Classes Ithaca WebSite. is now being remastered and will contain an update on Mr. Roger M. Christina teaching Latin Dance Classes in Ithaca once more. This will be the more American Ballroom Traditional form of Latin Social Dance.


Latina Danza De Arte:  This is a class which was attempted to be taught at the Chanticleer ‘ UpStaris ‘, but due to its sensual nature it was too much for Ithaca to handel.

The focus is the very, very native aspects of Latina Danza as it was danced first in the small towns and villiages, which then emerged in two different directions as a result of Cuban society undergoing urbanization.

One:  Mambo [ 2s ] which was more acceptable by the Euro-Hispanic population of Cubans:

Two: Son Montuno [ 1s ] which was more acceptable by both the Afro-Cuban and adjacent Islander populations of the Carribean basin of nations.

Others: Son de Cuba, Merengue, and Gaunguanacha.

None the less the accent will be focused on its sensual origins which is how both dance forms emerged and why they became the mainstay in Cuban sociocultural interactions through the emerging social dances of small communities which saw their direct influence emerging during the period of Cuban urbanizations.  Thus there will be a 4 hour orientation class which full explanations are given as to dance program charts, personal release forms – in as much as the couple dynamics are both set to each body lines and sensual reactions, and further detail focus on the three available course extensions which are then offered.  Two [ one including the high sensual charged ~Lambada ~ ] of which are age restricted and One of which is much more toned down coruse for all ages.

See ya….

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