Good day dear blog followers, listeners and readers!
Today, in our never ending around the world trip with great Cuban music, we are making a stop at Costa Rica, with Conjunto Chocolate.
The year 2000. San Jose, Costa Rica.
An independent project of traditional Cuban music forms under the name Conjunto Chocolate!
The Conjunto, consisting of Cuban and Costa Rican musicians, released their first album, Los Duenos del Sabor, that year, with 6 classics of traditional Cuban music and 4 original compositions.
What happened next to our Cuban music loving friends, you might ask?
Well, they toured Costa Rica during the next 2 years, performing with Chucho Valdez (among other international musicians), recorded their 2nd album, Mira Como me Gusta, in 2002, toured the Caribbean from 2002 to 2005, and played with Mayito Rivera in Cuban in 2009.
In 2012 the Conjunto released their most acclaimed album, Como le Gusta, which would go on to win the prestigious national ACAM award in 2014, and in 2013 became the resident band of the legendary Bodeguita del Medio in centro Habana, playing the classics and also presenting their original materials!
So, what will the year to come bring along?
One thing for sure – lots of wonderful Cuban music!
So for today, we shall enjoy the title track of the Conjunto’s latest album, Como le Gusta, a beautiful and lively Son Montuno composition.