Monthly Archives: August 2018

31.08.18 : Asere – Luz Que No Alumbra

Good day dear blog readers, listeners, followers ¡y todos los amantes de la musica Cubana!

Continuing the topic of Son Cubano from the previous 2 weeks, and maybe also the topic of great figures in Cuban music, today we shall enjoy a nice Bolero-Son Montuno composition, which was born as a Bolero by Trio Matamoros:

Grupo Asere, the Habana Septeto I covered here about a year ago, took this fine composition, and made it more suitable for Soneros and all lovers of not only Cuban music, but also Cuban social dances… and the result?
Fantastic, if you ask me!

So, here it is, comrades… ¡Disfrutala!

24.08.18 : Compay Segundo – Chan Chan

Good day dear blog listeners, followers and readers.

Today, just as we did last week with Eliades Ochoa, we shall continue our familiarization with another great figure of Cuban music – Maximo Francisco Repilado Muñoz Tellesmostly known as Compay Segundo.

With a musical career of over 60 years, and dozens of albums released, Compay Segundo is another pillar of Cuban music.
Born on Novembre 18th 1907 in Siboney, Maximo started playing guitar and singing at a young age.
His family moved to Santiago de Cuba in 1916, where he would play at the municipal band, with whom he performed in concert for the first time while at a trip to the capital, in 1929.
Maximo liked the capital much, and moved there 5 years later, in 1934, where he would live out the rest of his days.

His first breakthrough came in 1935, at the band of the famous Guaracha composer Nico Saquino, in 1935.
During the 1940s Maximo played the clarinete for the band of Miguel Matamoros, and got to travel outside Cuba, to Mexico, on tour with Benny More.
In Mexico he met Lorenzo Hierrezuelo, and in 1942 the two formed Duo de los Compadres, which achieved international fame soon after.
The name “compay segundo” came from that time, as Maximo was the 2nd voice of the duet.

Later on Compay would play for Los Seis Ases, el Cuarteto Cubanacan, and would form his own band, Compay Segundo y sus muchachos, with whom he would play all over the Caribbean, south America and later Europe.
Global fame came to Maximo as a part of the Buena Vista Social Club, with the well known album and film coming out in 1997, followed by several world tours, including a concert before pope John Paul II at the Vatican, and the Grammy award.
Throughout his career, compay had a signature instrument he made himself – a 7 string Tres guitar called “Armonica”, which gave his playing style its unique sound.
Maximo passed away at the age of 95 on July 14th, 2003.

The song presented today is the famous Chan Chan, in its original version – written and composed by Maximo 10 years prior to the Buena Vista social club, in 1987.

Here is the studio recording

And here is a live version, one of the first times the song was ever played!

And remember…
¡Siguen Disrtutando la musica Cubana!

17.08.18 : Eliades Ochoa – Yiri Yiri Bom

Good day dear blog readers, followers and listeners!

With over 55 years of an artistic career under his belt, 40 years since his first of over 50 albums was released, and over a dozen of national and international awards won (including Grammy, Latin Grammy, Cubadisco and Latin Billboard), Eliades Ochoa is without doubt one of the most well known and most beloved Cuban musicians worldwide, known for his unique voice, witty lyrics, virtuoso playing of several types of guitars, and of course, his iconic black hat!

Eliades Ochoa Bustamante was born on June 22nd 1946 in Songo la Maya, a small town near Santiago de Cuba.
He taught himself to play the guitar at 6 years of age, at by 12 was earning a living as a musician.

Eliades was a member of many groups and ensembles over the years;
During the early 1960 he joined the Oriental Quintet, and in 1963 first appeared on local radio and TV at Santiago.
By 1971 Eliades had joined Septeto Tipico Oriental. and earned his place as a “house performer” at the Casa de la Musica.
In 1978 Eliades joined Cuarteto Patria, as leader, manager, Tres player and lead vocal, assimilating the groups material and writing much of his own.
Eliades released many CDs with the cuarteto, and keeps performing as a part of it today.

In 1986 Eliades starting collaborating and performing with yet another pilar of Cuban music, Francisco Repilado, known as Compay Segundo, a union that would lead to Eliadese’s first international tour, and later on world fame as a part of the Buena Vista Social Club.

With the social club, Eliades went on to win the Grammy, the first but not last international music prize that found its way into his resume.
Further more, Eliades toured the world as a part of the Buena Vista, performing in many European, Asian and American countries such as Italy, Brazil, Canada, France, Spain and Japan.

Since then Eliades continues releasing new materials, performing worldwide, and has also appeared in several movies, winning the “best CD in the world” award of National Geographic for his part in the AfroCubism project in 2010.

The song we shall be enjoying today, my dear friends, is called “Yiri Yiri Bom”, and is a Son cover of a classic composition by Benny More.

…y no se olviden… ¡siguen disfrutando la musica Cubana!

10.08.18 : Adalberto Alvarez y Su Son – Me Voy Contigo

Good day dear blog readers, followers, y todos los amantes de la musica Cubana !

Today we shall have a great time listening \ dancing (or maybe both?) to a modern interpretation of a classic Son Montuno, by one of my favorite artists, Adalberto Alvarez.

Today’s composition is a 1957 classic by Chappotin y sus Estrellas, and appeared on Adalberto’s wonderful 1987 LP “Sueño con una Gitana”, with the wonderful singing of the sonero Felix Baloy.

Soy, here it is… ¡Disfrutala!

You can listen to the original here…

03.08.18 : Juan Kemell y La Barriada – Dale Tiempo

Good day dear blog listeners, readers and followers.

As you may remember, some time ago I introduced a group of ENA graduates from Habana, called “Juan Kemell y la Barriada“.

So, guess what?
Not so long ago, the band released their new album called “Nueva Temporada”, and it is full of very nice Timba compositions.

Here is one of them, called “Dale Timepo”.