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Tebelio "Tony" Fonte Pedraja

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instrumento/instrument: bajo

grupos/groups: Tiempo Libre

grabaciones/recordings: Tiempo Libre: Lo que esperabas, Tiempo Libre: Arroz con mango

lugar de nacimiento/birthplace: San Juan y Martinez (Pinar del Rio)

formación musical/musical background: Escuela Nacional del Arte

lugar actual de residencia/current residence: Miami

If you own both albums by Tiempo Libre and have noticed a huge difference between "Timbiando" and "Arroz con mango" when it comes to groove and overall sound, a good part of that can be contributed to the introduction of bassist Tony Fonte for the second album. He's got chops on par with the best of the timba bassists, and he's a promising songwriter, as well -- the tune "Lengua Larga" (on "Arroz con mango") is his, and it's a hard-hitting arrangement with lyrics about a chronic liar whose vice is catching up with him.

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Michelle White - Tuesday, 22 March 2011, 07:31 PM