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Grupo Fiesta

by Grupo Fiesta

Grupo Fiesta strikes a perfect balance between Afro-Latin dance-hybridized salsa, rock and danzon-with a jam-oriented pop sense.
Genre: Latin: Latin Pop
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1. Caliente
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2. Dígame
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3. Todo Para Ti
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4. Truenos Distantes
5:35 $0.99
5. No Te Quiero
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6. Sueño
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7. Cierro Mis Ojos
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8. Que Claro Es
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9. Distant Thunder
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10. Look Away
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Album Notes
With the melting pot of New York City as their barrio, Grupo Fiesta emerged on the scene in 1995. The diverse roots of its members are reflected in the irresistible mix of sounds that surfaces in their music.

As bandleader, Cecilia Villar sees Grupo Fiesta as a vivid reflection of her background: The sultry, sexy, raw sounds of traditional Afro-Latin grooves mixed with powerful electric guitar licks. Growing up in a Hispanic household that reveled in music, dance, art and theater, Cecilia listened to Cuban son with her father, rocked to Led Zeppelin with her older siblings, and used her mother's musical genes when picking up the electric guitar at age 14. Half Lebanese and born in Ecuador, Cecilia draws you in with her songs about the power of love, hope and dreams, and then blows you away with her searing electric guitar.

Led by the songwriter Cecilia Villar, Grupo Fiesta features Cecilia Villar on electric/acoustic guitars. Cindy Padilla, a Nuyorican, entices listeners with her seductive lead vocals and then nails them with her tough Bronx edge. Brian "Bajo Man" Moore lays down driving and hypnotic bass grooves. Classically trained Bronx native, Jimmy Connolly lures you in with traditional Afro-Cuban piano licks. With Dan Roth on Drums and Ray Turull on congas and timbales, the contagious fusion of Grupo Fiesta is complete and can at times be heard echoing down the hall ways of the infamous Eighth Avenue Music Building.

Dan Grigsby, a seasoned engineer in the mainstream pop world, produced Grupo Fiesta's self-titled debut album.

"The highlight of the evening was a performance by Fiesta, a sextet that mixes power pop with Latin music Cecilia Villar played big wah-wah guitar lines. Driven by the keyboards and percussion, the rest of the band spiced the music with hot Santana-flavored samba that set the jampacked room ablaze."
- New York Times



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Grupo Fiesta's eponymous debut album is imbued with the pungent flush of rumba. This New York City-borne band is lead by guitarist/composer Cecilia Villar who, unlike many other Latin (mostly pop) divas proliferating these days, is a strong and deep-rooted instrumentalist-her guitar playing is reminiscent of a young Carlos Santana. Villar has assembled an equally adept line-up.

The opening "Caliente" flies from the start. Its infectious Afro-Cuban groove, pushed by backbeat drums and Villar's piano-like montuno played with guitar arpeggios, doesn't waste time drawing attention. By the time Villar unleashes her electric guitar solo, you know you're listening to a certified talent. Unlike many Afro-Cuban rumba ensembles, Villar's six-string steel or even 12-string acoustic guitars (instead of piano) create the harmonic and melodic structure. Here, she takes her cue, as well as departs from, the nylon-stringed rumba group, the Gipsy Kings. From the get-go, this street-smart ensemble has much in its favor. Nevertheless, the album tends to become somewhat redundant. Perhaps, as the band continues to hone its collective chops and songwriting skills, its sophomore effort will reveal even more development and novelty.

Robert Kaye