Sunday, May 4, 2008

Rubén González / Cuban singer - Cuba / New Orleans

El Conjunto Niagra
cantando "maestro" Rubén González.

Rubén singing lead vocals in 1945 with Conj. Niagra.
"Abasi-Abacúa"..and **"Rumba De Congo"
(with a killer **bongó solo by
Alfredo Boloña),
"Llego Dieguito" and "Tumba Mabo"
1946: "Soltando Chispas"


"Rumba De Congo"
(Bongó solo: Alfredo Boloña)

"Llego Dieguito"

"Tumba Mabo"

1946: "Soltando Chispas"

The late 'Rubén González' was one of the singers for the Conjunto Niagra and also sang with the Pianist Anselmo Sacasas y Su Orq.
He left Cuba in the early 1960's, lived in Miami, before moving to New Orleans where he spent the rest of his life raising a family and singing with his small conjunto, before passing away in the late1980's.

I played Tumbadoras (Congas) in that small group from 1975-1986.
I found these pictures of us playing in a box I had stored away.
1975-76 New Orleans
Carlos Scott: timbales, Myself: tumbadoras
Hugo Espinoza: bajo, Carlos: sax, Rubén González: singer
Jaime Espinoza: piano

1976 - Grupo 'Erekusu'
A rumba group I put together in New Orleans.
Humberto "Pupy" Menez,
Rubén González,
Cecil Carter and Myself.

1977-78 New Orleans Jazz Festival.


Geordie said...

Lookin good, soundin good!

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