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Jose Lorenzo “Timbason la Original Yo Soy el Q Soy”

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Jose Lorenzo Reyna left Cuba in 1994 at the age of 17 by swimming for three days to the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo. Eventually he made his way to Richmond, VA to learn English, pursue his passion for music and study Fine Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University. He formed his band Timbason la Original in 1998 which performs traditional and new Cuban music. The band evokes the “spine-tingling effect” of mambo, cha-cha,Timba, salsa, son and bolero—inspiring its audiences to grab a mojito and hit the dance floor.

Timbason takes its name from Son, the most influential form of Latin music in the late 1800s, and Timba, a Cuban version of America’s soul and funk. The newest and most provocative music out of Cuba, Timba is like salsa on steroids. It incorporates Brazilian music, R&B, hip-hop, Latin jazz and Cuban salsa. Son, on the other hand, is a style of dance music that originated in the Oriente province of Cuba. It is the foundation of modern salsa. Timbason combines all of this in a unique hybrid of modern Cuban music that is more up-to-date and more in tune with the real music that Cubans listen to today.

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