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Ashe, signifying life force and energy in the Yoruba language and culture, is also a powerful concept in Cuban popular and folkloric culture. 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 el Cerro neighborhood in Havana, Cuba, formed his own group to continue to promote this tradition in the United States. He and his musicians want to introduce Americans to another style of Salsa, different from Puerto Rican salsa and "Salsa Romantica."
Aramis y su Orquesta Ashe is composed of three singers (1 woman and 2 men), three percussionists (drum set/ timbales, congas, and bongos), 1 bassist, 1 pianist, 1 saxophonist, 1 flute player, 1 trombonist, and 2 trumpet players. During their shows, they incorporate dance performance, which is intended to inspire dancing. The band’s large size is a reflection of the older big Latin bands, such as Beny More, that originated in the early part of the century.