Community Report
Issue #20
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What's up fellow Freestylers ? We are back with another issue of the Community Report, more music, more news and whole lot of new artists breaking into the scene. This year seems to be another positive step in the development of dance genre. First we will start off with one of the most important events in Dance Music !!!

wmc.GIF (2602 bytes)  Let's not forget these very important dates MARCH 24 - 28, 2001, more than 6,500 music industry professionals and ethusiasts from around the world will converge in Miami Beach at the Radisson Deauville Resort for the 16th annual Winter Music Conference. WMC is credited as the most important date on the dance music calendar where every aspect of the industry worldwide comes together. For more information on the event check out WMC website at:

www.wintermusicconference.com

  IMPORTANT MESSAGE:
  I will be in Scottsdale, Arizona sometime in May to see what the club  life is like over there. Anyone who wishes to contact me in Arizona can call  me on my VERIZON cell phone at (305) 978-4536. I will be looking for new material to bring back to Miami, so I can promote on the FMC website. So,don't forget to call me.
ff33.JPG (5343 bytes) There are a few elite artists that have always remained in the mind of many. These artists are considered to be trend setters that helped in molding the Latin Hiphop Culture. Their music will remain as an inspirational mark in our Freestyle Music history. SHE's BACK !!! YES, Nocera. (Summertime, Summertime)
One of the most requested artist on FMC, Nocera joins forces with Gregg Fine and John Roggie to form the group VOS (Voice Of The Satellites). No one can forget her two Freestyle classics.

Her first release "Summertime Summertime" sold 250,000 copies and went to #1 in the dance and top 40 pop charts. Her second release, "Let's Go, also made it to the dance, pop, and R&B charts, and gave her the opportunity to work with producers like Floyd Fisher, Little Louie Vega, Mantronik and Todd Terry.

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vos.jpg (22872 bytes) Their music is an infectious blend of groovy and spiritual "Poptronica". Nocera is the songwriter and vocalist of the group.Gregg Fine and John Roggie program and produce the music using computers, samplers, synths, drum machines, and live guitars. "Voice of the Satellites" is currently performing throughout the New York City area with a full seven-piece band including live drummer, percussionist, bassist, and background vocalists.

When asked about her early inspirations, Nocera said, "Music has been part of me ever since I can remember. I began learning different instruments, like the flute and guitar, at age 5.

I've been writing songs and poems since I was 10, drawing inspiration from my first idols, the Beatles and Elton John. I remember thinking at the time: This is my future- music! I've been hooked ever since!"

VOS unique style of jazzed up alternative rhythms will have you in a state of unconsciousness. Not a Freestyle oriented project like so many would have loved to hear again from Nocera, but a step up to the major players in the mainstream. A perfect add for radio. ****4-stars

For more information on VOS check out http://www.voiceofthesatellites.com. VOS is also getting a lot of great feedback via their page on MP3.com, http://www.mp3.com/vos .

Hot off the press the new Threesome CD single on BLFY. This three song CD includes two lovely voices, who have lent their talent to many Bobby Leal recordings. As well as a new 2001 mix of "For You" by Bobby Leal. A must have for you Freestyle headz. The "For You" 2001 remix by Bobby Leal, a West Coast flavor of moog style basslines and a pumping Cybroton "Clear" beat, a guaranteed jam. This man is always hard at work bringing us hot new tracks. We can't forget the sweet melodic backup vocals of Soleil, which is also featured on track 3, "Pleasure and Pain", this time as the main vocalist. This track is more of an Old School flavor reminiscent of the NYC Freestyle sound, with a Miami style melody riff. PLAY IT!!! Track two "All Night Long" by Daniell Martinez is a new school track, sort of a La Rissa type progressive Freestyle sound. This song can easily become one of the new club anthems of today, with it's tweaking melodies and pumping club beats. *****5-Stars "Giving you a little New Skool, Old School and Classic Bobby Leal".
It's a rise in the new millenium for the Filipino artists representing strong!!! April a 14 year old singing sensation who hails from the state of Washington, releases her debut album "Touch The Sky" on Kamikaze Records. Her tracks are full of hiphop, R&B vibes that will have all dancefloors pouring out the soul. One of my favorite tracks is "Caught A Crush (On You)", a mix of hiphop, Freestyle swinging beats slowed to an R&B pace, and dynamic vocal performance. April will sure catch the attention of the music industry. Look for April to become one of the new, top teen artists of today.**** 4-Stars touchcoversm.JPG (6395 bytes)
For more info check out: www.kamikazerecords.com
Defbz.jpg (7345 bytes) The new booty shakin' single from the Def Boyz will cause a bass panic attack whether your in your car cruising through South Beach or in the club. "Pony Ride" will definitely cause some ass smacking on the dance floor. ****4-stars

For more information contact Frank Hart from Downtown Records at: 305-389-3653

New Life Crisis releases their debut single "Daylight" on Tommy Boy records. The groups sound is that of a mix between U2, Seal and George Michael, with a Euro- High Energy feel. Adding to the energetic track are remixes by former Latin Rascal, Tony Moran for Tony Moran Enterprises.  "Daylight" is a must for your club crates, a definite crowd pleaser. Radio should take notice, this group is hot. A positive step for the Dance band culture.
*****5 stars For more info: www.newlifecrisis.com
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When we start to talk about true pioneers of the Latin Hiphop genre, one name always comes to mind "Chris Barbosa. His contributions with such artist as Shannon, Monet, George Lamond, Fascination, Jason Tomi, Luis Damon, Cynthia, Sa-Fire, Jay Novelle, Jimi Tunnel, Judy Torres, Patti Day, Zee, Ray Guell has helped define Freestyle as a respected form of dance music. So, it's my pleasure to announce our exclusive one on one interview with a Freestyle legend "Chris Barbosa", conducted by the one and only Francis Tanneur.
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Francis always brings you the best interviews with artists we want to learn about. Join Francis Tanneur while he takes you on his journey to:

The Interviews

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Artist of The Month

jorgeD26.JPG (7263 bytes) New comer "Juni" from Springfield, Mass., is working on his first Freestyle track entitled "Now That Your Gone", a hard hitting oldschool flavored track that should be great to check out once completed. For more information on Juni, direct all e-mails to: Jorge104@webtv.net 
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When your talking about hot Freestyle Mix CD's, you have to get yourself a copy of Freestyle Music Master Mix Set. Vol. 7&8. Two exclusive master mixes by DJ Jorge A. Ojeda, brought to you by the Freestyle Music Network.

Mix#1
I'll Be Loving You- Collage Diamond Girl- Nice & Wild No Reason To Cry- Judy Torres Died In Your Arms-Intonation featuring Joey In A Dream-Rockell Only In The Night-Voice In Fashion Dancing On The Fire-India Tender Heart- Leather & Lace Where Are You Tonight-Coro Praise The DJ- Pusaka Wondering- Tonasia Crying Over You- Soave
Mix#2
Can't We Try- Rockell (Duet with Collage) Fantasy Girl- Johnny O Let Me Be The One- Safire Wanna Be Starting Something- PSO Show Me- Cover Girls Al-Naafiysh- Hashim A Day In My Life- Lisette Melendez Then Came You- T.P.E. L.O.V.E- Erotic Exotic

Alleged Iguana Music presents Raging Passion - Manon's Dream a  four song EP full of different styles of alternative grooves. My favorite track is "Elusive One" a High Energy sound with an alternative techno touch. Produced by Randall Cousins, this CD is something new for your ears. ***3Stars
For more information: www.alleged-iguana.com
905-451-7555 or randall@alleged-iguana.com
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Meet the Rosabel team, Ralphi Rosario and Abel Aguilera two of the hottest names in the dance music genre. "The Power" featuring Jeanie Tracy is Rosabel's newest release on Tommy Boy Silver Label. A jam-packed house track with all the elements of a club anthem. "The Power" has pure dance music,raw energy, along with a powerful vocal performance this track will be pounding the floors of clubland.*****5-Stars, For more info: www.tommyboysilver.com
Thunderpuss, Chris Cox and Barry Harris do it again with another slammin' house jam "Papa's Got A Brand New Pigbag".  Also found on the Tommy Boy Silver label, this track is a non-stop trip into the club zone. It's unique flare of morphing sounds, and heart stomping beats along with the special Thunderpuss arrangements, will easily help this track find it's way in all dancefloors. *****5-Stars, www.tommyboysilver.com
Looking for something new in the Latin Dance flavor with a touch of Ragga, then you have to check out "Hombre Peculiar "by Demphra. A house styled rhythm, funked up with Latin percussion's and a phat bouncy bassline topped with Ragga chants, gives this track a perfect club swing. Also included in the CD single Yellow Ranks "Suwy" track, a slow tempo dance track full of Ragga rap riffs. ***3Stars- For more information: www.raggaforce.com

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Freestyle Music.Com will like to welcome a new columnist to the FMC family Jeffrey R. ......(aka:"Xtasy"). Check out his first report based on the oldschool movement called, "A Lil' Bit Of History", a very interesting article that I recommend everyone to read. Thank you Jeff and welcome to the family.

Due to many request and e-mails from our readers, we have decided to add a section in the Community Report entitled "Letters from the Community". We will pick from a variety of e-mails from our readers and publish two of them on each Community Report. We think that it's very important to be able to express view points that may not have been expressed to our readers. If you like to contribute to our website, direct all e-mails to: freestylemusic@mailcity.com (subject line: Letters from the community!!!)

Letters from the community:

Hey it's Jeff,

Going over something of the answer that you guy have up on the question part it made me think.  The planet rock beat has been play out but that what freestyle started as.  The producers need to develop some young superstar in freestyle to represent them in the world who would get the world attention.  Freestyle rap has to go so far the songs I listen to are weak.  The producers need to be more creative,be original, get artist expose on tv, radio, show,etc.  Also it is hard to get freestyle music in store and you have to order from the net that suck.  Some of the remix on most songs don't even sound original.  On your website I got 3 of the CDs and the rest I just saw.  The artist that really Iike to listen to are steve B, collage, Lil Suzy, Coro,  and Spanish Fly.  To be honest some of the artists I have no clue to what they look like until I came here.  Not to bad mouth anyone but the new Cynthia songs is that even freestyle anymore and also Rockell is she going to stay with freestyle or not?

Freestyle got to evolve and make some music video. Thank you for your time but a frustrated freestyle fan.

Sincerely,
Jeff


A Little Latin Hiphop History by: Glenis V. Bradford 

The year was 1982 the place The Castle in the Bronx in New York, the club music culture
 was in full speed. Groups like Freeze, Third World, Rick James, Mary Jane Girls, were
dominating the charts. Disco evolved into club music and becoming more Electro funk
oriented. We were witnessing a type of rebirth of the earlier funky drum culture that
predated disco. This new urban street culture was enhanced by a powerful radio station
known as Disco 92 KTU, whom played  the favorite hits. The Hiphop culture was in is
infancy. 
I grew up attending Skate Fever, the roller-skate club owned by Sal Abbetiello of the
famous Fever, which was the cradle of Hiphop music. Here I nearly lost some of my
body parts trying to learn how to skate, but I never did. Then to make a long story short
1983-84 came, and the place was Paul Park and the club was the Crackers Club. This
was Lisa Lisa's and Full Force debut year along with Madonna's early dominance in the
club scene, with her hit "Into The Groove" from the movie soundtrack. This was the early
stage of Latin Hiphop, with a dance called the loft (a form of breakdance like movements
which came from the early version of the kick dance that everyone remembers), and the
webo dance, which was a form of a dance competition or a sex war dance.
I remember this being real fun, talking about fun this reminds me of the Devil's Nest, the
official cradle of Freestyle music. Were I lived in 1985,  I saw all the early acts like
The Cover Girls, Information Society, Expose, you name it. I myself was sore liked a
sideshow along with a sizeable among of the usual patron. If you don't know, this was
the era when Breakdancing ruled the dance world. Along with this came new Freestyle
type of dances like the new wave, among others. Like the music that once was gone, but
not forgotten.

Industry News

RUBEN MARTINEZ FORMS TALENT AGENCY

Booking and management agency veteran, Ruben Martinez is proud to announce the formation of Nene Musik Productions Talent Agency Llc, a division of his well known production management company, Nene Musik, Llc. "We've been in business as a management/production company for over ten years, and the time is right for us to branch out." says Martinez. Honesty and hard work are the foundations of Nene Musik Talent, which already boasts an exclusive roster of such dance/pop superstars as Amber, Quad City DJ's, and Melanie Thornton (formerly of La Bouche). Latin/Tropical, Classic Funk, DJ's, Jazz and former Pro Wrestling superstars from the WCW,WWF and ECW are also represented by Nene Musik Talent.

Unlike other agencies Martinez does not shy away from up and coming and baby acts. "When our agency takes on a young act, we work hand in hand with management and can hook them up with producers, remixers, songwriters, get them licensing deals and shop them to labels, here and overseas. At Nene Musik Talent we go the extra mile. This method has doubled our business to over eighty acts and counting." Ruben Martinez can be reached at Nene Musik Productions Talent Agency: @ phone: (914) 737-7936 * E-fax (253) 540-0804 * email: ruben@erols.com

Silent Partner Records has finished updating their website at http://www.silentpartnerrec.com. In addition, you can find their complete CD catalog at http://www.mixedmusic.com.

Silent Partner Records
www.silentpartnerrec.com

RADIO SHOWS:

The Freestyle Music Network Web-Radio is up and running, playing the best in Freestyle Music. The webshows have brought in over 1000 listeners per month and growing. Keep it locked on the shows for new releases as well as jam-packed mix sets. If your a DJ and would like to have your mixes played on our Web-Radio Network, please send a tape or CD along with your picture and bio to:

Freestyle Music.Com
Att: Web-Radio
18565 SW. 104 Avenue
Miami, FL. 33157

TV SHOWS:        

Diantetv.jpg (5669 bytes) "The Diamante Show" hosted by Jeannette Rosario(Diamante) and Artie Rodriguez (the golden boy) one of the hottest Latin, Dance music shows on TV. The show is available on the following channels:

Channel 35 in Brooklyn.. Mondays... 3:00pm and 11:00pm
Channel 71 in Hudson County..Tuesdays... 9:30pm
Channel 56 in Manhattan Thursdays... 1:30pm
Channel 69 in the Bronx...Wednesdays...10:00am, 1:30pm & 7:30pm

You can find the "The Diamante Show" on the internet at: www.diamante.net or call: (212) 420-8538.

F&R Music and TV Productions presents "The Freestyle Music Show" which is being aired on the Bronxnet channel 68, Thursdays at 8:00pm - Saturdays at 1:30pm. The beautiful and talented Chrissy -Ieece and Angel Clivilles (formerly of the Cover Girls) will be hosting the show.

The show guarantees to bring you the best in Freestyle Music from yesterday and today. For more information contact the Fan Club at: (718)519-0084

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Check out the best Freestyle show on the net, "El Show de Freddy Lopez". Don't miss an exclusive live interview with Sal Abbatiello from Fever Records, hosted by the Diva of Freestyle "Cynthia". Just click on this link: http://www.latinfreestyle.com/salint.htm
Information provided by El Show de Freddy Lopez. Visit the website by clicking on the banner above.

Special News!!
Now you can email your favorite host of EL SHOW DE FREDDY LOPEZ
At the following email Address:

FREDDYLOPEZINFO@AOL.COM , CYNTHIAINFO@AOL.COM , CHRISSYINFO@AOL.COM

Special News!! Now you can email your favorite host of EL SHOW DE FREDDY LOPEZ At the following email Address:

FREDDYLOPEZINFO@AOL.COM , CYNTHIAINFO@AOL.COM , CHRISSYINFO@AOL.COM

Updates:

Chat Conference News:

Mtypic.jpg (6845 bytes)FMC will like thank all who joined in the last Chat Conference with Phat Cat rap artist "Mighty". We had a little trouble with the chat servers, but we finally got it going.
Visit Mighty at: www.phatcatrecords.com

Catch the next
"Live Chat Conference"

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Keep it locked here!!!
MORE TO COME
All labels and artists interested in some major publicity,
make sure to get in contact with us at:
freestylemusic@mailcity.com.

Be on the look out for many more live chat conferences, right here on FMC. We have developed this section on our site so that community can learn more about the artists they love. In addition, we will be hosting and promoting live chat conferences with new up and coming artists, so that they can also promote themselves and their releases to the community.  Don't miss the opportunity to chat with a future legend and get a peep at the new Freestyle flavor that's pumping out on the streets of the underground.


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PHOTO FLASHBACK ANSWER: Safire
Safire's photo was taken from the album Cutting Remixes Vol., released back in 1987 on Cutting Records. FMC will like to congratulate the winners,
of the Photo Flashback question.

Albert Quintero, Kenneth Sanchez, Marlon a.k.a. bboy2000, Monica Boutwell, Alexxander Kotschack, Z. Maralit, J. Rodriguez, David Pino, Danny Bermudez, and Vito.

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Photo Flashback
Can you name the Freestyle Diva group in this picture?
Follow the link to answer the Photo Flashback Question.
Winners will be posted on the next Community Report.
FMC thanks all participants for their time and efforts in keeping Freestyle Music strong.

On The Net: Websites worth checking out!!!
Latin Nation
Concord's Most Ultimate Freestyle
Apollo Freestyle

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TOP 10
Latin Hip-Hop Jams

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ARTISTS

SONG TITLE

1. Krystal Loving Arms
2. Robin Fox I See Stars
3. Linda Low Dancing In My Heart
4. Diamante The Fire
5. China Prynz C'est La Vie
6. DJ Lino featuring Julie Dreaming
7. Jeanette Don't Ever Go Away
8. Soleil Pleasure and Pain
9. Bobby Leal For You (2001 Remix)
10.. Jocelyn Enriquez When I Get Close To You

GET YOUR MATERIAL PROMOTED ON OUR WEBSITE
SEND ALL ITEMS TO
FREESTYLE MUSIC .COM
18565 SW. 104 AVE
MIAMI, FL. 33157

FMC would like to thank all the labels and artists that have sent in their material for review. If your music was not reviewed on this issue, it will be on the next. Until next time, PEACE.

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