Calle Soun – Pa La Calle


The meeting between the Cuban conguero Fernando Sanchez and the Colombian percussionist and arranger Fernando Valencia in Arkansas (USA) resulted in the birth of the band Soul Street, an ensemble based in the time of the salsa that flirts with the blues and a strong influence of timba.

Pa La Calle, an album in which Andrew Thompson wrote all the compositions and arrangements, includes 12 original tracks that show a great influence of the musical speech of the Cuban Van Van. Trombones, violins and flute, as well as most vowels in English, are the hallmark of Arkansas.

Nothing Mas opens the album with the excellent voice of Aricka Lewis. Dancing With The Rain is another salsa with good performance of Garcia in the vocal part while The Eyes, number that bridges with the cha cha cha, presents the outstanding performance of Andrew Thompson in the guitar solo Bien Sabroso is a jam with outstanding performance by flutist Nathan McLeod and saxophonist Mitch Yeager. In The End presents Judd Burns on vocals. Brandy presents a sticky and danceable rhythm. Pa’La Calle, number that gives its name to the album, closes with an up-tempo download

It is not easy to put together a song with well structured English texts and Calle Soul, honoring his name, mastered this art perfectly. Good balance in this debut, which is absolved with luxury of details.

Calle Soul – Nada Mas

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I was Born 18th of may.1981 in Zagreb the capital city of Republic of Croatia. I Found my passion for music and dancing in late 1996, by being part of subcultural hip-hop scene as a b-boy (breakdancer). As part of hip-hop scene, I have been introduced to ”the art of turntablism” and I have to say that it was a love at first sight, the power to control the people by selecting the songs and the art of mixing oh my god from that moment I knew that this is something for me. I didn’t start as latin DJ at the beginnings, I was learning more about hip-hop, funk and soul music at that time, because to be honest there was nobody to teach me about latin music. Later on, when I was traveling I heard term ”Salsa” and I don’t know why but it was planted in my brain, and I start hearing that word more and more, so as some story would start ”once upon a time” I end up go to a salsa party and I expected to be another latin and ballroom dance but I was so wrong. I was amazed by the freedom of dancing, completely free with pure love and passion like there is nothing else between dancing couples nothing but the moment that they share right here and right now, in front of my eyes I witness something amazing, a dancing that is free driven by creativity of partner to lead the way and girl to follow with endless possibility of adding your own style and moves into it. ”So we can say I have become a fan” I was so happy that in one night I have discovered: salsa, bachata, and merengue so my journey has started. I start learning about it and collecting the music anything I could get my hands on, most of the time when I was traveling because latin music as you can assume is not very popular in my country. So as salsa music and dancing was spreading the world as an unstoppable virus that simply gets everyone to become an instant fan, I have discovered more about great names of latin music like Fania All-Stars, Tito Puente, Hector Lavoe, Ismael Rivera, Benny Moré and much more great names. I also have to learn about Guaguancó, Cuban Rumba, Mambo, and Guaracha so more I have learned I was fascinated and I wanted to know more and more about it. As time was passing there was a bachata wave coming to hit the Europe with the first commercial hit in early 2000’s the one and only Judy Santons and Grupo Aventura with big hit ”Obsesion” even I knew some old school bachata artists I did follow the wave and learn all about it. Last but not least there was an explosion of kizomba that is still on fire, and I have to say at beginning I was not a big fan, but once I have sneak deeper into the history and discovered semba and hearing the kizomba all the time I guess I have used to it, and later on even fall in love with the music and dancing. There is numerous salsa styles, bachata styles, kizomba styles and above all we have a lot of festivals and congresses look like it has become a good business model. With that being said I am happy to be part of some of those events and I am truly grateful for my knowledge about the music and culture, that helped me to be invited to some of the major events and opportunity to meet new and great people. Today I am a founder of website that helps artists, musician, festivals, dance schools and much more to promote themselves. In same time helping people to find great venues and review them in order to make the scene even better.


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