NG La Banda is a Cuban musical group founded by flutist José Luis "El Tosco" Cortés. NG stands for nueva generación ('next generation'). NG La Banda are the creators of timba (a term coined by Cortés), the most important popular dance and music genre of the past two decades. Prior to founding NG La Banda, Cortés played in the Afro-Cuban jazz-fusion supergroup Irakere, and the seminal songo band Los Van Van.
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NG La Banda combined the innovations of the groups that came before it with many of its own to create a type of music that wasn't son, songo or rumba - nor was it rock, jazz or funk. It had ample amounts of each blended in, but its most potent component was something entirely new - something that was born in the streets and barrios of Havana in the late 1980's as the Berlin Wall crumbled. Cortés called it "timba". Before leaving Irakere, El Tosco had begun what was to be an experimental side-project to "make a study of Cuban music and Jazz".
When José Luis Cortés and NG La Banda (NG stands for "Nueva Generación" or "New Generation") burst onto the scene in 1988 they represented a new pinnacle of achievement in the history of Cuban popular music. Using complex Cuban rythms such as son, songó and rumba blended with rock, jazz and funk, NG La Banda created a new style of music that came to be known as timba.
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