Friday, February 13, 2009

Video-Cuba: 'Septeto Nacional' 1962

The second generation of 'Septeto Nacional'
Television performance 1966-68 Cuba

comp: Ignacio Piñeiro Martínez
Marino González: bongoes

"Son De La Loma"
comp: Miguel Matamoros

"Trumpeta Querida"
Lázaro Herrera trumpet & comp.

"La Bayamesa"
comp: Perucho Figueredo
Rafael Ortiz: guitar


Gabor said...

After browsing through your site, I find what you have done on behalf of Cuban music and its makers laudable and I commend you for it.

I’m inclined to believe you are all about putting forth correct information and hope that being corrected would not alter your pulse. Equally, I’m all about the same and 100% a stickler for chronology. Why do I say this? Well, I found another one of your posts dated “Friday, February 13, 2009,” “Video-Cuba: ‘Septeto Nacional’ 1962” and subtitled “The second generation of 'Septeto Nacional',” “Television performance 1962 Cuba.”

I’m sorry to say that the date is wrong once again and here is why: the program’s announcer while introducing ‘Son de la loma’ and ‘Trompeta querida’ says, “…recientemente fallecido, su popular ‘Son de la loma’ e inmediatamente después, de Lázaro Herrera, su son titulado “Trompeta querida’”. (…recently deceased, his popular ‘Son de la loma’ and immediately afterwards, by Lazaro Herrera, his son entitled ‘Trompeta querida’.)

Although the name is chopped off on the clip’s narrative, the announcer is obviously referring to Miguel Matamoros, the composer of ‘Son de la loma,” who as we all know passed away approximately a month short of his 77th birthday in his birthplace, Santiago de Cuba, on April 15, 1971. The choice of the word “recientemente” (recently) by the announcer indicates very close time proximity to the event in question. Therefore, I would categorically say that this particular performance took place not in 1962 as you stated but rather nearly 10 years later and definitely no sooner than 1971.

Fred Amberklein said...

oh really? that's a shame the date is wrong.
I'm trying to find music that was popular in Cuba during the October 1962 missile crisis - like what they were listening to in the trenches - so I can better understand the country. I read in an online book that Sepeto Nacional were very popular in 1962 and their songs were played in the trenches. Are there any songs that you'd recommend as representative of Cuban popular culture during 1962?

Fidels Eyeglasses said...

Fred Amberklein, I recommend that you purchase this CD:

You can most likely find it on Amazon.