Miami-based timba band Tiempo Libre is one of very few contemporary Cuban groups in the U.S. to emphasize what many feel to be the more aggressive side of Cuban music. The intensity of timba is certainly not for everyone; this new-millennium form of “salsa-on-steroids” represents perhaps the least subtle of the island’s dance-infused genres, perplexing fans of the more traditional (and nostalgic) repertoire with its time-bending breaks and in-your-face tumbaos and montunos. Thanks to the youth and effervescence of this powerhouse group, however, the new face of Miami has embraced timba well beyond Cuban borders. Lo Que Esperabas follows Tiempo Libre’s Grammy-nominated Arroz con Mango with unbridled energy perfectly suited to the needs of dancers.
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