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A One Week Special
DVD Collector's Choice

All of our huge selection of DVDs and CD-DVD Sets have been reduced this week. Yes, it's our quarterly DVD Collector's Choice Sale! Includes live performances, instructional and documentary DVDs. Over 500 titles ...Enjoy!

But hurry: This week only.
Ends Sunday, June 6th
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LITTLE JOHNNY RIVERO "PEQUEÑO JOHNNY"
Pasos Gigantes - CD & DVD Set
Rumba Jams / Original Price: $16.98 / Now Only: $13.58

Originally released: 2006
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA
EditorsPick: What a nice surprise! Little Johnny Rivero, the first-call percussionist who has played with Ismael Quintana, Cheo Feliciano, Descarga Boricua, Domingo Quiñones, Mulenze and many other great bands, has release a smart, no-nonsense salsa project that oozes with New York veteran know-how. As an orchestra leader, Mr. Rivero has created a rich, full sound and his hard driving percussive finesse is guaranteed to keep the dancers moving— he's brought in high caliber players like Spanish Harlem Orchestra's Peter Nater and Raul Agraz. A terrific job by singers Manny Mieles and Pedro Martinez. Listen to "Ay! Mujeres," and the hauntingly beautiful "Mi Yambu" with the great Nelson Gonzalez on tres. With top notch arrangements, mostly by Eric Figueroa and Andre Hernandez, Pasos Gigantes features speci ... continues (BP)

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CARIDAD RODRIGUEZ RIVERÓN "CARUCA"
Baila Conmigo: Clases De Baile / Caino-Chachachá-Mambo-Son DVD
BIS / Original Price: $18.98 / Now Only: $15.18
(original import)

Originally released: 2010
Category: DVD; DANCE INSTRUCTION; CUBA
EditorsPick: Si quiere aprender a bailar los principales ritmos de la musica cubana, acepte esta invitación y déjese llevar de la mano de Caridad Rodríguez Riverón, "Caruca", experimentada bailarina, coreógrafa y profesora, con una larga y exitos trayectoria dentro de la danza cubana, que la convierten en la persona ideal para introducirnos en el apasionante mundo de nuestros bailes populares. If you want to learn to dance the main rhythms of Cuban music, accept this invitation and be carried along by the hand of Caridad Rodríguez Riverón, "Caruca", experienced dancer, choreographer and teacher, has had a long and successful career in Cuban dance making him the ideal person to introduce us to the fascinating world of these dances. Casino: Presentación / Demostración / Pasos Básicos / Giros / Figuras ... continues (label)

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TODD ROACH
The Quick Guide To Playing Doumbek - DVD
Carl Fischer / Original Price: $19.95 / Now Only: $15.96

Originally released: 2004
Category: DVD; AFRO-LATIN PERCUSSION

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ALBITA RODRIGUEZ
Albita Live At The Colony Theatre CD & DVD Set
Angel's Dawn Records / Original Price: $21.98 / Now Only: $17.58

Originally released: 2006
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA
EditorsPick: A CD and DVD set — a live performance of Albita at the Colony Theater in Miami Beach 2006. The singer performs some of her best material like "Traigo Mi Son" with the strength and conviction that she is known for. With special guest Amaury Gutierrez. Comes with an audio CD as well as a high quality DVD of the show. Recommended. ... continues (BP)

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SILVIO RODRIGUEZ
Recuerdo Grato - DVD
Fenicia / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98
(original import)

Originally released: 1993
Reissued: 2005
Category: DVD; NUEVA TROVA; CUBA

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SILVIO RODRIGUEZ
Te Doy Una Cancion DVD
Clasicos Cubanos / Original Price: $19.98 / Now Only: $15.98
(original import)

Originally released: 2009
Category: DVD; NUEVA TROVA; CUBA
EditorsPick: Just in! Live performance DVD of Silvio Rodriguez y Grupo Diakara held at the Teatro Karl Marx. Silvio performs "El Mayor," "Hubo En Pais," "De La Ausencia Y De Ti," "Te Doy Una Cancion," "Quién Fuera" and many others. 52 min. Highly Recommended. ... continues (BP)

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TITO RODRIGUEZ
Karaoke Para Cantar Como Tito Rodriguez - DVD
Fuentes / Original Price: $19.98 / Now Only: $15.98
(original import)

Category: SPECIAL INTEREST; PISTAS / KARAOKE

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ROBERTO ROENA Y SU APOLLO SOUND
En Vivo Desde Bellas Artes - DVD
Musical Productions / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98

Originally released: 2003
Category: DVD; SALSA/SON; PUERTO RICO
EditorsPick: Superb picture and sound quality grace this multi-camera live Roberto Roena performance from Bellas Artes, Puerto Rico. This is the 25th Aniversario celebration of Roena with his Apollo Sound salsa orchestra. There is a lot of material here, and much of it is outstanding, like the killer "Coro Miyare." I immensly enjoyed the number when Roena and Anibal Velazquez rip up the stage with an on-fire dance routine. Pure gold. A full 141 minutes. Highly Recommended. ... continues (BP)

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TITO ROJAS Y SU ORQUESTA
Tito Rojas Live: Auténticamente En Vivo - DVD
Musical Productions / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98

Originally released: 2002
Category: DVD; SALSA/SON; PUERTO RICO
EditorsPick: In this supper-club performance the musician's collars are buttoned tight under their neckties, beneath their black suits. Mr. Rojas, whose suit was beige, has practiced his calculated gestures, the clenched fist and solemn downward glances and all, to such a degree that the first half of this performance comes off as uninspired. The performance is tight, but so much so that there is no room for surprise or spontaneity. Wayne Newton. Fans of Mr. Rojas will not be disappointed, as the live versions do not stray far from the recordings. The second half of the show, however, Mr. Rojas changes from his sweaty suite to some leisure clothes, and things begin to click...the group starts to run on its own momentum, and the band members finally seem to enjoy themselves a bit. They let loose with a ... continues (BP)

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GONZALO RUBALCABA
Live At Münchner Klaviersommer (Munich) 1994 DVD
Loft / Original Price: $27.98 / Now Only: $22.38
(original import)

Originally released: 2006
Category: DVD; LATIN JAZZ
EditorsPick: "The memory may have faded, but to judge by the audience's clothes, it must have been a hot summer evening when pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba (born 1963), his bassist Ron Carter (1937) and his drummer Julio Barreto (1967) played in the Munich Philharmonic Hall. With two Cuban musicians in the group, that audience may have expected hot Latin rhythms but, if so, they were disappointed: the heat rising from this trio was due far more to the jazz tradition than to Latin American influences. Its repertoire draws mainly on the classic bebop numbers, with occasional excursions into more modern territory... Not until 'Woody'n You', the last piece in the regular programme, do the musicians allow themselves and their audience a trip to the Caribbean, and Julio Barreto is allowed to strut his stuff in an ... continues (DR)

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RUEDA DE CASINO
Rueda De Buen Aché / Rueda Fresca DVD
Boogalu Productions / Original Price: $46.00 / Now Only: $36.80

Originally released: 2005
Category: DVD; DANCE INSTRUCTION; CUBA
EditorsPick: Actually two separate features on one DVD. Part one, Rueda De Buen Aché, features a group of professional dancers from Santiago de Cuba who demonstrate how they dance together at their own spirited house parties doing Rueda de Casino. A great primer on how this complex dance is done. Part two, Rueda Fresca (Fresh Wheel) features two amateur dance troupes of young people from Santiago de Cuba whose specialty is rueda de casino. They show how it's done. 89 minutes. If you have interest in Cuban popular dance styles and movements, this one is indispensable. Highly Recommended. ... continues (BP)

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FRANKIE RUIZ
DVD Concierto Homenaje A Frankie Ruiz: ¡Va Por Ti, Frankie! En Vivo Desde Tenerife, Islas Canarias - DVD
Sony Discos / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98

Originally released: 2004
Category: DVD; SALSA/SON; PUERTO RICO
EditorsPick: Wow...very high quality multi-camera DVD documenting a mega-concert in tribute to the Prince of Puerto Rican Salsa, the late Frankie Ruiz. Opening with Fania All-Star Adalberto Santiago and “Tu Me Vuelves Loco,” the set continues with one Ruiz hit after another: Hansel singing “Ahora Me Toca a Mi,” Tito Allen in absolute top form doing a fiery “La Cura,” and so on. One of the highlights is Luisito Carrion’s spirited interpretation of “Voy Pa’ Encima” which also features some very easy to look at salsa dancers. Also with Tommy Olivencia, Paquito Guzmán, Roberto Torres, Luis Enrique performing a perfect “Lo Dudo,” a pretty spectacular Servando & Florentino, who has the females in the audience squealing with delight with their rendition of “Mi Libertad,” Lalo Rodrguez doing “La Rueda,” and a ... continues (BP)

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REY RUIZ
15 Años - En Vivo DVD
Luna Negra / Original Price: $17.98 / Now Only: $14.38

Originally released: 2010
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA
EditorsPick: Extremely well done DVD production of a live concert of Rey Ruiz celebrating fifteen years of hits. Recorded at the Adriene Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, Florida, this multi-camera big production is able to cover the big orchestra with ease, thanks to excellent editing and sound quality. Ruiz is in top form, as he burns through not only his hits, but gorgeous classics like "Lagrimas Negras," "Santa Isabel De Las Lajas," (very cool!) and "Cienfuegos." Some rehearsal sessions and also biographic material is peppered into the mix, resulting in a very entertaining experience. With guests trumpeter Arturo Sandoval who pay homage the the late, great, Tito Puente. Closing with a sensational, Cuba celebrating, "Muévelo" brought he crowd to its feet, and then end ... continues (BP)

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JILL SAGER
Beginning Hand Drumming: A Guide To Recreation And Wellness DVD
Carl Fischer / Original Price: $19.95 / Now Only: $15.96

Originally released: 2008
Category: DVD; AFRO-LATIN PERCUSSION
EditorsPick: A complete and easy-to-follow guide to teach you the basics of hand drumming, that combines traditional knowledge with drum circle tips and lots of hands-on fun. With this book and DVD, you will learn hand drum technique, world beat rhythms, what to play at drum circles, and much more. You will gain valuable insights about hand drumming using congas,djembes,and hand percussion, for both individual and group applications. Hand drumming is a relaxing, creative, and fun way for you to express yourself and spend time with others. With this package you will: •Examine the myth of possessing "no rhythm." •Explore creative approaches to unleash the rhythm inside of you. •Learn practical exercises to develop technique, and improve your ear. •Play fun and beautiful traditional rhythms. •Learn the " ... continues (BP)

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TREVOR SALLOUM
The Art Of Bongo Drumming - DVD With Guest Armando Peraza!
Mel Bay / Original Price: $24.95 / Now Only: $19.96

Originally released: 2006
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; AFRO-LATIN PERCUSSION
EditorsPick: Trevor Salloum has finally released this much anticipated and first DVD devoted exclusively to bongo drumming. The Art of Bongo Drumming was designed to complement Mel Bay's best-selling bongo books (Fun With Bongos, The Bongo Book and Bongo Drumming: Beyond the Basics) but Salloum's DVD may be used as an independent educational tool as well. The DVD is packed with informative chapters on history, selection, positioning, strokes, practice tips/exercises, clave, martillo, repiques/fills, bongo bell, soloing and much more. The diverse rhythms explored on this DVD include martillo, bolero, jazz rock, odd time signatures, samba, and bossa nova. If that is not enough, a rare and special feature is highlighted footage and commentary of a bongo performance by the great Armando Peraza (Santana, G ... continues (DR)

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ELDER SANCHEZ
Salsa Salsa - Intro To Salsa For Beginners - DVD
Kultur / Original Price: $19.99 / Now Only: $15.99

Originally released: 2007
Category: DVD; DANCE INSTRUCTION
EditorsPick: Elder Sanchez is acknowledged as one of the finest salsa instructors in the world. In this DVD, he introduces the complete beginner to the basic salsa step, the principles of dancing as a couple and the first Salsa turns. Elder Sanchez has a unique visual approach to teaching. This program, designed for the home student, demonstrates his exciting and sensual style of dancing. So whether you're a complete beginner or you already have the basics, Salsa Salsa will help you develop your technique. — from the liners ... continues (DR)

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PONCHO SANCHEZ
A Night At Kimball's East
Image Entertainment / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98

Originally released: 1991
Reissued: 2002
Category: DVD; LATIN JAZZ
EditorsPick: Although the definition could be of higher resolution, this DVD does offer us a good look at the kind of wonderful live performances Mr. Sanchez and his band consistantly delivers. ... continues (BP)

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PONCHO SANCHEZ
Fundamentals Of Latin Music For The Rhythm Section Featuring The Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band - DVD
Cherry Lane Music / Original Price: $24.95 / Now Only: $19.96

Originally released: 2005
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; AFRO-LATIN PERCUSSION
EditorsPick: Poncho Sanchez’ first percussion instructional DVD. Here Mr. Sanchez covers the basic Latin music rhythm styles: Mambo, Chachachá. Merengue and Afro-Cuban 6/8. Within each of these rhythm styles he details what should be done with the following instruments: Congas, Bongos, Cabana (bell), Timbales, Bass and, finally, Piano - the instruments that comprise the rhythm section for Latin ensembles. With: Poncho Sanchez on congas David Torres on piano Sal Vasquez on bell, bongo, tres, claves & chekere George Ortiz on timbales Rene Camacho on electric upright bass 54 Minutes Recommended. ... continues (BP)

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PONCHO SANCHEZ
Poncho At Montreux - DVD
Concord Picante / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98

Originally released: 2004
Category: DVD; LATIN JAZZ
EditorsPick: Recorded live at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, July 2003, in conjunction with Concord Records 30th anniversary, Poncho Sanchez leads his band here with strength and a whole lotta soul. Four of the seven tracks, including his terrific version of the Ray Charles signature "One Mint Julep," come straight out of his most recent, and arguably best, CD entitled "Out of Sight." Very high quality sound and picture, this DVD also includes some bonus footage: Poncho Sanchez interview, photo session video, as well as a special animated version of "Conmigo." 1 hour and 20 minutes. Highly Recommended. ... continues (BP)

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ARTURO SANDOVAL
Jazz Legends: Arturo Sandoval Live At The Brewhouse Theatre, England 1992 - DVD
Quantum Leap / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98

Originally released: 2004
Category: DVD; LATIN JAZZ
EditorsPick: The extraordinary Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandoval lets loose at this live performance from 1992. He not only makes impossible sounds come out of his trumpet, he also burns up the timbale skins here, Recommended. ... continues (BP)

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ARTURO SANDOVAL
Live At The Ann Arbor Summer Festival - DVD
Bamboo Concerts / Original Price: $19.95 / Now Only: $15.96

Originally released: 2007
Category: DVD; LATIN JAZZ
EditorsPick: Recorded at the Power Center for the Performing Arts, June 29, 2007. With bassist Armando Gola, conguero Tomas Cruz, others. ... continues (BP)

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ARTURO SANDOVAL
Live At The Blue Note - DVD
Half Note Records / Original Price: $16.98 / Now Only: $13.58

Originally released: 2005
Category: DVD; LATIN JAZZ
EditorsPick: DVD of Mr. Sandoval's live 2004 session at the Blue Note, NYC. With Tomas Cruz on percussion, Dennis Marks on bass, sax player Felipe Lamoglia, Rene Toledo on guitar, Alexis Arce on drums, pianist Phil Magallanes, and Mr. Sandoval playing trumpet, piano and timbales. Recommended. ... continues (BP)

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ARTURO SANDOVAL
Sandoval Live At The Blue Note - CD & DVD Package Set
Half Note Records / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98

Originally released: 2005
Category: DVD; PERFORMANCE
EditorsPick: DVD and CD package set of Mr. Sandoval's live 2004 session at the Blue Note, NYC. With Tomas Cruz on percussion, Dennis Marks on bass, sax player Felipe Lamoglia, Rene Toledo on guitar, Alexis Arce on drums, pianist Phil Magallanes, and Mr. Sandoval playing trumpet, piano and timbales. Recommended/ ... continues (BP)

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GILBERTO SANTA ROSA
Auténtico - Limited Edition With Bonus DVD Disc
Sony Discos / Original Price: $17.98 / Now Only: $14.38

Originally released: 2004
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA
EditorsPick: Veteran salsero Gilberto Santa Rosa's latest release is a well conceived salsa production featuring some of some of the best known musicians in the genre: bassist Bobby Valentin, pianist José Lugo (both of who help with the arrangements), trumpeters Tommy Villariny and Bomberito Zarzuela, and a coro section featuring Willie Torres, Jerry Rivas, Paquito Guzman, and Adalberto Santiago. One gets the sense that on much of Auténtico, Mr. Santa Rosa is only lightly tapping into his reserve. He has the capacity, when he conjures it, to blow the roof off the joint, and he remains one of salsa's heroes -- a true sonero; and on "Traigo De Todo" he does get to glow. But it's not until the sizzling "Dime Lo Que Quieres," one of the best tracks here, that he really shines. Then, on the last three t ... continues (BP)

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GILBERTO SANTA ROSA
Dos Soneros, Una Historia: Gilberto Santa Rosa & Victor Manuelle - DVD
Sony/Norte / Original Price: $21.98 / Now Only: $17.58

Originally released: 2005
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA
EditorsPick: Two of salsa's greatest mega-stars joined forces for a live concert at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan Puerto Rico in 2001. Simply stated, this is a killer show, with the two sparring their sonero chops on some numbers and blasting through their hits individually as well. They have a lot of fun with it, and on one extended, humorous number, they compare contrasting ways to woo a woman with song. The crowd, a packed house waving PR flags, went wild. Dos Soneros, Una Historia is high quality big bucks multi-camera production that sports a good picture with superb sound. Here Santa Rosa sounds better than ever, and Manuelle continues to impress with his strength and showmanship — a true star. With Jose "Leni" Prieto on piano. This is the DVD. Also available on continues (BP)

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GILBERTO SANTA ROSA
El Caballero De La Salsa: Historia Tropical DVD
Sony Norte / Original Price: $15.98 / Now Only: $12.78

Originally released: 2009
Category: DVD; SALSA/SON
EditorsPick: The best material from veteran salsa singer Gilberto Santa Rosa, aka El Caballero De La Salsa, has been culled into this well-conceived package of hits. This DVD contains the definitive material: "Déjate Querer," "Sombra Loca," "Locura De Amora," "No Te Vayas," "Conciencia" and others. Recommended. ... continues (BP)

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GILBERTO SANTA ROSA
El Caballero De La Salsa: Historia Tropical CD & DVD Set
Sony Norte / Original Price: $18.98 / Now Only: $15.18

Originally released: 2009
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA
EditorsPick: The best material from veteran salsa singer Gilberto Santa Rosa, aka El Caballero De La Salsa, has been culled into this well-conceived package of hits. It's a CD and DVD set that contains all of the definitive material: "Vivir Sin Ella," "Perdóname," "Que Manera De Quererte," "No Quiero Na' Regala'o," "Conciencia" and others. Recommended. ... continues (BP)

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GILBERTO SANTA ROSA
Mis Favoritas: Grandes Éxitos DVD + CD Package
Sony Music / Original Price: $18.98 / Now Only: $15.18

Originally released: 2011
Category: DVD; SALSA/SON
EditorsPick: Special DVD+CD package of greatest hits by the popular salsero. Includes such tracks as "Conciencia," "Déjate Querer," "Locura De Amor," and "No Te Vayas." Recommended. ... continues (BP)

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SANTANA
Sacred Fire - Live In Mexico - DVD
Island Records / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98

Originally released: 1993
Reissued: 2004
Category: DVD; PERFORMANCE

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SANTANA
Supernatural - Live: An Evening With Carlos Santana & Friends Concert DVD
Arista / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98

Originally released: 2000
Category: DVD; PERFORMANCE
EditorsPick: Terrific all-star concert performance DVD that will please both old and new Santana fans. Recommended. ... continues (BP)

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EDDIE SANTIAGO
Karaoke Para Cantar Como Eddie Santiago & Willie Gonzalez - DVD
Fuentes / Original Price: $19.98 / Now Only: $15.98
(original import)

Originally released: 2006
Category: SPECIAL INTEREST; PISTAS / KARAOKE; PUERTO RICO

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MARVIN SANTIAGO
El Sonero Del Pueblo Vida Y Obra: 2-DVD Set
Shangai Music / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98

Originally released: 2005
Category: DVD; SALSA/SON; PUERTO RICO
EditorsPick: A 2-DVD set. Disc one, entitled Vida, is a biographic overview of the life and career of the late Sonero Del Pueblo who passed away in October of 2004. There are interviews with Mr. Santiago, as well as with family members and other important bandleaders and musicians. Some of the contributors to this portion of the DVD are Bobby Valentin, Tommy Olivencia, Willie Rosario, Luisito Carrion, Roberto Anglero, Sammy Ayala, Darvel Garcia, Billy Van, and Valentin Valdes Jr. There is also some rare footage of Mr. Santiago's funeral. Disc Two, entitled Obra, consists of live performances by Mr. Santiago and his band, mostly in the early '80s that were initially broadcast on, from what I can tell, a television special in Puerto Rico with a live audience. Despite the somewhat low quality of the pi ... continues (BP)

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COMPAY SEGUNDO
Compay Segundo: World Music Portraits DVD
Shanachie / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98

Originally released: 2003
Category: SALSA/SON; SON, GUARACHA, GUAJIRA; CUBA
EditorsPick: Wonderful documentary, filmed in Cuba, of one of the longest surviving legends of Cuban music. In interviews, Segundo talks of his early days performing with Ñico Saquito, Conjunto Matamoros, and, of course, Duo Los Compadres. Includes performances both solo and with the Buena Vista Social Club. “I eat chicken a little at a time, so I’ll want some the next day too. Love? I handle love the same way!” -- Compay Segundo Vintage footage as well. Excellent quality. Color. 60 minutes. Highly recommended. ... continues (BP)

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COMPAY SEGUNDO
Quijote Tropical - DVD
Malanga Time / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98
(original import)

Originally released: 2004
Category: DVD; SON, GUARACHA, GUAJIRA; CUBA
EditorsPick: Very well done performance/documentary DVD celebrating Compay Segundo of the Buena Vista Social Club. Features interviews with Juan de Marcos Gonzalez, Omara Portuondo, Salvador y Basilio Repilado, Felix Martinez, Eliades Ochoa, Teresita Garcia Caturla, Los Compadres, Cuarteto Patria, Pablo Milanes and many others. Compay performs some of his best known songs like "La Negra Tomasa," "Huellas del pasado," "Las Flores de la vida," and "Chan Chan." Languages: Español, English, Francais Come with both NTSC an PAL verisions for worldwide viewing. Color/B&W Hi-Fi Stereo Running Time: 65 minutes ... continues (BP)

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SELENA
Greatest Hits: Includes 16 Tracks In English & 13 Videos
EMI Latin / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98

Category: DVD; POP LATIN

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SELENA
Ones: 2 Discs, 20 Songs Plus 13 Videos On DVD
EMI Latin / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98

Category: DVD; POP LATIN

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JOAN MANUEL SERRAT
Serrat & Sabina: Dos Pájaros De Un Tiro - Live In Madrid DVD
Sony Norte / Original Price: $18.98 / Now Only: $15.18

Originally released: 2008
Category: DVD; PERFORMANCE; SPAIN
EditorsPick: Live performance pairing two of Spains great musical personalities. With guitarists Pancho Varona and Antonio Garcia De Diego, percussionist Pedro Barcelo, trumpeter Patxi Urchegui, others. Recommended. ... continues (BP)

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JOAN MANUEL SERRAT
Serrat / Miguel Hernandez / Hijo De La Luz Y De La Sombra - 2 CD Plus DVD Set (3 Disks)
Sony Music / Original Price: $34.98 / Now Only: $27.98

Originally released: 2010
Category:
EditorsPick: Special package set including the albums thar pay tribute, in music, to the poetry of Miguel Hernandez. Also included is a DVD that feutures 18 "mini peliculas" of musical interpreations of the songs on the albums, as well as a "making of" featurette. While the two albums have been sold separately in the past, this collector's set is a special package that includes the DVD and excellent liners as well. ... continues (BP)

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SERVANDO Y FLORENTINO
Servando & Florentino Edición Especial - Includes bonus DVD
Venemusic/Universal / Original Price: $16.98 / Now Only: $13.58

Originally released: 2007
Category: POP/OTHER; POP LATIN; VENEZUELA
EditorsPick: I like this Latin pop duo. Be warned, the only difference between this CD and last year's "Servando & Florentino" is the addition of the bonus salsa version of "Una Cancion Que Te Enamore" and the four track DVD. Here's is my review of the original release... Nicely crafted ballad-driven Latin pop by the talented young Venezuelan duo. Slick, these guys can be featured, one might imagine, as the renegade musician boyfriends in "Mary Kate and Ashley in Latin America". High jinx ensue. Recommended. ... continues (BP)

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SEXTETO RUMBAHABANA
Con Sabor Cubano: Sexteto Rumbahabana Y Son De Marimba DVD
Melodias / Original Price: $17.98 / Now Only: $14.38
(original import)

Originally released: 2010
Category: DVD; SALSA/SON; COLOMBIA
EditorsPick: DVD with performances by Sexteto Rumbahabana and Son de Marimba. ... continues (Peter Watrous)

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SHAKIRA
Mis Favoritas: Grandes Éxitos DVD + CD Package
Sony Music / Original Price: $18.98 / Now Only: $15.18
(original import)

Originally released: 2011
Category: DVD; POP LATIN
EditorsPick: Review to follow shortly. ... continues (BP)

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GRUPO SIERRA MAESTRA
En Concierto: 30 Aniversario, Teatro Nacional De Cuba
Romerin Records / Original Price: $19.98 / Now Only: $15.98

Originally released: 2009
Category: DVD; SALSA/SON; CUBA
EditorsPick: What a great performance. There's a high degree of Cubano swing here. Check out the classic "Un Toque De Bembe." And, man, what a performance by tresero Emilio Ramos. Watch him make the instrument wail on "Semillas de Caña Brava." And, on this same track, Elmer Ferrer, arguably Cuba's best electric guitarist, steps in to turn an already great interpretation into something truly amazing. Not to be missed. Wow! While the DVD is not high resolution, there are some linear issues now and again, it'll do. And the audio is fine. Besides Ferrer there are other guests: Sexto Sentido, Grupo Clave y Guaguancó, singer Laritza Bacallao, trumpeter El Gujairo Mirabal, pianist Miguel Angel de Armas and others. Highly Recommended. ... continues (BP)

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SON 80'S
Live At S.O.B.s - Featuring Héctor Casanova, Adalberto Santiago, Santiago Céron And Rey Reyes DVD
Exclusivo / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98

Originally released: 2004
Category: DVD; SALSA/SON
EditorsPick: Son '80s is a very good dance band featuring some of salsa's elite singers like Héctor Casanova, Alberto Santiago, Santiago Cerón, and Rey Reyes. Recorded live at S.O.B.'s in New York City just one month after the September 11th attacks in 2001, at a time when most night life here came to a halt -- most of us were still in a state of complete shock. However, as expressed by this spirited salsa performance, New York is a pretty resilient community, and performances like this helped to get our feet back on the ground. Recommended. ... continues (BP)

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SON BORICUA
Live In Calí Colombia - DVD
Cobo / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98

Originally released: 2004
Category: DVD; SALSA/SON; PUERTO RICO

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SON CAFÉ WITH RALPH IRIZARRY
En Grande Y En Vivo - Live Performance DVD
BKS Records / Original Price: $21.98 / Now Only: $17.58

Originally released: 2007
Category: DVD; SALSA/SON
EditorsPick: Live performance DVD recorded at Club Renaissance in New York. This fiery salsa session features material from Son Cafe's CDs Bailando Con Azucar and Tributo. Irizarry opens with a short but sweet biographic history — there are short clips (clippettes, really) of him with Barretto, Seis del Solar with Ruben Blades, and Cachao. But then the show begins ...and Irizarry and crew kick into gear. They perform material to please the crowd including Tributo's fine medleys (Cha-Cha-Chá, Sonora Matancera, La Lupe, and Charlie Palmieri) There's some intermittent footage of behind the scenes studio sessions too, but it's the Son Cafe stone-solid rhythm section and the power of Jorge Maldonado and Elsa Ozuna's vocals that really shine. The DVD is a good quality production that clearly shows what we Ne ... continues (BP)

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LA SON CHARANGA
La Son Charanga - U.S. Tour 2001 DVD
Exclusivo/Latino's & Co. / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98

Originally released: 2004
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA
EditorsPick: Live performances by La Son Charanga, the salsa/charanga band conceived by Diego Gale of Colombia. Ten tracks. ... continues (BP)

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SONEROS DE VERDAD
Sounds Of Cuba DVD
Kultur/SRO / Original Price: $21.98 / Now Only: $17.58

Originally released: 2005
Category: DVD; SALSA/SON; CUBA
EditorsPick: Nice, if roughly hewn, concert held outdoors in the stately courtyard of Cuba’s La Casa de Amistad. Soneros De Verdad, a Buena Vista style aggregation of singers and musicians interpret the son, danzon and bolero in traditional Cuban style. With a lot of soul and sabor. With singers Pio Leyva, Luis Frank and Julio Fernandez. With Guillermo and Jesús Rubalcaba on piano. 60 minutes, all regions. Recommended. ... continues (BP)

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LA SONORA CARRUSELES
Heavy Salsa & Sweet Boogaloo DVD With Bonus CD
Fuentes / Original Price: $19.95 / Now Only: $15.96

Originally released: 2003
Category: DVD; SALSA COLOMBIA; COLOMBIA

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JOAN SORIANO
El Duque De La Bachata CD & DVD Package
iASO Records / Original Price: $17.98 / Now Only: $14.38
(original import)

Originally released: 2010
Category: MERENGUE/BACHATA; BACHATA; DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
EditorsPick: Special CD and DVD package set. The DVD includes the documentary film The Duke of Bachata, and a buns track, Vocales de Amor.

"Soriano’s music is gorgeous. He displays an emotionally powerful voice, versatility with bachata’s classic style of guitar playing, and compelling original compositions about love and loss."
- Deborah Pacini Hernandez, author “Bachata: a social history”

"It’s a story as old as the guitar, which has been played in Santo Domingo, the first Spanish city in the New World, since before the guitar had six strings. Yanquis are about to get a taste of beautiful bitterness."
- Ned Sublette, author “Cuba and its Music”

Born in the rural countryside near Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, Joan Soriano infuses steel string b ...
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MICHAEL SPIRO
Introduction To The Conga Drum DVD
Sher Music / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98

Originally released: 2008
Category: DVD; AFRO-LATIN PERCUSSION
EditorsPick: For beginners, or anyone needing a solid foundation in conga drum technique. This will become the standard conga drum instructional DVD for years to come, because it is the first thorough and comprehensive DVD designed to help the beginning conga player get started playing the conga drum properly. Two hours of world-class instruction by Grammy-nominated percussionist, author, recording artist and professor, MICHAEL SPIRO. Beautifully photographed from three different camera angles, and divided into easy-to-find chapters for convenient replay. PART I - Easy to follow, step-by-step approach to learning all the basic strokes and sounds on the conga drum, regardless of the style of music you want to play. PART II - Dozens of exercises to help you combine the basic strokes into patterns that ... continues (BP)

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BRENDA K. STARR
All Time Greatest Hits - DVD
Platano / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98

Originally released: 2002
Category: DVD; SALSA/SON

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SUR CARIBE
Horizonte Próximo CD & DVD Set
Egrem / Original Price: $17.98 / Now Only: $14.38
(original import)

Originally released: 2010
Category: SALSA/SON; TIMBA; CUBA
EditorsPick: Fiery Cuban pop-timba-salsa dance material by one of the most exciting and respected bands on the island. Director and singer Ricardo Leyva is in top form here, infusing a pan-Caribbean feel to this club-ready batch of tracks. Not your typical timba fare - Sur Caribe is interested in pushing boundaries both musically and lyrically. So, you can have a lush pop-rock-jazz track followed, naturally, by a pilon-timba. Very funky, and it works. Comes with an 8 song DVD that doesn't simply repeat the cd tracks, as so many cd-dvd sets do these days. Now that's cool. Check out the audio clips -- I'm listening to "Todo Por El Son" right now and, damn, it's good. Lots of guests like Juan Formell, Omara Portuondo, Elmer Ferrer and Frank Fernandez. One of the most interesting Cuban titles of the year. ... continues (BP)

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ORQUESTA TABACO Y RON
Te Lo Dije - CD & Bonus DVD
Dimelo / Original Price: $17.98 / Now Only: $14.38

Originally released: 2003
Category: DVD; SALSA/SON
EditorsPick: The West Coast salsa scene is exploding, in no small part, because of Héctor Manuel Rivera and his Tabaco Y Ron Orquesta. This is salsa made with only one goal in mind: fill up the dance floor. This is their third release, not counting their popular remix CD, Remezclaó Pa’ Bailar (2002) -- and this one, folks, may be their best yet. Continuing their tradition of laying down relentless dance-driven riffs topped with Martin Padilla’s iron-clad, no-nonsense delivery (at times sounding a bit like Oscar D’Leon), “Te Lo Dije” succeeds where others often fail: they keep the momentum going from beginning to end. And, by borrowing proven modes from Cuba and Puerto Rico, they do it well. While producer Nissim Baly does throw a curve ball or two with with each release ( ... continues (BP)

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OLGA TAÑON
4/13 CD & DVD Package
Sony Music / Zamora / Original Price: $16.98 / Now Only: $13.58

Originally released: 2009
Category: POP/OTHER; POP LATIN
EditorsPick: Ms. Tañon's latest release, a Cd and DVD set, is a mix of salsa, merengue and pop. It includes tracks "Amor Entres Tres," "Pasion Morena," "Navidad Boricua," and a series of medleys as well. ... continues (BP)

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OLGA TAÑON
Exitos En Video
Warner Music / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98

Originally released: 2002
Category: DVD; POP LATIN

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OLGA TAÑON
Olga Viva, Viva Olga: En Concierto DVD
Warner Music / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98

Originally released: 2002
Category: DVD; POP LATIN

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TELENOVELA
Amor Real - 2 DVD Set
Xenon/Televisa / Original Price: $18.98 / Now Only: $15.18

Originally released: 2005
Category: DVD; TV SERIES
EditorsPick: The wildly successful Mexican telenovela Amor Real charts the lifelong, on-again, off-again romance between pampered aristocrat Matilde (Adela Noriega) and the man who was kept from her by her parents, the dashing peasant Adolfo (Mauricio Islas). Set against the backdrop of 19th century Mexico, the series followed the forbidden lovers through war, poverty, pregnancy, and other tumultuous plot twists over the course of its two-year run. ~ Michael Hastings, All Movie Guide Spanish, with English Subtitles. 436 Minutes. Color. ... continues (DR)

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TELENOVELA
El Ventilador - 6 DVD Set
FM/Caracol / Original Price: $69.98 / Now Only: $55.98
(original import)

Originally released: 2007
Category: DVD; TV SERIES; COLOMBIA
EditorsPick: Complete 6-DVD set of "El Ventilador" Colombian miniseries, Spanish language. Multi-region DVD's. From back cover: "Es la historia de Julian aldana y Eliana Angel, dos periodistas comprometidos con una investigacion que busca desenmascarar una red de narcotraficantes que ademas estan efectuando asesinatos selectivos en la ciudad, interpretados por Marlon Moreno y Carolina Acevedo. El Ventilador es una serie de suspenso y accion, que se convierte en un reflejo de la realidad y que muestra la dedicacion de los reporteros de investigacion que no dudan en convertisrse en carnes de cañón para develar verdades." ... continues (DR)

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TELENOVELA
La Usurpadora - 2 DVD Set
Xenon/Televisa / Original Price: $14.98 / Now Only: $11.98

Originally released: 2004
Category: DVD; TV SERIES
EditorsPick: The strange relationship between two women is the subject matter for LA USURPADORA. On meeting, the women are shocked to find how alike they are. A perfect physical match, the two only differ with their directly opposite views on life. While one wears her heart on her sleeve, the other is full of hatred and bile. To make matters worse, the coldhearted half of this curious pair of doppelgangers is caught up in a marriage to a man she doesn't care for. Sensing an out, she forces her lookalike friend to enter into a relationship with her husband so she can enjoy the freedom she so desperately craves. But such activities can only lead to further harm, and as LA USURPADORA reaches it's nail-biting finale, the two women have to make some vital decisions to bring some equilibrium back into to the ... continues (DR)

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TELENOVELA
Rubi - 3 Discos Dobles
Xenon/Televisa / Original Price: $18.98 / Now Only: $15.18

Originally released: 2005
Category: DVD; TV SERIES
EditorsPick: Aclamada por el público y la crítica como la mejor telenovela del 2004. Rubí es una sensual y tormentosa historia llena de intrigas, traiciones y justicia divina que le estremecerá aún más gracias al extenso material adicional que contiene esta edición especial. El destino le ha negado a Rubí (Bárbara Mori) una buena situación económica, pero la ha favorecido con una extraordinaria belleza, de la que hará su herramienta para conseguir su mayor anhelo, ser rica. Su enfermiza obsesión, causada por la vanidad, el orgullo y la codicia que la invaden, la llevará a sacrificar a su más grande amor, Alejandro (Eduardo Santamarina), un médico cuya familia carece de fortuna. También cometerá la más vil de las traiciones, buscar casarse con Héctor (Sebastián Rulli) un joven millonario, el cual es nov ... continues (DR)

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TELENOVELA
Sin Tetas No Hay Paraiso- 6 DVD Set
FM/Caracol / Original Price: $69.98 / Now Only: $55.98
(original import)

Originally released: 2007
Category: DVD; TV SERIES; COLOMBIA
EditorsPick: Es la dramática historia sobre el daño moral y cultural que han hecho los narcotraficantes a toda una generación de miseria, llevandola a un mundo que no le pertenece y tarde o temprano termina cobrando un alto precio por su ambición y vanidad. Sin Tetas no hay paraiso habla sobre Catalina , una mujer de escasos recursos, que en su obsesión por aumentarse el busto, termina convirtiendose en una joven "prepago" Yésica su mejor amiga y la proxeneta del barrio es la encargada de conseguirles a todas sus amigas, citas con los narcotraficantes más importantes. El paraiso de suntuosidades y opulencias se convierten en su peor pesadilla. La ambición de Catalina lleva por caminos que nunca imaginó hasta llegara perderlo todo, incluso "sus tetas" Destrozada ante tantas derrotas en su vida decide in ... continues (DR)

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STEVE THORNTON
The Rhythmic Construction Of World Music - With Little Johnny Rivero & Luisito Quintero DVD
Latin Percussion / Original Price: $19.95 / Now Only: $15.96

Originally released: 2003
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; AFRO-LATIN PERCUSSION
EditorsPick: A percussionist's must-have. ... continues (BP)

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EDDIE TORRES
Eddie Torres Teaches Salsa Nightclub Style - 2 DVD Set
E&E ON 2 / Original Price: $32.98 / Now Only: $26.38

Originally released: 2005
Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; DANCE INSTRUCTION
EditorsPick: In celebration of its ten years as the premier salsa dance instructional, Eddie Torres Teaches Salsa Nightclub Style has just been released as a 2-DVD set. As one of salsa's first professionally produced dance instructionals, this package created quite a stir when originally released on video in 1995. Now, a decade later, this much sought after learning tool is made even better with its availability in convenient, crisp, DVD form. This 2 DVD set will equip you with all of the necessary elements to help turn you in to the dancer you always wanted to be. Eddie and his crew of top-notch dancers reveal all the secrets of his award winning dancing technique. Mr. Torres is an articulate, enthusiastic, and nuanced teacher who exudes style. On these DVDs the couples demonstrate their moves togeth ... continues (BP)

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WILLY TORRES
Singing Salsa / Cantando Salsa, Techniques, Traditions and Applications - DVD
Hal Leonard / Original Price: $24.95 / Now Only: $19.96

Category: INSTRUCTIONAL; INSTRUCTIONAL: OTHER
EditorsPick: The first instructional DVD that we have seen that focuses exclusively on salsa singing. Willy Torres is an excellent singer, and makes for a fine instructor in the art of salsa singing. Recommended. ... continues (BP)

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TRUCO & ZAPEROKO
Live In Dax, France - DVD
Güicharo Recordings / Original Price: $21.98 / Now Only: $17.58

Originally released: 2007
Category: DVD; FOLKLORIC; PUERTO RICO
EditorsPick: Like a double shot of espreso, this live performance DVD by the hybrid plena-salsa orchestra will both stimulate and leave you wanting more. Led by Edwin “Zaperoko” Feliciano and Héctor “Truco” Valentin, the band’s DNA is clearly made up of equal parts Puerto Rico and Cuba. Recorded live at the Festival Toros y Salsa in September of 2006, the show is a non-stop Afro-Caribbean dance party. Plena, bomba, songó, salsa, rumba are tighly woven into a melange of kick-butt material that fits perfectly into this modern world. Truco & Zaperoko is one of the few bands that clearly embrace, at least musically, the notion of “one world Latino.” And it works. These guys are true ambassadors of Afro-Caribbean music. Approximately 130 minutes. Excellent audio, moderate picture quality, and a heck of a lo ... continues (BP)

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BEBO VALDES
Bebo De Cuba: 2 CDs Plus DVD (Three Disk Package) NTSC
Calle 54 Records/BMG Ariola / Original Price: $29.99 / Now Only: $23.99
(original import)

Originally released: 2004
Category: SALSA/SON; SON, GUARACHA, GUAJIRA; CUBA
EditorsPick: Originally released with the DVD in PAL format. Now available here on NTSC... Here was our original review: Yet another gem from Bebo, whose late career is as prolific and fertile as any time in life. The album includes two CDs, one called Suite Cubana, the other El Solar de Bebo. Suite Cubana is a big band album that features some of the best musicians in the Latin world, including the reeds of Paquito, Bobby Porcelli, Mario Rivera and Bob Franceschini, the trumpets of Michael Philip Mossman, Diego Urcola, Ray Vega, the trombones of J. P. Torres, Luis Bonilla and Papo Vazquez. The rhythm section includes John Benitez on bass Dafnis on drums, Milton Cardona on percussion, along with Joe Gonzalez and Rickard Valdez. It's a big band Latin jazz record, and it swings fully, with huge orchestr ... continues (Peter Watrous)

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BEBO VALDES
Blanco Y Negro: Bebo & Cigala En Vivo, 2 DVD Package
BMG/Bluebird / Original Price: $29.98 / Now Only: $23.98
(original import)

Originally released: 2004
Category: DVD; SON, GUARACHA, GUAJIRA; CUBA
EditorsPick: Superbly filmed, this two DVD package consists of an 80 minute live performance in Mallorca in June of 2003, as well as a 58 minute documentary entitled "La Cocina De Bebo Y Cigala" which is about the history of their collaboration, as well as the behind the scenes preparation for their concert and the critically acclaimed CD Lágrimas Negras. Produced by Fernando Trueba, the award winning director of Calle 54 and Javier Limón. Mr. Valdes' rich and elegant piano playing paired with Cigala's rough-edged heartfelt voice is a marriage made in musical heaven. With pristine lighting and direction, this must be one of the most beautifully filmed performances to have ever been documented. A pure gem. Hard to find import title. NTSC. Lim ... continues (BP)

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JESUS "CHUCHO" VALDES
Chucho Valdés Featuring Irakere: Latin Jazz Founders - DVD
Malanga Time / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98
(original import)

Originally released: 2005
Category: DVD; LATIN JAZZ; CUBA
EditorsPick: Combining vintage footage of performances with up-to-date commentary by Mr. Valdes and his associates, you are able to get a extremely detailed picture of the birth and evolution of the now legendary institution of Irakere, Cuba’s foremost Latin Jazz group. Formed in 1973, but with roots that began ten years prior, Irakere’s sound was heavily influenced by Yoruban folklore -- utilizing batá and other types of percussion not typically used in jazz prior. The sound was explosive and gave birth to dense jazz orchestration and improvisation. Carlos Del Puerto (Bass), Oscar Valdes (percussion) and Chucho Valdes (piano) were the core band that eventually grew to a huge group that included Paquito D’ Rivera, Enrique Plá, Julio Padrón, César López, Jorge Reyes, José Luis Cortes and many other now ... continues (BP)

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JESUS "CHUCHO" VALDES
Clasicos Cubanos: Chucho Valdes En Vivo DVD & CD Set
Factoria Autor / Original Price: $36.98 / Now Only: $29.58
(original import)

Originally released: 2008
Category: DVD; LATIN JAZZ; CUBA
EditorsPick: In addition to the live concert performance, the DVD also includes an extensive interview with Chucho Valdes. With the tracks "Dias De Noviembre," "A Ernesto," "Son De La Loma," "Cancion De Cuna Para Miguel," amd the venerable "El Manisero." Recommended. ... continues (BP)

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BOBBY VALENTIN
En Vivo Desde Bellas Artes - DVD
Bronco / Original Price: $27.98 / Now Only: $22.38

Originally released: 1991
Reissued: 2004
Category: DVD; SALSA/SON; PUERTO RICO
EditorsPick: OK folks, one of salsa's best live performances has finally made it to DVD. This nearly three-hour live concert from 1991 -- held at the Bellas Artes theater in Puerto Rico -- celebrates Bobby Valentin's 25 years as Puerto Rico's premier bassist-bandleader. Here Mr. Valentin leads his superb band through hit after hit like De Nuevo A La Carga, Complicación, Naci Moreno, Huracan De Pasión, Fidelidad, Prestame Tu Caballo, Pirata De La Mar, Soy Boricua and many others. No less than ten esteemed vocalists participated in this tremendous event. They are: Johnny Vazquez, Marvin Santiago (who has, sadly, passed away a few days ago), Frankie Hernandez, Luigi Texidor, Vicentico Valdes, Rafu Warner, Luisito Carrion, Marcelino Morales, Giovanny Lugo, and Ramsey Rios. Pretty impressive. It is obv ... continues (BP)

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BOBBY VALENTIN
Evolution - CD & DVD
Bronco / Original Price: $21.98 / Now Only: $17.58

Originally released: 2008
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA; PUERTO RICO
EditorsPick: ***Best of 2008 Editors Pick Award*** It's in! The highly anticipated new project by the veteran bassist has the earmarks of a classic. Valentin knows exactly who he is and where he came from, at ease taking on past gems in a manner that is neither nostalgic or kitsch: with a purity of vision he makes them his own. With Evolution, an apt title indeed, he has produced one of the most intriguing and well-balanced salsa records I have heard in a long time: a class act that's smart, stylish, and packed with four decades of salsa know-how. The former Fania All Star brought in some special friends like Ray De La Paz, Luis Marin and Paoli Mejias to help give life to some savory new compositions and a crop of exemplary cover renditions like Silvestre Mendez' "Clotide," Enrique Bonnet's "Que Me Dig ... continues (BP)

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BOBBY VALENTIN
¡En Vivo! 35 Aniversario Vuelve A La Carcel DVD
Bronco / Original Price: $27.98 / Now Only: $22.38

Originally released: 2003
Category: DVD; PERFORMANCE; PUERTO RICO
EditorsPick: Okay folks, you wanted a world-class salsa performance on DVD, right? Look no further. This is by far the best straight-up salsa DVD produced to date. Here's what I wrote about the 2-CD audio release of this performance some months ago... "In what may be the best live salsa show in years, Bobby and his crew have returned to the venue that created the classics Va A La Carcel Volumes 1 and 2... the state penitentiary. Recorded in Penitenciaria Estatal “Oso Blanco” in Rio Piedras PR, Mr. Valentin has discovered the real meaning of a captive audience. Jokes aside, this salsa explosion features special guests musicians Roberto Roena, Papo Lucca, Pedro Guzman and Giovanni Hidalgo. Did I mention the singers? Let’s see, there’s Rubén Blades, Cheo Feliciano, Luigi Texidor, Marvin Santiago, Charlie ... continues (BP)

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LOS VAN VAN
Aquí El Que Baila Gana - El Concierto: DVD
Sony/Planet / Original Price: $19.98 / Now Only: $15.98
(original import)

Originally released: 2008
Category: DVD; TIMBA; CUBA
EditorsPick: ***Best of 2008 Editors Pick Award*** Previously released as a DVD and 2-CD set (see here), this great performance is now available here as a DVD only... Finally, a superb quality DVD concert performance befitting the legacy of Juan Formell y Los Van Van. And what a legacy! Formell and his crew have been churning out major hits with infectious hooks for four decades. They're, in large part, responsible for the "new" Cuban sound of popular music, combining salsa with songo and inevitably enabling the advent of timba. That, folks, is no small feat. This performance, at the Teatro Karl Marx in Havana, had the packed-to-capacity crowd riveted and mouthing every word along with the singers Mario "Mayito" Rivera, Roberto Hernandez — who ... continues (BP)

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LOS VAN VAN
Aquí El Que Baila Gana - El Concierto: DVD & 2-CD Set!
Planet/Egrem / Original Price: $27.98 / Now Only: $22.38
(original import)

Originally released: 2008
Category: DVD; TIMBA; CUBA
EditorsPick: ***Best of 2008 Editors Pick Award*** Finally, a superb quality DVD concert performance befitting the legacy of Juan Formell y Los Van Van. And what a legacy! Formell and his crew have been churning out major hits with infectious hooks for four decades. They're, in large part, responsible for the "new" Cuban sound of popular music, combining salsa with songo and inevitably enabling the advent of timba. That, folks, is no small feat. This performance, at the Teatro Karl Marx in Havana, had the packed-to-capacity crowd riveted and mouthing every word along with the singers Mario "Mayito" Rivera, Roberto Hernandez — who breaks the show in with a sizzling "Chapeando," Yenisel Valdes and Abdel Rasalps. "Que No, Que No," "El Baile del Buey Cansa'o," "Sandunguera" and "El Negro Está Cocinando" ar ... continues (BP)

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LOS VAN VAN
Live At Miami Arena: DVD Plus Bonus 2-CD Package
Havana Caliente / Original Price: $29.95 / Now Only: $23.96

Originally released: 2003
Category: DVD; SALSA CUBANA; CUBA
EditorsPick: Despite the protests of 5,000 or so angry demonstrators, and the fact that fans had to be escorted by police into the arena, Los Van Van -- arguably Cuba’s greatest dance band -- finally got to put on a historic show at the Miami Arena -- and they rocked the house to a packed audience. The concert included repertoire from their 30+ year career and included their 1969 rock hit “Marilu.” Also included is a potpourri of ‘70s material that firmly established them as the island’s premier dance band. But this was not a simple nostalgia show. Van Van, fronted by vocalist Mayito Rivera, Pedrito Calvo and Roberto Hernandez, had them all dancing with their, then, new material from the Grammy award winning “Llegó van Van” (1999) and other recent releases. It seemed that much of the audience knew the ... continues (BP)

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LOS VAN VAN
Live In Europe DVD
Universal/Pimienta / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98

Originally released: 2005
Category: DVD; SALSA CUBANA; CUBA
EditorsPick: Terrific complete live concert, recorded in the mid '80s, at Theaterhaus Wangen, Germany. This 89 minute performance features superstar pianist/composer Cesar "Pupy" Pedroso, as well as master timbalero Changuito. With vocalists Pedrito Calvo and Mario Valdés. There is also a bonus, more recent, 18 minute concert recorded at La Piragua, Havana, Cuba, which features the singers Mayito Rivera, Yenisel Valdes "Yenny," Abdal Rasalps "Lele," and Roberto Hernandez. Total running time: 114 minutes. Region 0 (Code free). NTSC format. English, Deutsch, Español. Highly Recommended. ... continues (BP)

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LOS VAN VAN
Live In New York: Los Van Van Black & White Collector's Edition DVD
Mundo Libre / Original Price: $19.98 / Now Only: $15.98

Originally released: 1996
Reissued: 2008
Category: DVD; SALSA CUBANA; CUBA
EditorsPick: First time on DVD: The historic premiere U.S. performance of the venerable Cuban dance band. Recorded in New York on December 13, 1996, Juan Formell and Los Van Van perform their classics "Empezó La Fiesta," "Que Le Den Candela," "Sandunguera," "Soy Todo" and much more. With singers Mayito Rivera, Pedrito Calvo and Roberto Hernandez. Also with keyboardist/arranger Cesar "Pupy" Pedroso. Highly Recommended. ... continues (BP)

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PEDRO VARGAS
¡Maravilloso! Un Siglo Del Tenor Continental Don Pedro Vargas: CD & DVD Package Set
Sony/BMG Mexico / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98
(original import)

Originally released: 2006
Category: DVD; BOLERO / BALADA
EditorsPick: Special CD and DVD package! ... continues (BP)

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TONY VEGA
Tony Vega En Concierto DVD
Sony/Codisco/ Tropisounds / Original Price: $19.98 / Now Only: $15.98
(original import)

Originally released: 2008
Category: DVD; SALSA/SON
EditorsPick: Back in stock! ***Best of 2008 Editors Pick Award*** Just in! New concert (DVD) by the popular salsa singer Tony Vega. Live performance from Colombia featuring Diego Gale and his top notch crew. Highly Recommended. ... continues (BP)

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CAETANO VELOSO
Un Caballero De Fina Estampa: Gravado Ao Vivo En Rio De Janeiro - DVD
Universal / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98

Originally released: 2003
Category: DVD; POP LATIN; BRAZIL

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JOHNNY VENTURA
45 Aniversario: Live Concert With Special Guests - DVD
Johnny Ventura/Ares / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98

Originally released: 2005
Category: DVD; MERENGUE; DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
EditorsPick: Live concert celebrating Johnny Ventura's 45th anniversary as a performer. Mr. Ventura performs on a few numbers, but this is primarily a various-artists concert featuring some big-name merengue, bachata and salsa acts like Los Hermanos Rosario, Los Toros Band, Kinito Mendez, Milly Quezada, Grupo Niche, El Gran Combo, José Alberto "El Canario," and Celia Cruz. Held at the Estadio Olimpico in Santo Domingo in 2002. ... continues (BP)

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VICO C
El Encuentro CD & DVD Package
EMI / Original Price: $18.98 / Now Only: $15.18

Originally released: 2006
Category: DVD; REGGAETON
EditorsPick: Vico C's brand of reggaeton — it's a CD and DVD package, and features Gilberto Santa Rosa on a track, and another one with Eddie Dee. ... continues (BP)

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WARAPO
Tengo Nada - CD & DVD Set
Egrem / Original Price: $19.98 / Now Only: $15.98
(original import)

Originally released: 2008
Category: POP/OTHER; TROPICAL; CUBA
EditorsPick: Rock en Espanol, from Cuba, which is news in itself. Not a bad band, either, one that draws on all sorts of sources, including Manu Chao, and all the forgotten reggae-esque groups, plus a touch of big band horn writing etc., etc. Nice Dvd comes with the package, that features a bunch of their videos and a documentary. It’s nicely melodic, and sometimes rockish, and the lead singer has the rhythmic accuracy one might expect, so the phrases have some nice sharpness and shape to them. Highly Recommended. ... continues (Peter Watrous)

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WISIN & YANDEL
La Pelicula - DVD
Universal/Machete/Fresh / Original Price: $18.98 / Now Only: $15.18

Originally released: 2007
Category: DVD; FILM
EditorsPick: Conoce la vida de Wisin y Yandel, sus comienzos en la música y como llegaron hasta el éxito que hoy los arropa. [from the cover] Approx. 55 minutes. ... continues ()

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YORUBA ANDABO
Rumba En La Habana Con Yoruba Andabo - DVD
Universal/Pimienta / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98

Originally released: 2005
Category: FOLKLORIC; RUMBA and/or SANTERIA/LUCUMI; CUBA
EditorsPick: Alternating between live performance and representational vignettes of the orishas, this DVD is a good visual document of both rumba and santeria dance and percussion. Featuring performances of Guaguancó, Yambú, Abakuá, Columbia, as well as a 33 minute segment of religious material (Eleggúa, Oggún, Ochún, Yemayá, Oyá, Changó, Babalú Ayé, Obbatalá). There's also Guaguancó-flamenco, a rumba-rap and a conga. In depth liner notes describing the orishas and more. 103 minutes in total! Recommended. ... continues (BP)

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YUMURÍ Y SUS HERMANOS
Yumuri Live - DVD & CD Package
BIS / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98
(original import)

Originally released: 2005
Category: DVD; SALSA CUBANA; CUBA
EditorsPick: Terrific high-energy live performance by Yumurí (Moises Valle) y Sus Hermanos. The show, from the Casa De La Música in Havana, Cuba, was well documented by this quality multi-camera production. The package comes with both a DVD and CD, so you can either watch the show on your TV (or computer) or listen to it in your car. With compositions mostly by Candido Fabré and Yumurí, you can expect the material to be fiery salsa Cubana at its best. It is... it gets the dancers up and moving. It's nice to finally have a good quality DVD of a modern live Cuban salsa performance. This will not disappoint. Also has bonus video clips and an interview with Yumurí. Multizone, NTSC. With English subtitles. Dolby stereo. 110 minutes. Highly Recommended. ... continues (BP)

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YUSA
Yusa Live At Ronnie Scotts' - DVD & CD Package
Tumi / Original Price: $34.98 / Now Only: $27.98
(original import)

Originally released: 2004
Category: DVD; PERFORMANCE; CUBA
EditorsPick: Very limited quantities. The DVD is PAL version only, to be played only on machines in Europe, or on multi-standard players. Comes with audio CD as well. ... continues (BP)

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LOS ZAFIROS
Los Zafiros: Music From The Edge Of Time DVD
Shout Factory / Vivendi / Original Price: $21.98 / Now Only: $17.58

Originally released: 2007
Category: DVD; DOCUMENTARY; CUBA
EditorsPick: For those whose lives they deeply touched, Los Zafiros are legends. Often referred to as The Beatles of 1960s Cuba, The Sapphires were a Cuban musical phenomenon molded by their time and place. Best described as world music before there was world music, they caused a sensation in Havana and beyond into the early 1970s with their brilliant mix of American-inspired doo-wop touched with Afro-Cuban rhythms, salsa son and other traditional Latin forms. Music, history and emotion fuel this dynamic, award-winning film tribute from producer-director Lorenzo DeStefano. Against the backdrop of the Bay of Pigs invasion and the Cuban Missile Crisis, five youths from the tough musical district of Cayo Huesto in Havana decided to form a vocal group. Over thirty years after their breakup, the two surviv ... continues (BP)

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ORQUESTA ZODIAC
DVD Historia En Vivo - 30 Aniversario Salsa Clásica Exitos Año 70 - DVD
Studios Borinquen/DG / Original Price: $19.98 / Now Only: $15.98

Originally released: 2006
Category: DVD; SALSA/SON; PUERTO RICO
EditorsPick: DVD. Live performance from Puerto Rico's veteran salsa band. Zodiac is the kind of hard working band that excels in a small club setting. This show, held at La Escuela De La Communidad Mediana Baja Intermedia De Loiza, has good sound and a decent picture, despite the obvious low budget, single camera shoot. They play their best known hits like "Sinceridad," and "Panteón De Amor." ... continues (BP)

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ZONA 3
Hoy, En Los Años 60's - CD + DVD Set
Talent Beach / Original Price: $18.98 / Now Only: $15.18
(original import)

Originally released: 2008
Category: SALSA/SON; SALSA COLOMBIA; COLOMBIA
EditorsPick: Some sort of a boy group from Miami by way of Colombia or vice versa - not much info on the liners; they mix modern salsa with hits like La Bamba, and bits of reggaeton. Smooth, radio salsa, highly poppish and pretty well done. There’s a 40 minute live dvd that comes along with the cd; the production is really high level; money was spent. Recommended. ... continues (Peter Watrous)

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VARIOUS ARTISTS
100 Sones Cubanos, 5 CD Plus DVD Box Set
J&N / Original Price: $59.95 / Now Only: $47.96

Originally released: 2010
Category: SALSA/SON; SON, GUARACHA, GUAJIRA; CUBA
EditorsPick: Major project by Edesio Alejandro... Una extraordinaria colección que contiene la historia y evolución del son Incluye cinco discos llenos de éxitos musicales y un documental con la participación de músicos, intérpretes y conocedores del género. En el documental se aprecian entrevistas con grandes cultores del género Edesio Alejandro, destacado músico cubano, fue el productor general de "100 Sones Cubanos." La colección contiene cinco discos compactos con 20 icónicos temas cada uno, más un DVD en alta definición con imágenes y entrevistas exclusivas. El pueblo cubano, con su sabiduría popular, ha seleccionado el centenar de sones más relevantes y autóctonos para crear la compilación discográfica que resume como ninguna otra la historia y evolución del contagioso ritmo.   La extraordinari ... continues (BP)

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VARIOUS ARTISTS
16 Hits De Salsa Dura
Fuentes / Original Price: $19.95 / Now Only: $15.96
(original import)

Originally released: 2003
Category: DVD; SALSA COLOMBIA; COLOMBIA

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VARIOUS ARTISTS
1st Annual World Salsa Championships, Las Vegas 2005 - Vol. 1 (Couples) DVD
World Salsa Championships / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98

Originally released: 2006
Category: DVD; DANCE INSTRUCTION
EditorsPick: Terrific high quality DVD, first shown on ESPN International, of the final competitions in the couples dancing "On 1" and "On 2" divisions. The 2005 1st Annual World Salsa Championships, held in Las Vegas, brought dancers from the USA, Japan, Australia, Korea, Colombia, Sweden, Puerto Rico and many other countries together to compete in these prestigious events. With commentary by salsa event organizer and dance master, Albert Torres. Approx. 1 hour 34 minutes. Formatted for worldwide viewing. Highly Recommended. This is Volume 1. For Volume 2, click here. ... continues (BP)

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VARIOUS ARTISTS
1st Annual World Salsa Championships, Las Vegas 2005 - Vol. 2 DVD
World Salsa Championships / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98

Originally released: 2006
Category: DVD; DANCE INSTRUCTION
EditorsPick: Terrific high quality DVD, first shown on ESPN International, of the final competitions in the "Cabaret" and "Teams" divisions. The 2005 1st Annual World Salsa Championships, held in Las Vegas, brought dancers from the USA, Japan, Australia, Korea, Colombia, Sweden, Puerto Rico and many other countries together to compete in these prestigious events. With commentary by salsa event organizer and dance master, Albert Torres. Approx. 1 hour 34 minutes. Formatted for worldwide viewing. Highly Recommended. This is Volume 2. For Volume 1, click here. ... continues (BP)

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VARIOUS ARTISTS
2nd Annual World Salsa Championships, Las Vegas 2006 - Vol. 1 (Couples) DVD
World Salsa Championships / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98

Originally released: 2008
Category: DVD; DANCE INSTRUCTION
EditorsPick: Take home the action from the 2nd Annual World Salsa Championships celebrated in Las Vegas, Nevada in December 2006. As seen on television, Australia, Colombia, Mexico and USA defend their titles in a fierce and historic competition. The DVD set contains the final competition of the "On 1" (Los Angeles Style) and "Cabaret" divisions from the telecast of the 2006 2nd Annual World Salsa Championships shown on ESPN International and ESPN Deportes, without commercial interruption, including bonus features. With this DVD, you are in control of every frame of video as renowned TV producer Rob Beiner captures the emotion, movements and passion of the best dancers in the world en route to crowning the champions of the 2nd Annual World Salsa Championships. Bonus Features Include: Dance Exhibitions ... continues (DR)

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VARIOUS ARTISTS
2nd Annual World Salsa Championships, Las Vegas 2006 - Vol. 2 (Teams) DVD
World Salsa Championships / Original Price: $24.98 / Now Only: $19.98

Originally released: 2008
Category: DVD; DANCE INSTRUCTION
EditorsPick: Take home the action from the 2nd Annual World Salsa Championships celebrated in Las Vegas, Nevada in December 2006. As seen on television, Australia, Colombia, Mexico and USA defend their titles in a fierce and historic competition. The DVD set contains the final competition of the "On 2" (New York Style) and "Team" divisions from the telecast of the 2006 2nd Annual World Salsa Championships shown on ESPN International and ESPN Deportes, without commercial interruption, including bonus features. With this DVD, you are in control of every frame of video as renowned TV producer Rob Beiner captures the emotion, movements and passion of the best dancers in the world en route to crowning the champions of the 2nd Annual World Salsa Championships. Bonus Features Include: Dance Exhibitions: Yabo ... continues (DR)

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VARIOUS ARTISTS
30 Bachatas Pegaditas En Video - Lo Nuevo Y Lo Mejor 2009 2-DVD Set
Sony Music Latin / Mock & Roll / Original Price: $17.98 / Now Only: $14.38

Originally released: 2009
Category: DVD; BACHATA
EditorsPick: This 2-DVD set features videos by Luis Miguel De Amargue, Grupo Optimo, Oalo, Grupo Secreto, Andy Andy, Ronald Nuñez & El Gringo De La Bachata, Juan Manuel and others. ... continues (BP)

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VARIOUS ARTISTS
30 Merengues Pegaditas En Video - Lo Nuevo Y Lo Mejor 2009 2-DVD Set
Sony Music Latin / Mock & Roll / Original Price: $17.98 / Now Only: $14.38

Originally released: 2009
Category: DVD; MERENGUE
EditorsPick: This 2-DVD set features videos by Elvis Crespo, Illegales, Jandy Ventura & Los Potros, Kinito Mendez, Zafra Negra, Johnny Ventura, Sergio Vargas and others. ... continues (BP)

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VARIOUS ARTISTS
30 Salsas Pegaditas En Video - Lo Nuevo Y Lo Mejor 2009 2-DVD Set
Sony Music Latin / Mock & Roll / Original Price: $17.98 / Now Only: $14.38

Originally released: 2009
Category: DVD; SALSA/SON
EditorsPick: This 2-DVD set features videos by GIlberto Santa Rosa, La Organizacion, Orquesta Canela, Luis Enrique, Charlie Cruz, 3 Son Salsa, Manolito Simonet Y Su Trabuco, Celia Cruz and others. ... continues (BP)

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