Good day dear blog readers, followers and listeners!
Today I present you a very nice Son Montuno composition by Raul Lara y Sus Soneros.
Raul Lara, born on Valentine’s day 1965 is a percussionist, composer, singer and arranger from a family of musicians and dancers in Habana.
Raul grew up listening to Arsenio Rodríguez, Benny More, Son 14, Sierra Maestra, Los Van Van, Pacho Alonso, Rumbavana and other leading Cuban groups of their time, and all these gave their influence on his style of playing, composing and arranging.
During the 1980’s Raul played with several groups at the Casa de la Cultura, and after some time went on to study Bass & Percussion with none other than the great “Changuito”, Jose Luis Quitana.
After finishing his studies, Raul played at some of the best hotels in Habana.
In 1990 Raul moved to Stockholm, where he played with many Cuban \ Afro-Cuban \ Latin music groups and ensembles such as Timba Odara, Chango Rey, Entero Son and Raul Laroye, also traveling all over Scandinavia and northern Europe.
Over the years Raul has developed a unique personal style as a musician and composer, bringing together influences of various genres of traditional Cuban music, the experiences of daily life in Cuba and the influence of Santeria, his creed of choice, on his life and on the musical traditions of Cuba.
With his group, Raul Lara y Sus Soneros, Raul released 2 CDs so far;
Cubano Soy, released in 2012 and nominated in 2013 for the Latin Grammy awards, and Mi Cuba Linda, released earlier this year (2017).
Que Meneo, a very nice Son Montuno composition, is from the later album.