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Tu No Sabes

by Tocamos Mas

Playing traditional Latin music inspired by the salsa scenes in New York, Miami and Puerto Rico in the 50s and 60s, this tight 4-piece group will move your feet with percussion, bass, piano, guitar and vocals. Also includes a few beautiful jazz standards.
Genre: Latin: Salsa
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Tanga Tanga
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2. Vamanos Pa'l Monte
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3. Tu No Sabes
3:23 $0.99
4. Nature Boy
4:33 $0.99
5. Que Sera (Mi China)
5:33 $0.99
6. U-Bla-Ba-Du
3:37 $0.99
7. Negro Del Solar
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8. Moliendo Cafe
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9. Autumn Leaves
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10. El Cuarto De Tula
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11. El Shing-a-Ling
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12. Temptation
3:19 $0.99
13. The Intermission Song
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Album Notes

This record is a story of an old man and his son.

The son is not a young man now, and his father has passed on. Though separated by generations, they were in so many ways the same. Charles "Chuck" Carbia, son of Enrique “Bebito” Carbia, brings to us the sound of The Carbia Brothers 1960's glamour. This record echoes the snap of congas on a marble floor at the Fountainbleu Club Gigi, a rum-flushed bolero at the Bongo Beat in San Juan, lovers en paso doble beneath the mosaic ceilings at the NYC Palladium Ballroom. Las recuerdos de Bebito a traves del sonido de Tocamos Mas.

This record is not a story of regret, but of opportunity.

It is always tough for a son to walk in his father's shoes, and in this case, it almost never happened. But in his later years, a time of eating cheesecake and drinking sherry, Enrique listened to these songs through the headphones Chuck placed on his ears. Bebito’s ropy muscles dance in his forearms, defined by a lifetime of playing the bass Chuck now plays. His fingers tap by rote to the beat as he whisper-yells, "No Chuckie, not like that -- like this!"

Together with a line-up of musicians Paul Harvey, Bill “Yazid” Johnson and Patrick McKinney, whose talent and creativity spill well beyond the bounds of this record, they practiced until they got it not like that, but like this. So yes, this record is a story about a father, his son, their family, and their friends.

From the outset of this project in 2010 Tocamos Mas played more. Bringing their influences from Spain, Europe, and Africa this band is a reflection of the origins of Puerto Rico herself. Musical migrants and pilgrims, Tocamos Mas is a place these musicians now call home. You will always be welcome here also.

This record is a story of our friendship.

This record is a story about life.

These songs traveled far to come home to this record. Written by legends celebrated and obscure, these songs still speak of our lives today. Nothing changes. It’s in the blood. We all seek to know love in the late night hours stolen from sleep. We all feel music pull our weary bodies to the dance floor. We lean into each other and move. We know what it is to feel another's heartbeat beneath the palm of our hand. We dance away from, and with our troubles.

When last call is a memory, and the band is packing up, we do not walk into the night sweaty and exhilarated thinking, "I should not have spent this night dancing.” We instead lay our heads on our pillows fortified by song and drink, and as we slip into dreams we whisper to ourselves, "I am alive. I will play more."

by John Robertson, Tallahassee FL 2019

About Tocamos Mas:
Tocamos Mas performs traditional Latin arrangements and dance music combining keyboards, congas, timbales, bass, guitar, and vocals. The core group consists of William “Yazid” Johnson on keyboards, Chuck Carbia on bass guitar/lead vocals, Paul Harvey on congas and timbales/backing vocals and Patrick McKinney on guitar. The band often features other guest artists on brass, strings and percussion.

Chuck Carbia has performed as a musician and artist nationally and internationally over the past 20 years. His father, Enrique Carbia and his uncle Eddie Carbia performed Latin music as The Carbia Brothers Trio featuring Leo Rosa in the 50s and 60s. They were contracted in the top venues in NYC, Miami and Puerto Rico and performed with many top acts including Tito Puente, Tony Bennet and Desi Arnaz. Chuck Carbia is currently a full-time Professor of Foundation Studies at Savannah College of Art and Design. He is also the musical director for the performance group Glitter Chariot.

Paul Harvey began playing drums and percussion at the age of ten. He has been developing his technique and performance style by playing a variety of genres and studying with some of the best percussionist from around the globe. Paul has toured extensively and recorded many different styles from Country to Caribbean. He enjoys teaching and performing every chance he can get.

Bill 'Yazid' Johnson is a accomplished musician who is prolific on a variety of musical instruments including piano, saxaphone and percussion. Bill has performed nationally in a variety of bands over the years including The Marching 100 of Florida A&M University. He is currently a percussion instructor and continues to write and perform music on a variety of instruments.

Patrick McKinney fell in love with the guitar when his mother gave him one at the age of fourteen. He went on to study classical guitar with Bruce Holzman at FSU. Later He began playing in rock bands and pursuing a variety of world music pursuits including studying the sitar with Nalini Vinayak and Balinese gamelan with Michael Bakan. When Iron and Wine began touring, Sam Beam recruited Patrick to join the band both on the road and in the studio. Patrick began studying African drumming with Yazid Johnson which lead him to join Tocamos Mas. Patrick's own band Langtry continues to record and tour.

Guest singer on the album, Lexi Braun, is an artist and musician currently located in Gainesville Florida.



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