I'll be playing with Grupo Irék Friday May 27th at 'Havana Central', if you are in town come by. 8:30pm-12:00a.m. (gratis) 2911 Broadway (Between 113th & 114th St) http://www.havanacentral.com/home.php
Pototo y Filomeno mostly with Orq. Melodias Del 40 and several songs with a conjunto playing Son. Download directly from Yoyo's excellent music blog.
Leopoldo Fernández y Aníbal De Mar a.k.a. "Pototo & Filomeno" can be very funny on these... though the real stars for me are Orq. Melodias Del 40, who absolutely sound amazing on these sessions. Several songs on both recordings have Pototo & Filomeno backed by a conjunto and those also are very nice.
"Ensalada Rebelde" Pototo y Filomeno With Orq.Melodias Del 40 y Conjunto ((****))
"Queens of Havana: The Amazing Adventures of Anacaona,
Cuba's Legendary All-Girl Dance Band"
I had been wanting to read this book for the last four years. I finally bought it last week on Amazon.com, a brand "new hardcover copy" for$1.10 with $3.99 shipping.. total $5.09!! (retail price: $24.00)
Fabulous book! A great accounting by Alicia Castro of the Castro Sisters band: Anacaona. From the 1920's through the 30's, 40's, 50's, 60's and beyond. With great insight into Chinese Cuban musicians in Havana. And El Barrio Chino en La Habana. 393 pages....with MANY excellent photos! An absolute bargain at $1.10!
The book includes a CD with the band as a Septeto playing 5 songs:
Cuban LP's and recordings 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.
Have fun! "The water most often tastes freshest at its source"
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.
Produced and hosted 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.