Salsa video with Javier Moreno & Friends

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This week we bring you a beautiful song called “Un montón de estrellas” by Cuban composer Polo Montañez. Marc Anthony has also previously recorded songs of this great composer, such as the romantic “Flor Palida”.

For this we produced a fantastic collaboration with several musician from around the world, and encouraged several salsa dance lovers to send their videos dancing to the song, and we received a great response.

Un monton de estrellas talks about a broken heart, about how a girl plays with a man’s feelings showing some interest for him but then not going further, and Polo talks about how he feels like a fool for believing her and his desperation because he can’t forget her.

The song is fairly long, over 6 minutes, and we had the voice of Spanish singer Graciela Rodriguez to sing a verse and backing vocals, the piano skills of Colombian Nene Fernandez, the percussions of Cuban Maestro Sergio Marciano Pereda, on the bass Argentinian Javier Fioramonti, Spanish guitarist Andres Garcia from Granada, and myself on vocals and the production.

They are all musicians I met and worked with during my life in England.

For the dancers we have again several countries represented, from the slums of Uganda, through the Venezuelan countryside, to a UK back garden.

You can dance to salsa music even if you don’t know the steps, you can dance it on your own or with a partner, and there are several videos and tutorials online to learn the basic steps. Dancing is a great way to socialise and make new friends, and I am a dancing lover myself!

About Polo Montañez:

Montañez was born Fernando Borrego Linares in Sierra del Rosario, Pinar del Río, on a farm known as El Brujito. At an early age he worked various jobs including driving a tractor, milking cows, making charcoal, assisting on the family farm, and as a lumberjack. In his spare time, Montañez would go from house to house singing. He began to sing and play in local parties and family gatherings with his father. In those gatherings, he started playing the tumbadora and the guitar at age 7.

He started to manage a group that played in touristic areas of La Cordillera de los Órganos. He lived in la Cañada del Infierno, Casa Blanca, Finca del Cusco, and in 1972 he occupied one of the houses in the touristic community of Las Terrazas. He composed his first song in 1973, titled “Este tiempo feliz” (This happy time), after that he continued creating, but he stored his songs in a drawer because he didn’t consider them valuable.

In around 1994 when the Complejo Las Terrazas was founded, Polo and his own ensemble of sort started playing at its different touristic installations, like Hotel Moka, Rancho Curujey and Cafetal Buenavista. Between those tasks, he met a Lusafrica European label owner and in 1999 signed a contract to make a few records. From there his first album “Guajiro Natural” and the song “Un montón de Estrellas” were born. In Colombia it sold more than 40,000 copies, obtaining Gold and Platinum status, and he was recognized as the most listened to international artist. He became known as the Guajiro Natural (Natural Countryman) because of his humble personality and songs about peasant life in Cuba.

At age 44 he had more than 70 songs written as an autodidact. He had no professional training nor musical knowledge, apart from listening the countryside sounds. He composed in a mix of genres, making use of rhythms he heard and knew. He developed his own style with themes about outside or personal events, impregnated with rural elements: the ox yoke, the smell of coal, the smell of bateys.

In Cuba, Polo’s popularity skyrocketed. Spectators’ numbers at his concerts exceeded expectations.

Polo Montañez died on November 26, 2002, six days after being hospitalized in the Carlos J. Finlay Military Hospital, as a result of a tragic car accident in the Coronela zone near San Cristóbal, Pinar del Río. He was buried in the cemetery of Candelaria, at Artemisa. The cultural centre in the main square of Viñales, Pinar del Rio, is named in his memory.

Believe

I difficult and strange times, you need to keep the faith, be strong, and believe.

There is always light at the end of the tunnel
there is always something good ahead
Pour this wicked pain through the funnel
and fill your broken heart with fearless faith

Just believe

When your legs can’t hold you for much longer
when your life is just too much to bear
when the world is bearing down your shoulders
when you feel you’re running out of air

Just believe

I know that your love will keep me strong
I’m not alone, I’m not alone
I can feel the cold in my bones
but you keep me warm, your love is warm

there is always light at the end of the tunnel
all this clouds will go away one day

©Javier Moreno Olivares

Lamar, the new artistic project of Los Amigos singer Javier

Discover my new Youtube channel where I will be posting weekly new videos of my original songs in Spanish, and some occasional covers too.

You can read the Spanish lyrics in all this videos. I am recording all this songs to eventually launch an album in the near future. I hope you enjoy them and please SUBSCRIBE to my channel! Javier

Live @ Cafe Barcelona 14th & 15th March

We have just announced an extra date at Cafe Barcelona in Streatham, London, due to the high demand of tickets.

We will live at the popular Streatham venue on 15th and 16th of March of 2019

To buy your tickets go here.

We will be playing our repertoire of Spanish and Latin songs, including Gipsy Kings, Santana, Buenavista Social Club and other well known numbers.

We hope to see you there!

Some of the Best wedding venues of UK

According to the Evening Standard, here are some of the best wedding Venues in UK to book in 2019, some of them I already had the pleasure to perform:

  1. Kirtlington Park: Palladian Mansion near Oxford Kirtlington park
  2. Hedsor House: stunning exclusive country house wedding venue in Buckinghamshire Hedsor house, wedding venue
  3. Blenheim Palace: World Heritage site located in the Costwolds. wedding venue, blenheim palace
  4. Peckforton Castle: in the heart of Cheshire, feel like a princess in this amazing dreamlike Castle. wedding venue, peckforton castle
  5. Moor Park Mansion: Grade 1 listed Palladian building, set within over 300 acres of landscaped Hertfordshire parkland. hertfordshire wedding venue, moor park
  6. One Marylebone: Landmark former church in London designed by Sir John Soane.
  7. Rosewood Hotel: an idyllic 5- star Luxury Hotel in the heart of London.
  8. The Lost Orangery: near the beautiful town of Castle Combe, a magical place with a boating lake and a crumbling castle surrounded by woodland. the lost orangery, wiltshire, wedding venue
  9. Sezincote: in a family-run estate covering 2500 acres of rolling Cotswold countryside you will find this 200-year-old Mogul Indian palace wedding venue, sezincote, indian,
  10. Brookfield Barn (West Sussex)
  11. East Quay Venue: another fantastic and full of character wedding venue I had the pleasure to perform, originally an oyster store, in Whitstable Harbour , who doesn’t like a wedding by the sea? east quay venue

 

Finally other venues that deserve a mention are DUKES, One Aldwych (London), Leez Priory (Essex), Penton Park (Hampshire), Busbridge Lakes (Surrey), Oxleaze Barn (Gloucestershire).

Not all are here, there is plenty of beautiful venues across the UK, for all budgets and tastes, from luxury hotels to charming barns, I have been in wonderful Weddings and celebrations even in a family member back gardens!

Thank you for another great year

We would like to thank everyone for another fantastic year of events, weddings and parties where we played, from North to South, East to West, and all the beautiful locations and people we met.

We said goodbye to our bassist Lydian after 10 years playing together, who has left the UK to go back to Greece and start a new life – you will be missed.

2019 will also see changes in the UK, with Brexit kicking in, and myself gravitating towards another project, my personal music. Meanwhile we will be still taking bookings and playing at any event where you need us.

You can now also review us in Google as well as the website Lastminutemusicians

Leeds Castle

Our recent wedding at Leeds castle in Kent was fit for a King! There was a String quartet, a Mariachi band, a pop band, fireworks, and of course the great music of Los Amigos Band! The castle and surroundings are stunning, it’s worth a visit with family and friends.

We have also recently visited lovely venues as far as Lancashire, where we played at the lovely wedding of Sarah & Stuart, who received us with the famous warmth and hospitality of the north, and the super friendly and attentive staff of Clifton Arms Hotel.

September is still a great month to get married, and this summer the good weather is still holding up!

New Video “London”

This is a new video & song composed by Javier Moreno after his experience living in the city for the last 7 years. The song describes the love/hate relationship that the city has inspired to Javier. A place full of possibilities, dynamic and multicultural, which can also be hostile, hard and lonely.

The song has been produced by Javier, with a reggaeton rhythm, very popular in Spain & Latin American countries in recent years, still growing i popularity after the world phenomenon of “Despacito”.

Claire & Russ 27/04/18

We played at the wonderful wedding of Claire & Russ, during the reception drinks in this lovely pub in Lordship Lane, London

We definitely got the party started and got everyone dancing before even sitting down for dinner!

Thank you guys and all the best.