Nic & N’Taya’s last two critically acclaimed albums #EstoEsUnMisil y Tu No Querias Changüí? Coje Changüí! have been a testament that classic Cuban music forms like Timba y Changüí are alive and thriving in Miami. Changüí is a music style that originated in the early 19th century in the eastern region of Guantánamo Province, specifically Baracoa. It comes from the rural communities where slaves worked the sugarcane plantations and refineries.
Changüí combines the structure and elements of Spain’s canción and the Spanish guitar with African rhythms and percussion instruments of Bantu origin. Changüí is considered a predecessor of Son Montuno (the ancestor of modern salsa), which has enjoyed tremendous popularity in Cuba throughout the 20th century. Timba is a Cuban genre of music based on popular Cuban music along with Salsa, American Funk/R&B, and the strong influence of Afro-Cuban folkloric music. Timba rhythm sections differ from their salsa counterparts because timba emphasizes the bass drum, which is not used in salsa bands.
Nick “N’Taya” Martinez is a sparkling high-voltage bandleader and singer who has channeled the spirit and drive of the Timba & Changüí genres to a new generation of Salsa dancers. With his band N’Taya he takes these classic forms to popular dance clubs and Latin music parties.