Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Admittedly, the album leaves out a huge amount of the variety present in Cuban music the Cuba Classics series might not be a bad choice for that end , and primarily ignore the African-based Santeria works as well, though the influence of African rhythm is ever present in some aspect of the music.
A nice guajira is followed by an Eliades Ochoa bolero that includes some sax work from Manu Dibango , and ex- Irakere member Orlando Valle shows off his flute work with his newest group, Maraca. There are countless albums of Cuban music to be had out there, and a huge number are certainly worth hearing.
This album is certainly among the ranks of the best, as it collects some of the standouts over time in the slightly narrowed field of Cuban dance music leaving out a good deal of jazz, Santeria, and rock in the process, but making a much more coherent and enjoyable whole.
The simple, do-it-yourself ethos MCs and DJs of hip-hop, meant that it could be organized away from government-controlled concert venues, and its improvised lyrical message was instant, live and difficult to censor. Eventually, hip-hop came into the mainstream as the government realized it could not control it, although much of the subculture is still in the shadows.
We close this compilation with a track from Madera Limpia from Guantanamo, the home of son changuii music. In this way, we square the circle as they show us that, although they are a contemporary urban Cuban group, their heart and soul is still rooted in the traditional son , which is, always has been and always will be at the centre of Cuban music.
Cuba has had a greater impact on popular music and dance worldwide than any other country in Latin America. They often succeed. The word Voodoo comes from the word Vodou which is a Haitian religion and has no connection to the occult which was entirely glamourised by Hollywood, so, my expectations were shot out of the water straight away!
Instead, what this collection brings is choral singing and articulate percussion, but, also variations into blues, jazz and brass ensembles — New Orleans Funeral March by Steve Gray being a monster of a track nestling in somewhere between the Tom Waits and the intro to the Dixieland funeral march from Bond movie Live And Let Die.
Brazilian legends Baden Powell and Vinicius de Moreas unite their guitar prowess, and, Maria Bethania performs a quite superb Canto De Oxum which is both haunting and beautiful. Thirteen tracks act as a great introduction to him with the pick of the bunch being a incredibly experimental Nadoki Nadoka which really does have to be heard to be believed. You can find more from the Rough Guide series on the World Music website here.
Follow them on Twitter here and on Facebook here. Imagine the I Love Lucy show. Now imagine you are at Ricky's nightclub, the Tropicana if memory serves correctly. Every time I pop in The Rough Guide to the Cuban Music Story I cannot help but be transported back in time to remember some of the musical talent showcased on reruns of that television comedy. This CD contains more than 70 minutes of Cuban music presented over 15 tracks both instrumental and with vocals.This lovingly curated crate-digging Rough Guide unearths unknown Cuban rare grooves from across the diaspora and beyond. Quite a few compilations have mined the rich reserves of s and s post-revolution music from Cuba, with several concentrating on .