The Kennedy Center

Timba Street


Timba is the fusion of the Son Montuno, Cuban Rumba, and Afro-Cuban rhythms. Timba, or modern Cuban Salsa, at its most energetic and multifaceted, is an urban expression that fuses native African and Cuban rhythms, as well as Afro-American Funk, Jazz, Soul, and Go-Go. 

Aramis Pazos Barrera, a native of the neighborhood El Cerro in Havana, Cuba and director of Timba Street, gathered this group of talented musicians to continue to promote the tradition of Cuban Salsa in the United States.  He and his musicians want to introduce Americans to the lesser known, truer to its origins and most modern style of Salsa, one that is different from its Puerto Rican counter-part and from the Romantic Salsa of other countries.

The 13 members of Timba Street Cuban Band are from different parts of D.C. and the United States; they have different Afro-descendent cultures and European backgrounds and a common passion for Cuban music.  They are 3 singers (1 woman and 2 men), 4 percussionists (drum set, congas, Guiro and Bongos), 1 bass player, 1 pianist, 2 trombonists, and 2 trumpet player. In their repertoire, they include music from different popular Cuban timba bands. The big and ambitious band performs acoustic music.

With their intention to inspire dancing, the Timba Street Cuban Band incorporates dance performances into their shows.  Their large size is a reflection of the older big Latin bands, such as Beny More, that originated in the early part of the century. It is a dance music style that also discusses current stories and actual happenings. Although they appeal to young popular audiences, the band celebrates the traditions that are nostalgic for older audiences – the music is made for everyone that loves to dance!

Watch Past Performances

Video 3/22/2015: Timba Street with DC Casineros (U.S.)

Timba Street sports a modern Cuban salsa-fusion of Son Montuno, Cuban Rumba, and Afro-Cuban rhythms. Directed by Havana native Aramis Pazos Barrera and featuring members from different parts of D.C. and the United States, the ensemble strives to inspire its audience to dance while introducing this lesser-known, modern style of Cuban salsa. Leading this dance party is DC Casineros, a world-renowned dance company that performs and teaches Cuban dance styles including Rueda de Casino, Afro-Cuban rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Mambo, Danzón, and Yoruba Orisha dance. Free salsa class beginning at 5 p.m.

Video 11/21/2011: Timba Street

The D.C.-based salsa band combines native African and Cuban rhythms with Afro-American funk, jazz, soul, and go-go. A dance floor will be installed. Part of Swing, Swing, Swing.

Timba Street