Cuba, timba

Ivan El Hijo de Teresa pays homage to two Havana neighborhoods with their single, Marianao – the working class neighborhood of Marianao and the Guanabacoa neighborhood known for its strong history of Santeria religion.

The band doesn’t have much of a discography – as far as I can tell they have only one track out on a compilation and this single. That said, this single in my mind – if they can keep up like this – firmly establishes them as a top Cuban timba band at the moment.

The first song and title track is instantly catchy – a real earworm. It starts strong and never lets up, with lots of electrifying efectos from the rhythm section and a killer hook.

The second song, Guanabacoa starts slow and soft before kicking into gear with another fast-paced dancefloor weapon.

I am excited to see this band live and regret missing an opportunity to see them on a recent trip to Havana. Also very interested to hear if they can sustain the quality of this single on a full-length release.