1. El que siembra su maiz 2. El bodeguero 3. El cadete constitucional 4. Tres Danzas y Contradanzas - Los ojos de Pepa 5. Los tres golpes 6.Tu sonrisa 7. El manisero 8. Capullita de alheli 9. La bella cubana 10. Almendra 11. Son al cochero*****
The Cuban string quintet: 'Quinteto Diapason' Amazing musicians with incredible alma, swing y sabor. Track #11, "Son al cochero" KILLS!
1. Afro Sensual 2. Zapateo Cubano 3. Altura De Quintero 4. Longina 5. Sonata En Beat 6. Mr Guarapo 7. Michelle 8. El Manisero 9. Rumba High Sea 10. Al Fin Vendra 11. Los Tres Golpes 12. Smoke Get In Your Eyes
Nicely remastered songs from 1961 and 1970. Tracks 7-12 Merceditas Valdés with Jesus Perez y Sus Tambores Batá. Tracks 13-14 Merceditas Valdés with Grupo Folklórico Cubano. Track 15-18 Merceditas Valdés with Orq. Cubana De Musica Moderna, her husband Guillermo Barreto on timbales and Tata Güines on tumbadoras.
These two clips below are from a short 20 min. documentary from 1996 about the Central Park Rumba. This first one briefly shows the legendary Cuban rumbero "Ñiquito" Cadenon dancing rumba. (he died within the last two years)
Chinese President Hu Jintao visits Fidel Castro in Havana, capital of Cuba, Nov. 18, 2008. The Chinese leader brought 4.5 tons of humanitarian aid for victims of three hurricanes that battered Cuba this year, which was handed over late Monday after Hu's arrival at the Jose Marti International Airport. China also extended Cuba a 70-million-dollar loan to repair damaged hospitals and another 10 million for social projects, as part of the second tranche of a 350-million-dollar line of credit approved in 2004.
'Felix Rondón', vocalist, tres player and violinist from 'Las Tunas', Cuba. This is a swinging recording session, the musicians all play with amazing sabor. And Felix plays his ass off on tres and violin. A great band with their own sound. This came out in 2001 on the U.K. Tumi label and is now not easy to find in the U.S.
This was last week at a benefit for the Cuban hurricane victims at the 'Center For Cuban Studies' , N.Y.C. Max Valdez and Barry Cox singing, Yesenia Fernandez and Skip "Brinquito" Burney dancing, Doctor George playing guagua, Jay Camacho on tres dos, Pete Lopez on salidor & myself playing quinto.
The flute player 'Arturo' Floresin this video died last week... he was riding his bicycle in Queens, N.Y., a car hit him, he fell off the bike, hit his head on a parked car and died.
Arturo made his own flutes and came from a family of MASTER flute makers in Peru. He was in a small band called Julian Ávalos' & "Afro Andes" that I used to play bongoes with in the Subway. Arturo Flores played flute and clave in this group. He was a great musician and a very friendly and humble person.
Every month Cuban LP's and recordings are added to the blog. Which include particular "styles" and "forms" of (playing & singing) "Cuban" music that unfortunately have become, or are on their way to becoming lost art forms. As well as related materiel which may not be "directly" from Cuba.
Mostly LP's that are either long out of print and-or obscure and music from "my own personal collection".
Occasionally some Brasilian things will be added that are hard to find, even on the other great Brasilian blogs, many that are listed in my Blog links. And maybe some things that have nothing to do with Cuban or Brasilian music.
It takes time to do all this, scanning the covers, resizing and uploading, often changing & correcting the info in each MP3 so it shows up right after you download, then see the info in a media player.
Have fun! "The water always tastes freshest at its source" For those of you not familiar with navigating through music blogs, you can either look through the monthly "Blog Archive" (listed on the left of this page) or, you can click on the words "older posts" at the bottom right of each page. ***You can always get to the most recent post by clicking on The Eyeglasses in the photo at the top of this page.
Mark Sanders: Musician / percussionist.
Living, working and teaching in Manhattan, N.Y.C., U.S.A.
Born and raised in Manhattan, N.Y.C.
Lived in New Orleans from 1972 to 1986.
Had the first Cuban music radio program in New Orleans on WWOZ from 1980-1986.
Been back in N.Y.C. 28 years and planing on getting the hell out very soon.