Born in New York City
Died in San Francisco, California March 13 2012
R.I.P. / D.E.P
Ibae mi hermano.
We were friends since we were teenagers.
Cecil Carter.. a great Rumbero, a humble wonderful person.
Will be very much missed by all of us who knew him, played
Rumba with him, both here in N.Y.C. as well as San Francisco and actually..... all over parts of the U.S.
Those of us who knew Cecil well, knows that he was a master at "riding" freight trains all over the United States, from N.Y.C. to California, New Mexico, Tucson Arizona, Florida, the Carolinas, practically everywhere!
During the years I lived in New Orleans ('73-'86), Cecil came to visit me many times in the 1970's and 1980's.
In 1985, there was a large and dangerous hurricane coming close to New Orleans... it pouring heavy sheets of rain with lightening and thunder.... 70 mile an hour winds outside.... at about 12 midnight I heard someone knocking at my front door...
I opened the door and there was Cecil.... soaking wet literally down to the bone!!!
He looked like a soaked street cat.... I let him in and we smoked some good herb and laughed about it for the next 25 years!
I really will miss him very much.
Central Park Rumberos
1982 N.Y.C. Cecil Carter on the left wearing the black shirt.
Cecil Carter playing Tumbadora.
Central Park 1981-'82
Grupo Erékusú. 1976 - New Orleans A rumba group I put together in New Orleans. L-R: Humberto "Pupy" Menez, Rubén González, Cecil Carter & Myself.
Central Park, N.Y.C. 1974-'75 Cecil Carter playing his Chekere made for him by my dad.
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. 26 years and planing on getting the hell out very soon.