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Timba Valteriana is the salsa project of Swedish percussionist Valter Kinbom.
Renowned Swedish percussionist Valter Kinbom released this January 14, 2022 the first single from his salsa project Timba Valteriana, “Mil Colores”.
Valter founded Timba Valteriana in 2006, when he started composing salsa songs in collaboration with Cuban musicians Lesmer Solenzar and Pepe Espinosa.
These early songs were never officially released, but received attention in the Peruvian timba scene. Now – after 15 years of silence – it’s time for Timba Valterana’s first official single! The new track “Mil Colores” is a love song that addresses the human inability to see all the nuances and the whole spectrum in the other, and the ease with which we slip into a black and white point of view. A theme that seems more relevant than ever in this day and age.
Timba Valteriana plays Cuban timba (salsa) with influences from many other directions.
The vision is to be innovative by introducing new elements into the music while at the same time there are strong roots in the Cuban soil, also giving space for new means of expression to flourish.
In “Mil Colores” this can be heard through the use of the tres (Cuban three-string, six-string guitar) instead of the piano, and in that Valter here plays four congas for a richer and more melodic “tumbao”.
“Mil Colores” has been written, arranged and recorded by Valter Kinbom in his Stockholm studio, mixed by Monsito Music, Stockholm, and mastered by Fredrik Kinbom at Madame Vega’s Boudoir, Berlin.
Valter Kinbom – lead vocals and backing vocals, congas, timbales, bongo, guiro, bell, tres, synth bass.
Karin Hammar – trombones
Nils Janson – trumpets
Julian Montilla – baby bass
Caroline Schröder – backing vocals
Rapson Espinosa Torres – backing vocals
About Valter Kinbom:
Valter Kinbom, born in Stockholm, is a musician (mainly percussionist) and instrument builder. He studied music mainly in Cuba (Censea, Havanna) and at the Royal College of Music (Kungliga Musikhögskolan) in Stockholm, and over the years has played with many different artists in the Swedish world music scene (Simone Moreno, Hedningarna, Ale Möller, Massivet, Tarabband, Erik Steen, to name a few).
Valter has extensive knowledge of Cuban, Brazilian, Arabic and Western music, as well as other styles such as Flamenco. He loves the complex intricacies of polyrhythmic African music, but also the clean simplicity of Western folk music. His fascination with rhythms and instruments from all parts of the world has led him to a deep understanding of how they interconnect and relate to each other. This, along with his passion to innovate and improve, led him to found his company Valter Percussion in 1997.
Since then, Valter has designed and produced several new percussion instruments that have been recognized by percussion masters around the world, such as Jamey Haddad (Paul Simon), Trilok Gurtu, Marilyn Mazur and many, many more.
After many years in his workshop and playing behind other artists, the time has finally come for Valter to release his own music. “Mil Colores” is just the beginning – there is much more to come.
Private link to listen to “Mil Colores” on SoundCloud:
Private link to “Mil Colores” electronic press kit (WAV and MP3 files, cover art, photos, etc.):
Release Date was this January 14, 2022 (digital).