El Casino De Los Congos

El Casino De Los Congos For hundreds of years, hundreds of thousands of Africans were sold as slaves to Portugal, Britain, US, Brazil, Spain, and Cuba, as well as other countries. The Portuguese began bringing Africans to Cuba and then the Spaniards followed. By the 1800’s millions of Africans had been sold around the world.

This is the story of Ta Gundo Paredes Moré, son of a King in the Congo. Prince Ta Gundo is captured by slave traders and sold to Ramon Paredes, a plantation owner in Cuba and sold a second time to El Conde de Moré.

The story reveals what appears to be a curse, is only the beginning for what sets the stage for a Cuban musical legend to be born, Benny Moré who is revered to this day as El Bárbaro del Ritmo.  The master of most Cuban popular genres, such as the bolero, son montuno, mambo, and guaracha.

Our guest, his grandson Dr. Roly Moré narrates intimate stories never told before about his family’s history.


Chief Nathaniel Styles and Prince Emmanuel: Honoring Africa 9/16/2012

Chief Nathaniel Styles Jr

Chief Nathaniel Styles Jr. has been traveling to Africa for over 25 years. Through these travels he has met numerous Life Teachers, Artists. Successful Businessmen and Women as well as Simple Every Day People.

During one of these trips Chief Styles met Prince Emmanuel of Nigeria at the National Museum Complex where he was performing with a Dance Troupe run by Twin brothers. Twins are Sacred in the Yoruba Culture. It was years later while working on the Osun’s Village Miami-Osun Osogbo Cultural Exchange that Prince Emmanuel Aderele and the Chief began to discuss traveling to Miami as Artist in Residence at the Osun’s Village and African Caribbean Cultural Arts Corridor.

Chief Nathaniel B. Styles Jr. a Native Floridian of West African and Native American Ancestry, was educated at Universities in the USA and Europe and has travelled to more than 50 Countries throughout the globe. Styles has been bestowed Chieftaincy Titles in Ghana, West Africa-Nana Kwaku Ankobeahene II Aduana Clan (Chief with the Unmoveable Seat) and Otunba Fosungbade of Alayemore Kingdom, Ido Osun Nigeria.

Chief Nathaniel and Prince Emmanuel traveled to Africa to celebrate the Osun Festival, followed by the King of Oyo’s Sango Festival celebration both in Nigeria.

We’ll be talking about Culture, Spirituality, Ancestors and Traditional Celebrations.

This will be a great show!



Guest Host; Monica Rosales, Exec Dir of DocMiami

Guest Star: Tito Puente Jr. the son of legendary Tito Puente.

God blessed us with the musical geniality of the father but did not abandon us when Tito left us, he gave us the son to remind us of our roots, to unite the Latin & American cultures, to restore vitality and teach us to dance again with the innosence of our ancerstors.

There is something of forever in the Latin rythms of Tito Puente Jr. Sophisticated audiences appreciate it, younger crowds are proud to have the legacy and tradition.

The younger Puente speaks MAMBO with his hands, the language spoken with the Gods by the African slaves taken to Cuba in their native Kongo.

The legacy and mission of keeping 18th & 19th Century music alive  could not have been given to a better messenger, one who has polished and made “Mambo” music to cherrish for centuries to come.