Monthly Archives: July 2019

26.07.19 : Happy National Rebellion Day 2019 !

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

Today Cuba celebrates national rebellion day, one of its major national holidays.
This day is celebrated to commemorate the unofficial start of the Cuban revolution and liberation from the American backed dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista.

On this day in 1953, a band of 135 freedom fighters, led by Fidel Castro and Ernesto “Che” Guevara, gathered at a farm in Siboney, and at 5AM stormed the Moncada barracks at Santiago de Cuba, planning to take possession of the weapons, ammunition and communications equipment stored inside.
The attack failed, with nearly half of the fighters killed and over 50 more (including fidel, raul and Che) captured and imprisoned, then sentenced for 15 years incarceration.

Despite the failure, this attack sparked a surge of national resistance to the dictatorship, with a massive support campaign for the revolutionaries, leading to their amnesty in 1955, and rallying much support for the revolution soon to come.

So, for this glorious day, we have a wonderful album called “Album de la Revolucion Cubana”, released in 2000, commemorating 40 years of the release of a comic book chronicle of the Cuban revolution.
The album includes some of Cuba’s greatest musicians such as Omara Portuondo, Pio Leyva, Los Papines and Orquesta Aragon, performing a variety of Cuban revolutionary and patriotic compositions in the various rhythms and musical genres of the island, traditional and modern alike.

So, without further ado, here is the album!
And always remember…
¡Viva la revolucion!
¡Hasta la victoria siempre!
¡Sigue disfrutando la musica Cubana!

19.07.19 : Orquesta Reve y Telmary – La Guagua

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

Earlier today Orquesta Reve released a colourful and humorous clip for a new Timba composition called “La Guagua”, featuring the female vocalist Telmary alongside their own wonderful Susel la China.

As usual, the composition is full of drive, energy, groove and charisma paired with virtuoso playing and arrangement.

So, without further ado, here it is – La Guagua.
And always remember… ¡sigue disfrutando la musica Cubana!

12.07.19 : Ada La Guantanamera – Sentimiento Puro

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

Today we shall be enjoying a composition by a talented singer from Guantanamo called Adareydiz Rodriguez-Garcia, and goes by her stage name Ada la Guantanamera.
She mostly specializes in more traditional Cuban and Caribbean music, but in recent years has also started singing Timba, and moved to Germany.

So, here is our fine composition for today… and always remember… ¡sigue disfrutando la musica Cubana!

05.07.19 : Los Van Van, live from Salon Copa Room 1982!

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

Earlier today I was checking my mail, and stumbled upon a correspondence, several months old, where I shared a fine piece of music with a good friend… for me, the 1980’s are a period of many hits for Los Van Van, in which their style was determined and formed, but unfortunately, also a period forgotten by many DJs, dancers and listeners alike… so let us change that, here and now!

The following concert is from the Copa Room of the Habana Riviera hotel in 1982 (!), and contains such virtuosos as Juan Formell, Cesar “pupy” Pedroso, Miguel Angel Rasalps “el Lele” (Sr) and Pedrito Calvo, just to name a few.

So, without further ado, here it is, a great pleasure for the ears and eyes, so take a 93 minute break from whatever you are doing, and submerge yourselves in the bliss of Songo… and always remember… ¡sigue disfrutando la musica Cubana!