Sunday, May 29, 2011

Video: Cuba

Video: Cuba - La Ritmo Oriental

"Candela Brava"

"Hay Que Tener Cuidado Con La Percussion"

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Havana Central, music Viernes 8:30pm-12:00a.m. Manhattan

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)

Netanyahu "El Diablo"

Benjamin Netanyahu:
Imperialist, colonialist devil.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Pototo y Filomeno with Orq.Melodias Del 40 - 1959 Cuba

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

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Books: "The Amazing Adventures of Anacaona"

"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, 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:

1. Despues Que Sufras
2. Amor Inviolado
3. Besame Aqui
4. Oh! Marambe Maramba
5. Maleficio
6. Algo Bueno

Septeto Anacaona

The beautiful Argimira "Millo" Castro
La bongosera

Millo 1940's

"Oh! Marambé Maramba" - 1937
: vocal & clave
Argimira "Millo" Castro: bongó solo

"Algo Bueno"
- 1937
Graciela: vocal & clave
Argimira "Millo" Castro: bongó solo

Con Graciela clave y voz.

Mexicans Rise Up.

Monday, May 2, 2011

"En Nosotros" Generoso Jimenez, Peruchin, El Negro Vivar - Cuba

"En Nosotros - Instrumental"
Vinyl LP on EGREM/Areito

Musicians include:
Generoso "Tojo" Jimenez: trombone & Arr.
Pedro "Peruchin" Justiz: piano.
Rafael Somavilla: piano, arr. & comp.
Adolfo Guzmán: piano, arr. & comp.
Rolando Baró: piano, arr. & comp.
Alejando "El Negro" Vivar: trumpet.
Emilio Peñalver: tenor saxofone.
Osvaldo Peñalver : alto/sop. saxofone.

Great tuba on both tracks:

2. El Manisero

6. Domitila Donde Vas

Sunday, May 1, 2011

LP cover: Pérez Prado -"Dengues" 1964

Dámaso Pérez Prado
Recorded in Lima. Peru in 1964,
a series of Dengue singles were
later released here, 12 on this LP.

I like the cover showing a red painted
car brake drum, which gives the Ritmo Dengue
it's distinctive sound, Prado is credited as
the originator of the Dengue rhythm.

Conj. Roberto Faz "Dengue En Faz" 1964 - Cuba

"Dengue En Faz"
Conjunto Roberto Faz
Vinyl EP with 4 tracks con ritmo Dengue.
1964 on EGREM

1. Dengue en Faz

2. Dengue para ti

3. El Dengue y su tiqui tiqui

4. Tiqui tiqui Dengue para ti