In A Minute! (...Or Two): Ep. #39

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Ep. #39: Featuring Shelby Colona from Ballet Hispánico

The Mambo! WOW! When the wild fusion of Swing sensibility and Cuban rhythm took-off as a new sensational dance phenomenon sweeping across America in the 1950s, Pérez Prado, “The King of Mambo”, was at the helm.

Cuban born bandleader Pérez Prado, who has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, played at Los Angeles’ Wrigley Field alongside greats like Count Basie at the 10th Cavalcade of Jazz (1954). His version of “Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White” earned him a gold record. With over one million copies sold it held the #1 spot for 10 consecutive weeks (an achievement only Elvis Presley would top with “Don’t Be Cruel”). Other popular hits include “Patricia”, which hit a world record with 15 consecutive weeks on the Hit Parade (more than Elvis Presley or The Beatles) and “Mambo No. 5” covered by Lou Bega.

MUSE/IQUE welcomes Shelby Colona, performing an excerpt from Ballet Hispánico’s “18+1”, by choreographer Gustavo Ramirez-Sansano, and set to Pérez Prado’s version of “Mama, Teach Me to Dance” with vocals by Georgette Duval.

"Shelby is a dancer's dancer," says Ballet Hispánico's Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro. "Not only is she technically brilliant, her lush movement is rich with articulation and natural dramatic intention."