Beginners Guide Timba is the first major compilation CD to comprehensively
showcase the contemporary Afro-Cuban style of salsa, otherwise known as timba.
Timba was born in the barrios of Havana in the early 1990s when a new generation
of innovative young Cuban musicians created a sound that blended traditional
Afro-Cuban dance rhythms, such as rumba and son, with the swing of New York
salsa and jazz, reggae, funk, rock and hip hop.
fresh, uniquely Cuban sound was aimed squarely at a young audience, employing
much Cuban street slang of the day, and was labelled timba to distinguish it
from the less musically complex salsa coming out of the U.S, Puerto Rico and
Latin America. Typically, a timba line-up will include a full “rock” drum kit
alongside traditional congos and bongos, melodically sung verses will lead into
rapped or shouted choruses, while the songs themselves often give way to heavily
the 1990s, as Cuba opened-up to the outside world, via tourism, commerce and
cultural exchange, Timba’s popularity spread beyond Cuba’s borders. Today,
people can be found dancing to timba in nightclubs around the world, from London
to Tokyo, Sydney to New York.
Beginners Guide To Timba is an extensive anthology of this enduringly popular
and influential music, which, over three CDs, tells the story of its rise from
the vibrant Havana streets of the 1990s (CD1), through to its explosion in
international popularity in the new millennium (CD2) and right up to date, with
the timba tracks that are filling dance floors in 2011 (CD3). It’s been compiled
by Jim Layne, the UK’s leading Afro-Cuban salsa/timba