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Team Bahia 

When: Fri., Sept. 21, 10 p.m. 2012
Price: $10

You don't necessarily need to be a Cubanophile to appreciate the music of Cuba, with its sleek combination of African polyrhythms and jazzy chord changes. The current popular style in the region, a form of salsa called timba, is as steeped in polyglot, multiculti combinations as all of its antecedents, except that it's also strikingly contemporary. It has roots in folkloric son, but also nods to hip-hop, R&B, and other popular radio forms. The melodies rest on addictive hooks, often played at full blast by a full brass band and rhythm section, with a whole battery of percussion instruments to form the underpinning. One of the leading proponents of timba in the Bay Area is DJ Waltz Digz, a wax slinger who also considers himself a curator of sorts. A familiar presence at local nightclubs, he's also one of the architects behind the eleven-piece timba band Team Bahia, which includes three vocalists, congas, and an ample horn section. He'll accompany the band for "The Social," a special dance party at the Elbo Room (647 Valencia St., San Francisco) on Friday, Sept. 21. 10 p.m., $10. Elbo.com

— Rachel Swan

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