Thank you Hattie and Greg for having Los Amigos Band to perform at your wonderful and intimate wedding in Hereford.
Yes! it’s happening, Javier Moreno & Los Amigos Band will be performing a LIVE stream set through YOUTUBE on Wednesday 2nd June at 8.30pm (UK Time).
Listen to the best music from the Gipsy Kings, Buenavista Social Club, Santana, and other Latin hits, together with some original songs from the new album of Javier Moreno.
The Live stream is FREE but we ask for donations (suggested £10) to support the work of the musicians.
Donations can be made via Paypal or via bank transfer
Live Streamed from CAFE BARCELONA in Streatham, London.
Today I bring a new song, this my Spanish interpretation of a Brazilian song called “Deusa do amor” by Moreno Veloso, the son of famous Brazilian composer Caetano Veloso. It translates as “goddess of love” and it’s a romantic song. I have translated the lyrics, recorded and played all the instruments myself at my studio, included the video editing. I added my own touch of course, including a little rap towards the end.
I hope you enjoy it.
DIOSA DEL AMOR
Todo se ve mas bonito cuando estas cerca
tu me llevas al delirio por eso confieso
que tus besos son ardientes
cuando tu te aproximas mi cuerpo siente
tus besos son ardientes
cuando tu a mi me miras mi cuerpo siente
el la Diosa del amor
veo a los niños jugando por la avenida
tu y yo paseando sintiendo la vida
caminando lado a lado
una pareja feliz dos enamorados
agarrados de la mano
cupido me flechó
donde menos los esperas se encuentra el amor
oh oh oh
ven aca diosa de amor
tu a mi me enseñaste, me atrapaste
cuando entre tus brazos me enredaste
alli probé la miel, me rendí a tu piel,
escribimos un romance sin lapiz ni papel
Dejame adorarte, mi alma entregarte
vamonos al cielo sin ir a ninguna parte,
en tu boca está mi religion
donde no existe pecado ni perdón
yo soy tu creyente más ferviente
confieso mi fe a toda la gente
tu eres mi diosa del amor
quiero fundirme en tu calor
Hello there, with all our live work completed frozen, I am taking this time to compose and record new songs at my home studio. Some of them mine and I still enjoy performing covers too.
I wanted to share with you some of the videos I have been doing.
The first one is a cover of a famous song by Mexican group Los Lobos, called El Mariachi. This song became quite popular after featuring Spanish actor Antonio Banderas in the film “Desperado”.
Another song I really like is by American band The Doobie Brothers, called “Listen to the music“. Considering how times are at the moment, I think is more important than ever for art to survive and thrive again in this difficult times.
And finally I share one of my most popular videos in my channel, where I play with the guys as a trio, recorded a few years back. In this case it’s swing version of the Gipsy Kings‘s song Volare. We don’t usually play this version live, however on this occasion we wanted to try something different.
I take the opportunity to invite you to follow me at Spotify :
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.
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
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
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!
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:
- Kirtlington Park: Palladian Mansion near Oxford
- Hedsor House: stunning exclusive country house wedding venue in Buckinghamshire
- Blenheim Palace: World Heritage site located in the Costwolds.
- Peckforton Castle: in the heart of Cheshire, feel like a princess in this amazing dreamlike Castle.
- Moor Park Mansion: Grade 1 listed Palladian building, set within over 300 acres of landscaped Hertfordshire parkland.
- One Marylebone: Landmark former church in London designed by Sir John Soane.
- Rosewood Hotel: an idyllic 5- star Luxury Hotel in the heart of London.
- The Lost Orangery: near the beautiful town of Castle Combe, a magical place with a boating lake and a crumbling castle surrounded by woodland.
- Sezincote: in a family-run estate covering 2500 acres of rolling Cotswold countryside you will find this 200-year-old Mogul Indian palace
- Brookfield Barn (West Sussex)
- 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?
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!