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Melena - Promo Video

Melena performs live with her band. Promotional video for bookings.
Jan 17, 2010
dee Brown commented on Melena's photo
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"Great Pic's sorry about the last comment...."
Jan 16, 2010
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"Musicians needed for Modern Jazz Ensemble All original compositions. Play and collaborate Jazz, Latin, Odd Meters & World type compositions. New CD that has just been released and will record new material. Please serious musicians, strong…"
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"Aaaaah! Nice!"
Oct 13, 2009
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"Very nice photo Melena I would like to hook up sometime and play I'm a producer percussionist engineer. you can also find me at www.myspace.com/romerowyatt join me! ;-)"
Oct 13, 2009
Joel Holmes left a comment for Melena
"hey mami, Como estas? African Skies just got nominated for a Grammy, i will be in touch.... lets when this thing..... Besos..... JH"
Jul 25, 2009
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Where are you located?
Los Angeles
What is your affiliation to the Jazz World?
Musical Artist, Educator, Clinician, Jazz Presenter, Entertainment Publication, Jazz Historian
Tell us a little about your background...
Melena
Cuban Percussionist


Music is in her blood. Shaped from the rhythms that dance through her veins, Melena, born in Havana Cuba, has mastered the traditional rhythms that have traveled from Africa to Cuba, to the dance floors of America. Her Afro/Cuban sound is a conversation of melodies which she plays with fierce passion, whether on Congas, Timbales, Batas or a range of other percussion instruments. Melena has been traveling the world having performed with legendary artists such as: Barry White, Stevie Wonder, Macy Gray, Chayanne, Julio Iglesias, Eva Ayllone, Peru Negro, Chucho Valdes and Irakere and many others. Melena returned to her native country to study with Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba, as well as with many of the gifted percussionists on the island, including Roberto Vizcaino Guillott, Miguel “Anga” Diaz, Yaroldy Abreu, Jose Miguel Melendez, Adel Gonzalez, Mario Jauregui and Daniel Herrera. Melena was also blessed to share the same stage with her biggest inspiration, Giovanni Hidalgo. Melena performed with her Afro Cuban band at the Ninth Annual Brownsville Latin Jazz Festival in Texas and also conducted a clinic at the Brownsville University.
Her dream is to travel the world and to be a major contributor to the Afro/Cuban music legacy, sharing the richness of this culture with others. Festivals she has performed in the past include: Jazz at Drew, African Village Festival, Latin Music Festival, Puerto Rico Percussion Festival, Montreal Drum Festival and more. Presently, Melena is conducting Workshops and Clinics Nationally and Internationally. She has specialized her studies in the Afro-Cuban tradition and on the sacred Bata Drums and has taught her students the importance of the history and knowledge of Afro-Cuban drumming and language of the Batas. Melena is one of the very few female percussionists that plays at her level of proficiency
How did you hear about the Jazz Network? Please give full name of contact
Nick Smith
What Instrument do you play?
Percussion
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http://www.myspace.com/melenamusic - www.lacasting.com/melena

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Paul Molinsky - Representing Melena on Theatrical Work www.in2talent.com info@in2talent.com (818)783-4567

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Melena Performs at The Brownsville Latin Jazz Festival

Posted on March 29, 2009 at 9:43pm 0 Comments

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WPR MAGAZINE- INTERVIEWS AND ARTICLES BY: MELENA

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Cuban Rhythms Meet The African Skies

Posted on March 27, 2009 at 10:23pm 0 Comments

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At 11:06am on July 23, 2009, Joel Holmes said…
hey mami, Como estas? African Skies just got nominated for a Grammy, i will be in touch.... lets when this thing.....


Besos.....

JH
At 10:15pm on March 2, 2009, Dave Percell said…
Hey Melena,
Great to meet you here. Love your style. Hope that you enjoy my music.
Dave Percell
At 8:37pm on February 28, 2009, Heshima Moja said…
Vaya Melena!,

Me encanto el video de bata. Hay que preservarla esa tradicion. Sigue pa'alante con el sabor latino.

Bendiciones desde Nueva York,

Heshima
"Inhale Music< Exhale Life"
At 2:46pm on February 18, 2009, Gary Taylor said…
hey Melena,

thanks for the compliment. Mood of Midnight has been one of the few songs i've written that i still listen to. it's even more fun when we do it LIVE. i'll be working out some new sounds in that direction soon... stay in touch and stay blessed always...

G..."Blackness"
www.morningcrew.com
At 1:21am on February 10, 2009, RAFAEL RAMIREZ said…
Hola Melena ~ I am honored and humble bye your invitation. Your drumming is magificant and spirit shines thru when ever you touch a drum. I am a very old and close friend of Romeo & Ricky Carrido. Ricky has sent me a couple of youtube clips of your playing & performing.
I was blown away and very impressed.
Wishing you continued success in all your music endeavors and aspirations.
Benditiones, Alafia y Ache`, Rafael Ramirez
At 4:20am on February 9, 2009, Serafin Aguilar said…
Thank you for the invitation Melenita. The true blessing is having thoughtful friends like yourself. Cuidate y sigue pa'lante. I hope we get a change to hang soon.
At 10:36pm on February 8, 2009, Ricardo "Ricky" Luis Carrido said…
Cu ta Cu Cha, Alla !! :):):)
At 7:47am on February 3, 2009, Vince di Mura said…
Melena. Great work. I am going to be playing 51 performance at Laguna Playhouse in Laguna beach in July and August and I want to network with some players in the area. I don't know southern California very well and I really want to do some playing outside of the gig as well. Any suggestions?..vince
At 4:21pm on February 2, 2009, Rosendo Quiñones Jr. said…
Bien venida a Jazz Network. Listened to your video recordings and loved them. Glad to have you in the Percussion group. If you're ever in the Houston, TX area send me a line to visit the club.
Suerte y con mucho amor.
Quindo
At 6:31am on February 2, 2009, Martin Clay said…
Thanks for hookin' up sis'!...Really enjoyed the videos but still not hearing the player?...Blessings from Canada.
 
 
 

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