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A free Internet?

Sometimes music and dancing also have something to do with politics. This is rare, but music can only be created if the social conditions are in place. And this includes musicians, authors, producers, publishers and many others who create music getting something for their work. These days the waves are boiling, because the vote is about a new copyright law in the EU. Let me start by saying that I can only congratulate any Member who dares, in view of the mobilisation against this reform, to give his vote to this draft law!

I run a small music label myself. Since the turn of the millennium my income has gone down the drain. A major reason for this was the use of music on the Internet. Since there were (and still are) no legal regulations in the field of copyright adapted to the digital age, the large Internet platforms1) on which you can listen to music have dictated their own rules for the use of music. On many platforms this meant that for a long time nothing (!) was paid to those who created this music. Until today, minimal amounts are paid with several zeros behind the comma for streaming. No musician can live on it, no music label can live on it.

Musiker Kuba Foto RescioShortly after the turn of the millennium I released the last self-produced CD on my label. In 2007 I released the last album, where the musician had financed the recording himself. I closed my shop in Hamburg at that time, I stopped the internet trade with music later as well.

The legal situation played a significant role in all these decisions. There was no justice. While a company that has become known to us through its search engine has achieved billions in revenues from the use of music1), those who created this music have remained outside.

Now, at the end of this month and after many years of negotiation, a law is to be finally passed that would, for the first time, enable music creators to demand financial compensation for their creations. And already at this point the free Internet is threatened for many.

I do not want to go into further detail at this point as to whether there is still a free Internet at all. I would even like to question whether we have a free Internet. I see rather a dictatorship of some dominant companies1). They play out their power over and over again. At the moment, this is clearly evident in the propaganda against the draft law, in which the company with the search engine1) is using its power to manipulate opinions .

There is talk of "upload filters"2) and the associated restrictions on freedom of expression. First of all, EU copyright law does not contain a single word about upload filters. It states that a platform can be held responsible for its content. Since large Internet platforms1) will draw the consequence from this to filter with artificial intelligence what the users (e.g. on Youtube) upload is to be assumed. It can also be assumed that artificial intelligence will not always recognize whether a contribution is satire, for example. It can be assumed that thousands of uploads, e.g. from Youtube, will be rejected every day without justification.

Yes, I agree with many net activists that there will be censorship. But who censors? In my opinion the censors are the big platforms1) and not the new law.

If artificial intelligence is not clever enough, teams have to be formed that react promptly to user complaints and check the content! Yes, teams - real people that you can write to or call! Unfortunately, however, such a model contradicts the business policy of the major platforms1), which are concerned solely with maximizing their earnings.

A copyright law adapted to the digital age could set a milestone for the Internet giants1) who have been ruthlessly exploiting their power in the lawless space of the digital world3) for years to throw a small stick between their legs.

Admittedly, I personally am not happy with all aspects of the new EU copyright law either. This work is a compromise that has been worked out over years of dispute between the parties involved. But it is an opportunity to do something against the greed of the big platforms within the EU.

A "YES" to copyright reform would be a step that would call on the platforms that dominate the Internet to subordinate themselves to the principles of democratically elected bodies. In my opinion, this would be a step towards more democracy and thus more freedom on the Internet.

With this in mind, I would be happy to support any Member of the European Parliament you know in finding the courage to vote for the new copyright law!

1)In this article I deliberately do not mention any names of internet dominating companies, especially not the name of a big search engine, on which this website is dependent to be found at all. This search engine is not controlled by anyone but the company that runs it. For me it is not unthinkable that this company will represent its own interests and that this will be reflected in the programming of its algorithms. When I last made a search query under Article 13 of EU copyright law, seven of the first 10 hits were against the new copyright law, two were balanced in terms of content, only one was for the new copyright law ...

2) Background to the "Upload Filter": Every day, vast amounts of data are uploaded from users to Youtube or other platforms. If, under the new copyright law, the operator of a platform should be responsible for the legality of its content, it can be assumed that large platforms (such as Youtube) will use software that filters out content that has not been approved by the authors. The name "Uploadfilter" stands for such software. It can be assumed that there is currently no software that will recognize a satire video as satire, for example. Since such a video would be rejected by the filter, critics of the copyright reform speak of an encroachment on freedom of expression.

3) I like to refer to the Internet as a lawless space, since legislation has not lagged behind here in recent decades. Since there were and are hardly any regulations, the major players on the Internet have been able to set up a gigantic surveillance apparatus that has never existed before and which hardly any user of digital media is aware of.  

Please note that English is not my native language and that I used www.deepl.com/translator to translate the original German text. But maybe not everything is as I could express it in German.

Photo: Susanna Rescio

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500 years Havana

On 16 November 2019 Havana celebrates its birthday. In Cuba people are dancing Salsa on this birthday. You can dance with them at this unique celebration in 2019!  And on the price of our group trip in November you get now* a discount of 155 Euro!

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Havana was founded on 16 November 1519 and is now 500 years old! The city is just cleaning itself up. Everywhere is being painted and repaired, new buses for public transport are being purchased, rubbish is being removed - Havana wants to show its best side. And since the Cubans are world champions in celebrating, the celebrations for the 500th have already begun a few months ago.

Of course there's dancing, too. And if you want to be there and dance with them, you now have the opportunity to register for a unique group trip. Our guests will be accommodated in the very centre of Havana and just around the corner from the newly renovated Capitolio. The old town is right on your doorstep - Cuban life, where you feel like you are in a different time ... Bars, street cafés, small shops, art, music - a colourful mess.

Since we are not the only ones to celebrate the birthday of Havana, our Cuban hosts ask for confirmation of accommodation. This is what we would like to do, especially as we accommodate our guests as close as possible to each other, i.e. in nearby houses or apartments. Living close to each other and at the same time completely independent of the group makes it easier to arrange a date with the others. The following photo is the view from the terrace of one of the accommodations. From here you can study life in Havana from a bird's eye view:

Blick auf Havanna Foto Jacob

The trip has not yet been confirmed. We would like to confirm. To give you a little push, if you book now, you will get booking right now* a discount of 155.- Euro on the price of the trip!

A further reason to confirm the trip as soon as possible are the air fares. Booking your flight for November in the coming weeks can save you a lot of money ...

A few more words about why this trip is unique. In our groups you will not meet people for whom salsa dancing is a kind of competitive sport, where it is important to learn techniques for as many figures and turns as possible. New York or L.A.-Style have brought salsa from the body to the head. For me, the growing influence of these styles was a reason to retire from the salsa scene years ago. Cubans have also become more technical in their way of dancing salsa. But their relationship to rhythm has remained a sensitive one. I appreciate the fact that our Cuban teachers are deliberately confusing the minds of their students. And when nothing works anymore, the dancing really starts.

No matter what previous knowledge the participants of the groups of Danza y Movimiento had in the past years - after one week at the latest all, but really all, danced a Rueda together. And this Cuban circle dance, in which the men change from one partner to the next, is not exactly easy ...

With us you will find people who enjoy movement and express their individual potential. It's about an experience from within and only secondarily about learning technical details. This does not mean that no steps or figures are taught in the dance classes. But the focus is different, especially since the environment of the course gives a lot of impulses to get in touch with oneself more deeply. Participants in Danza y Movimiento's courses come from all age groups, although there are usually more women as well as people who live their lives consciously. The people in these groups have a great openness and willingness to get involved in life. This often leads to a very creative exchange. In the dance courses each participant has an individual Cuban partner.

*This offer is valid until the trip is marked as confirmed on our website when the minimum number of participants is reached.

Click here for a description of the trip to Havana from 2-16 November 2019.

Photo of the popular marathon in Havana: Susanna Rescio; photo of the terrace overlooking Havana: Sabine Jacob 

 

 

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Traveling and Mindfulness 2019

Mindfulness means recognizing the moment and living it. Dancing, meditation, yoga and massage support this. Also to find a place apart from dayly life where you can be completely with yourself is an even greater support.

In 2019 there are currently two travel offers where you can gain deeper access to yourself by benefitting the help of guidance. This strengthens the connection between body and mind and allows you to live your everyday life more authentically.

Seminar Yoga Tantra Canossa 11

Canossa, Italy, 28.08. – 12.09.2019 (Core Program 31.08. – 07.09.)

Here you will find the full spectrum where you can arrive at the present without going into stress and effort. The magic word for it is TANTRA and has little to do with the common ideas associated with this word.

In Canossa 2019 there is a core week with group dynamic processes. But you are welcome to come a few days earlier and let the experience of the core week linger on in the days after. We have rented the entire house for two weeks and offer you a flexible arrival and departure time.

TANTRA awaits you in Canossa - that means meditating together, dancing, breathing, contact and massages. Maybe you can get an idea of what a tantra massage really is ...

Further information on our travel page Tantra.

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Havana, Cuba, 02. – 16.11.2019

This is a group travel offer that you will not find with any other travel agency. We have been working with Cubans for more than 20 years. This time has created a unique infrastructure that we make available to our guests. In this group travel program you will take a deep look at life in Cuba. And through the special history of Cuba you will experience something you will never experience anywhere else in the world. And that again can fundamentally change your view on your everyday life in Europe or wherever you may live in the world. This is exactly what many of our travel participants have experienced and reported back to us in recent years.

During the two weeks in Havana Salsa dancing is very essential. We dance Salsa like the Cubans do. We also go dancing together with Cubans. We meet Cubans and learn something about their everyday life and how they see the world. In the group we share our feelings and what we experience. And of course we also go to the beautiful beaches near Havana ...

Also in this journey there is a focus on actually experiencing what is happening in each moment. Guided meditation-offers support this process, in which body and mind can be centered in silence or in movement. You take part in these offers when and how often you want.

You can learn more about this on our travel page Trip to Cuba

The journeys offered and also guided here are journeys of mindfulness. As a participant you are encouraged to find out what your wishes, needs and limits are ... and what you can do to take care of yourself and to discover what wealth and abundance is available for you in life ... dancing, breathing, meditating ...

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Move and relax in Italy

itcc 02This is an insider tip to end the summer in a special way in the mountains of Italy this year. Book your individual stay during the period from 28 August to 27 September 2018 now!

Our seminar house in the mountains of the northern Italian region Reggio Emilia is waiting for you! This area of Italy is not well developed for tourism. You find yourself in the middle of nature and have a gigantic view. It is an ideal place to meet yourself and others. The house is at the end of a street. Hiking-trails to the villages and the surrounding nature are marked. You can relax by the pool or in the sauna and enjoy creative, vegetarian, wholesome food. Every single day is waiting to be noticed and enjoyed by you!

itcc 08Between August 28 and September 27 we have opened the space for people who want to spend time in this beautiful location. Minimum stay is 5 nights.The daily price of 110 euros includes your overnight stay in a shared room, full board and participation in a daily recreational programme.

Every morning and every evening you will find offers for a guided meditation practice. There is yoga, breathing, dancing, quiet and moving meditation. You decide for yourself which of these offers you would like to take advantage of.

The seminar room with professional music system is also available for your individual dance itcc 17practice or for practicing Qi Gong, Tai Chi or movement meditations for you alone or with others.

This is an insider tip, as we do not advertise this program publicly, but only through our own channels. We would be pleased if you would pass the information on to all interested friends in your community.

You can have a look at our German website for this offer. If you do not understand German you can use a  translater like f.ex. https://www.deepl.com

I will be happy to answer your questions in English, Spanish or French by mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

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What’s going on in “Danza y Movimiento”?

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Matthias Möbius

You might ask why I am writing so little. The answer is easy – I  am busy with lots of projects. Some of them might be interesting for you if you are interested in Cuba or if you want to hear about a new tango project.

First of all Cuba. Every time you think it is the last time, but it is not. When I was announcing the group travel which took place in February 2017 I really thought it would be the last time that I would go to Cuba with a group. In the end this trip was so full of life and individual experiences for everyone who came with me, I decided to make a new offer for coming February 2018. And here it is – you can still join this group for a unique experience in contact with Cuban people, with their life and with their way of dancing. (I know, everyone says that his trip is unique – but mine really is …) In 2018 I will even offer some possibilities to practice yoga and meditation together. This is new and this way we will be able to go to deeper levels together … Read more and book the trip right nowand book the trip right now

For all lovers of Tango music a sneak preview to our next project: in 2018 we will start a new series which will include complete recordings of some orchestras, lots of “unknown” titles and much more titles than you can find on our albums we have produced until now. Stay in touch and you will get all information as soon as the first albums will be available next year.

Have a nice Christmas time

Matthias

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Tantra and Dance

For the first time this year we are offering Tantra also for English speaking people. This event will take place end of August in Italy. Since most of you are interested in Tango and Salsa I can tell you, that everything you can find in this retreat can be related with your way of dancing. There will be no instruction in terms of technique, but you will get more conscious about the way how to get in contact with your partner. The key for getting in contact with your partner is the contact that you have with yourself. And you can use the experiences with yourself in all parts of your life, in dancing as well as in your relationship(s).

Tantra is not what you might think about Tantra. And it is not what you have heard or read about it. Tantra is experiencing yourself. You can find more information reading the description of this seminar on our site.

Although there will be no announced dancing classes during this week we do have a wonderful seminarroom and soundsystem. You will have ample space and time to do whatever you feel like to create and enjoy.

Read more about our retreat in Apennin Mountains from August 30 to September 6, 2017!

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Our new websites ...

In the course of the changing year there are a few important changes on the websites of „Danza y Movimiento“. Over one and a half years of work, several programmers have completely reworked our Internet presence. The new pages are optimized for German and English and for mobile devices. The details in the overview:

*** Travel information under new domain
Since 1996 „Danza y Movimiento Travel“ offers quality individual and group travel to Cuba, Argentina, Uruguay and Italy. With our customized travels you can experience Cuba, Argentina or Uruguay, in a way you will not find it anywhere else. Our offers now available under the domain http://www.dym-travel.com/en/

*** Music pages have a new structure
Our new music pages are also now online. The former music shop was converted into a music database. In addition to the music database, the new music pages contain an overview of our extensive range of in-house productions, especially in tango. On the pages of La Palmera there is an overview of our publishing activities, in which we represent authors and composers. And there is a separate area for tangomusic free of charge from copyrights for most countries in the world. Currently, the music pages are still a construction site. Nevertheless there is a lot to see and also to be heard…

We do not sell CDs anymore. Already in the beginning of 2015, we had stopped sales to end users due to legal changes which practically made it impossible for us to sell music in a lawful way..

Background information can be found in a blog entry from March 2015.

*** The group trip to Cuba February 4–18
This group trip, which I will accompany myself, will take place from the 4th to the 18th of February. You can find more information about this travel offer following the link.

*** US- citizens: Come with us to Cuba right now!
Due to some cancelations will still have some places available on our group tour to Havana starting next Saturday. If you are interested contact us right now.

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Experience dancing salsa in Havana in February 2017

This is the first time since many years that I will accompany a group traveling to Cuba. And not only I will be there with you - an English speaking Cuban guide will be with the group, too. You can focus your workshop program on salsa, percussion and/or Spanish classes. You will get to know the best places to dance in Havana and we will visit some of these places together with Cuban dancers. We will meet Cuban people, who will tell us about their daily live. And if you like to go deeper reflecting mysterious Cuban live and your experiences you can do this together with me:

Travelling to Havana with Matthias, February 4 to 18, 2017
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"Tango Nueve" - new Tango-CD from Italian orchestra "Hyperion Ensemble"

The CD Tango 9 is the n.9 in the Tango production of the Hyperion ensemble. The project of this new release is strictly following the two previous CDs, Epoca de oro (2011) and Remembranzas (2014) wishing to bring to a new life the music of the historical orchestras of the 40s and 50s; it contains a lot of great hits in the classical Tango repertoire, as Los Mareados, Cachirulo, Esta noche de luna, famous milongas as La Punalada and Mano brava, refined valses as Temo, etc.

The recording has been done 50% live and 50% in studio, with the two bandoneonists Josè Luis Betancor and Antonio Ippolito. Actually this CD is an adequate photo of the Hyperion ensemble in this moment of its life and activity, developing itself mainly in Festivals or in Shows with dancers, moving hundreds of people with the rhythm of the music by D'Arienzo, Pugliese, Biagi etc. reinterpretated with a modern concept of sound and orchestration. The CD contains also a new interpretation of the milonga Morena by Esteban Morgado and of the foxtrot Por las calles de Estambul, and a special arrangement of the Modugno's song Le donne belle, featuring a Trio of female voices: Creartis Trio.

The vocals in this album are performed by two Argentinian singers: Ruben Peloni and Hernan Godoy, finally joined together in the interpretation of El viejo vals, sang in duo by the two singers.
Find this album on iTunes or any other plattform for download and/or streaming of your choice
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Hotels, apartments and casas particulares in Havana and Santiago de Cuba

Here you find some information about the accommodation in Cuba. Nearly 20 years of experience with the organization of individual Cuba trips is giving us a good basis for evaluating the current situation concerning availibility, prices and comfort. Quality-oriented people who really want to get to know the country will defintitely appreciate these advices.
Santiago de Cuba - view from the window of one of our casas particulares
We‘ve been organizing customized stays in Cuba already when something like that officially wasn‘t possible.
Our goal is to enable you to enjoy a relaxing stay in Cuba and to have a genuine Cuba-experience. Of course this is also possible out of the „fortress“ of a hotel, but there are still alternatives. Places where you are close to the cuban rhythm of life and where you don‘t need to compromise on the comfort you desire. Both in Havana and in Santiago de Cuba.

In 2015 the number of tourists coming to Cuba has risen to about 20% over the previous year. That meant about 400,000 visitors more on the island. From autumn 2016 on there will be up to 110 flights a day between the US and Cuba. This represents an increase from 0 to 110. In 2015 there were already problems with the accommodation. How will it be when the Americans are coming?
Room in one of our Casas in the center of Havana
Quoting a swiss newspaper: „Where will all the tourists sleep?“ While there are more and more hotels and casas particulares (the cuban version of the bed & breakfast) some hotels were already in 2015 fully booked for weeks. Guests who got no more rooms, were suggested to look for a casa particular. But also here it was sometimes hard to find openings and/or the quality of the available accommodations were not recommendable by our standards.
Regarding the current situation some cubans speak of a new „periodo especial“. In the 90s this meant ”... much was missing for (a good) life“. Today it means that the country is overrun by tourists. Which not only leads to a shortage of housing, but also significant price increases for food.
Havana - view over the rooftops of the capital from the terrace of one of our Casas


In the arrangement of accommodation in Cuba „Danza y Movimiento“ accesses on its existing and proven infrastructure that we have built up for years. Through a well-established relationship with many landlords who remain loyal even in the face of the current situation, we can maintain the high standard in our apartments. Our casas are centrally located, offer high security, especially when compared to hotels – and friendly landlords that take care of our guests. Also there are our local representatives who look after both, – the guests and the quality of the accommodation.

In order to guarantee high quality standards and good service, we offer casas particulares or apartments only in places or regions that we find appropriate and where our representatives can check the quality any time.

In this PDF you can get an impression of our accommodations. The modern apartment shown on page 8 is located in Havana outside the center. You can rent apartments for your exclusive use in the center of Havana which are traditionally built. They offer a standard that is close to the casa particulares shown in the pdf.

You are welcome to click here to view our accommodations in Cuba ...

Also available in Havana ... outdoor facilities of an apartment in the area of Playa described in detail in the PDF


Al photos in this article Copyright Sabine Jacob


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Dancing in Havana or Santiago de Cuba

For two decades I've been watching the dance scene in Cuba. That is because after all, "Salsa dancing in Cuba" is a central aspect of the travel arrangements I offer. People who learn Salsa at „Danza y Movimiento“, – the first independent dance school in Cuba, with qualified Salsa-Instructors, – want to practice and test as soon as possible what they have learned. However, this is not as easy as one might think. The many music clubs, where often high-profile Cuban bands are playing are since time immemorial a pickup place.
Understandable, since the contact with tourists is a major source of income for many Cubans. Unfortunately that makes going out for dancing in Cuba in many locations less carefree than often described by tour operators. To go out for dancing as an individual in Cuba is not easy and sometimes really exhausting to my experience ...

Salsa with our dancers in Santiago de Cuba. Photo: Sabine Jacob



Usually it was easier for me if I went out while being accompanied by someone. But also here, it can happen that the dance-partner invites a lot of friends to the occasion who order happily their drinks at the expense of the host. Not to be a spoilsport and appear petty, such evenings are sometimes quite expensive, but can also be a lot of fun (if one doesn‘t care about the money too much).

As a result of the current tourist boom, the scene has changed again strongly in recent months. Drink prices go straight up. Most places where you can dance, are overcrowded. People who don‘t order somethng are prompted some places repeatedly and must otherwise leave the premises.

About a year ago: An american group from the program of „Danza y Movimiento“ dances at Hotel Inglaterra to live music. Photo: Alice Kupcik



Anyone who goes out dancing alone, be it man or woman, to whatever place, has increasing problems to find a dancing partner at all. Because less and less Cubans can afford entry or drink prices. Our American tour guide of the legal group-travel for US citizens, told me a few days ago about her experiences, while going out at night with her group: In some places were no Cubans at all – except our (paid) dancers who could dance well. The tour guide was constantly busy protecting the attendants from the onslaught of dance-willing tourists. People who had already been sitting around without dance partners throughout the whole evening and were bored stiff. (Our american tour groups go out in the evening with the dance partners from their Salsa dancing course and are accompanied by american and Cuban guides. Americans are still not allowed to travel for leisure to Cuba without an american travel companion.)

Dancing in Cuba is unfortunately more difficult than one might think. It took me years to accept the fact that dancing in Cuba is just different, to what I had imagined and also to what one is usually told.

Now, – how is it possible to practice all what yout have learned in Salsa lessons during your stay in Havana or Santiago de Cuba? I have spent a lot of thought on that one and tried out different things. The current status is as follows:

Salsa dancing in Santiago de Cuba. Photo: Sabine Jacob
In Santiago it has worked for several years very well, that the dance teachers go dancing together with the guests. This is included in the price of the dance course. The teachers drinks are of course paid by the dance students. All feedback from guests regarding these dances were previously positive.

Different in Havana. Apart from the fact that many dance partners in our Salsa classes in Havana are professional dancers who work on stage in the evening and therefore aren‘t available for dance accompaniment,... some of the feedback our guests have given, lead us to establish clear rules concerning accompanied dancing here.

I have therefore invented the Cuban Taxi Dancer. You are ”renting“ so to speak, a person who will accompany you for a certain number of evenings. Your companion introduces you into the scene and you practice on those evenings with him/her or with other people at the event. Plus, – dancing with others is in this context a lot easier. Since you are accompanied you are not exposed to any form of harassment or nerve-wracking pickup situations. This idea of „Taxi Dancer“ has been working well for a long time with Tango in Argentina.
Also in Cuba these clear agreements clarify the situation. In this way going dancing in Cuba comes close to what you might have thought it would be.

(fyi: We arrange dance companions only in connection with the booking of our travel packages. eg: three evenings with six hours of dance accompaniment cost about 190.- Euro. More details on request in connection with your booking.)

P.S. I don‘t dwell on writing „negative“ posts, but what I write truely reflects what I have experienced. In Cuba not everything is as it is presented to the outside. What are your experiences to go dancing as individual travelers / r in Cuba? You‘re welcome to write a comment ...

Matthias

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Last chance to get CDs ...

"Danza y Movimiento" is living through a change - and there are still some CDs and also DVDs in our shop, which are ready for immediate delivery!

In order to be able to view the available and most of them fairly new CDs, please proceed like this:

You visit our still existing shop which will soon be transformed into a music archive: Entrance to our music shop

On the right, you will find a small forklift truck under the term “category”. Please set a filter here.

Now you can start browsing in the categories. You will be most successful in the tango department, but there are also some new Latin releases, which we received recently.

And, as it is common on a market in Latin America, you can negotiate prices! If you order more than 7 articles, make us a price offer with your order – and we will tell you if we can accept it or not. In case we do not accept it, you are not bound to your order...

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Legal people-to-people tour to Cuba for teachers in August

Additional programm for everyone who is bound by school holidays: For teachers and other people having holidays in August, we included an additional group journey to Havana
Basic instructions for Salsa rhythms. Foto taken by Alice Kupcik with one of our American groups in Havana.
with salsa, son, casino and percussion in our program. The travel dates are: August 22nd – August 29th 2015. For more information please have a look here:
Legal people-to-people tour to Cuba for teachers and any other person interested in Cuban culture


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Current group journeys to Cuba 2015/2016

Learn and practise salsa in a small group attended by a Cuban guide. Our programme for dance and music is unique worldwide and it offers a high quality level. Currently, various dates are available:

Our classic is the group journey “Muévete a lo Cubano“. The next travel opportunity is in about two weeks, and there are more dates indicated

March 28 to April 11, 2015
November 14 to 28, 2015
March 19 to April 2, 2016

More info: Travel to Experience Cuba in a small group!

We offer three dates at the moment for US citizens to travel to Cuba legally according to the “people-to-people programme” licensed by the US American government.

June 6 to 13, 2015
December 5 to 12, 2015
January 16 to 23, 2016

More info: Special tours for US Citizens!

Robert Ewing joined our programme in January together with his wife Elizabeth and both just came back from Havana. His film:

Salsa en Cuba! 2015 from Rob Ewing on Vimeo.



Rob writes: "We had a great experience throughout. We've since talked with some others who've traveled there, and it's safe to say that none of them had anything like our trip! Anyway, thank you deeply for your hard work getting it together; it was a gas! Cheers, Rob and Elizabeth. Cuban music, Cuban dance, and Cuban culture reflect a unique mix of rhythms and peoples. We'd long sought the right licensed group trip -- still necessary -- that would take us into the heart of Havana. Elizabeth found this programme, which offered two hours drumming a day with pro teachers; three hours salsa dancing a day with gifted young dancers; and club dancing each night with the same dance partners, plus rooming in a Cuban home. Our slice of Cuba was close to the bone and not at all fancy, but it was full of life! There are many other ways to see Cuba; ours brought us close to real Cubans and allowed us to work one-on-one with elite dancers and musicians."




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Quo vadis "Danza y Movimiento"?

Today, we are giving you a short overview concerning the upcoming changes at "Danza y Movimiento". We will keep offering music and travels in the future – still, there will be a lot of changes…

Music department – CD sales and downloads in our own shop
We withdraw from this department. After many other legal adjustments, which had already made survival really hard for small suppliers, the new directive on the VAT system* that became effective on January 1st 2015, determined our end. This concerns our Club, which is influenced by the new tax regulations just like the download titles we offer. Until April 30th it will still be possible to order CDs in our shop. From then on, the ordering function will be deleted in our shop. However, we will still produce music and provide it via other online portals like for example iTunes. So our ambitious work will continue especially regarding tango…

Music department – music rights
We will develop this department further. This is interesting for everybody wanting to acquire music rights for their own productions. And nowadays this concerns especially audio-visual productions. We can offer a huge selection regarding tango music. No matter if you need music for a movie, a dance instruction DVD or just as the background music for a short video clip on Facebook, YouTube or your own website – we can offer thousands of titles. As we can also grant the right of use for more than 350 copyright-free tango tracks, our offer is highly interesting for producers of small or large films as well as for organizers of tango events. Quite often “copyright-free” is mistaken for music free of any other rights. Thus, we offer the possibility to use music legally and to guarantee that you will not have any legal problem on the basis of our contracts.

Travel department
We will also expand this department: Tango in Argentina and Uruguay and especially our unique offer for dance and music vacations in Cuba. You cannot only book our all-year programme there (like for Buenos Aires and Montevideo), but there are regular individual journeys for small groups. We have legal offers for Americans to travel to Cuba Everybody who would like to learn “Salsa en Linea“, also called “New-York-Style”, is in good hands with us when travelling to Mexico (information in German language). It is possible to combine dance classes with cultural activities and Spanish language classes in all the countries mentioned.

Our newsletter and our blog will keep providing you with detailed information concerning all the topics mentioned here.



*Short information on the topic “Directive on the VAT system”
According to the new directive, all electronically provided services are subject to value-added tax in the country of the consumer. In other words, this means for our business that we as the vendor are obliged to submit a tax declaration in every single country of the customers who download music from our shop or pay a club membership fee. We have to charge every customer the VAT applicable in the specific country and indicate the tax amount on the respective invoice.
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Why it is important to us, that you download tango in OUR shop,

and although everything works more easily with other providers like iTunes or Amazon: and surely you already have an answer which might be that we want to earn money... Yes, this is completely correct - we want your money! But not because of the reasons you might think of. Apart from the fact that we enjoy earning money and that we are fine with becoming rich - if it would be possible with an independent download shop like ours anyway. Unfortunately, it is impossible ...

The laws of market economy, which apply also to the internet, are different: Everybody has the chance to become rich, but only few succeed. This is called monopolisation and no matter which commercial sector you might look at - this principle always applies! With due respect to your belief in the freedom of economy. This is something like believing in Santa Claus. And you are free to believe in this freedom... . But it is not for nothing that this freedom is called "neoliberalism“, thus "the new freedom". The new freedom is a form of dictatorship, which makes us believe that we are free and that all participants of the market can develop and spread themselves freely.

What does all this have to do with tango and our download shop? A simple answer: Nowadays, music is mainly bought by (still) two monopolists. As the purchase on their platforms is advertised everywhere, as it requires less effort and as the music in these shops can be found more quickly by the search engines, an independent shop hardly generates a turnover which allows its owners to finance themselves at all. This does not only affect us but also others. In other words, this signifies that we can only maintain our shop and the service implied if you don't spare the extra effort to buy your music with us. Only then, the shop can work at least cost-effectively.

To reject monopolisation is an individual process and it is not important what the others do. Our shop offers a lot of tango, about 5000 titles.
We are looking forward to your visit!

This the way to find good music!

Please us the filter you will find on the right below "categories" if you want that the shop only shows music available for download.
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We give away our CDs for free

In the weeks to come, we will give away estimated 5000 CDs for free. We need the space and maybe you need our CDs. You can do with them whatever you want. You can give them to your friends, hand them out in your company, you can even visit bars and dance clubs and sell them. We don't want any money for them and we don't expect your service in return. You only pay us an expense allowance for our effort to prepare everything for you. This includes the shipping costs and a handling fee of 30 Euro, no matter if you receive 10, 20, 50 or 300 CDs from us.

And this is how it works: We announce the CDs we are going to give away for free in our newsletter, which you receive from us on a non-regular basis. You send us an email, how many CDs you are interested in and you tell us your delivery address. We will confirm your order and tell you if there are still enough CDs in stock. Furthermore, we will tell you our bank details you can transfer the handling fee to. On receipt of payment, we will send the CDs to you.

At the moment and according to our newsletter dated October 8th, we give away for free:

Vallenato with Adriana Lucia from Columbia

Tango - Best of Mercedes Simone

Please note: Due to vacations, the shipment will take place at the end of October.
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Narcotango European tour

Wonderful prospects for all friends of Electrotango: Narcotango is visiting Europe and presents the current album "Cuenco":

27th of August in Frankfurt, Germany
29th of August in Frankfurt Festival MuseumSuferFest, Germany
30th of August in Flensburg Deutsches Haus, Germany
3rd of September in Heerlen Spiegeltent Festival Cultura Nova, Netherlands
6th of September in Bern Kulturcasino, Switzerland
9th of September in Wroclaw Stary Klasztor Festival Ethno Jazz, Poland
5th of December in Brasov Brasov Jazz Festival, Rumania

Click on the following CD cover and get a little foretaste:

Narcotango: Cuenco
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18 new Tango albums for download

With recordings from the Orquesta Donato-Zerillo, Edgardo Donato, the Orquesta Bianco-Bachicha, the Orquesta Típica Juan Sanchez Gorio, Roberto Grela and his conjunto de guitarras, Edmundo Rivero, Alberto Gomez, Cayetano Puglisi, Carlos Gardel and Alberto Castillo we give new impetus to our series "Tango Classics", which already consists of 233 albums. Follow this link and get an impression of the new releases:

Our series "Tango Classics"

As the albums are brand new, you will find them on top of the list. Below, there all the other recent new tango releases.
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Hyperion Ensemble: New CD

The Hyperion Ensemble is based in the Italian La Spezia and it presents its 8th tango production with "Remembranzas". The ensemble from wild Liguria has gained a leading position within the European tango scene and it ranks among the most important current tango orchestras worldwide.

Available in our shop for download or CD!

The project of this new release is strictly following the previous one, "Epoca de oro" (2011), wishing to bring to new life the music of the historical orchestras of the 40s and 50s; this is the meaning of the title "Remembranzas", which is also one of the best songs of the CD. (The Spanish term "Remembranza" is linked closely to the Argentinian tango and it signifies something like a "memory of something that is past". Don't be surprised - some Spanish dictionaries don't even list this word...)

"Remembranzas" has been entirely recorded live, in various Festivals around Europe, with the sole exception of the last track, "La Cumparsita", recorded in studio. This has been done with the aim to maintain in the recordings the highly emotional atmosphere of the milongas, when the dancers, with the musicians, are celebrating together this wonderful mystery that is tango: As that famous lyric says, "el tango es rito y es religión, orquestas criollas son sus altares, y el sacerdote su bandoneón..."



Actually this CD is an adequate portrait of the Hyperion Ensemble in this moment of its life and activity, developing itself mainly in festivals or in shows with dancers, moving hundreds of people with the rhythm of the music by D'Arienzo, Fresedo, Varela etc. reinterpreted with a modern concept of sound and orchestration. The appreciated typical sound of the Hyperion Ensemble derives also from the use of the flute and guitar, two unusual instruments in Orquestas típicas but, actually, two essential instruments in Tango back since his origin in 1880. The vocals in this album are performed by the Argentinian singer Ruben Peloni, appreciated for his melodic and romantic interpretation and for his smooth and soft voice timbre.

This is an example of the many recordings with the Ensemble Hyperion to be found in the internet that demonstrates how beautiful tango dancing can be:




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