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- Contemporary Cuban Music, Part 4 Posted: August 19, 2016 - 29 minutes - 28.6 Mb -
The Last Cuba in Motion Program....featuring more of some my favourite more 'modern' music from Cuba. You'll hear Pavel Molina, Roberto Fonseca, Hilario Duran, Gonzalo Rubalcaba (w. Ron Carter and Alex Acuna), Orishas, and Interactivo.
If you go back and listen to this whole series, starting from Program 1, you'll get a great perspective on Cuba---the music, as well as some of the politics, history, and lifestyle.
Episode 59 - Contemporary Cuban Music, Part 3 Posted: August 12, 2016 - 29 minutes - 28.2 Mb -
One of the most exciting new innovations in music came from the Cuban fusion group Irakere. In this episode I play a track from their 1974 debut. And introduce another group who are just as innovative......employing just an incredible number of influences. They are from Santiago de Cuba, and go by the name of Kola Loka. They are officially classified as Reggaeton...although it's uniqueness probably better fits as "Cubaton". I noticed in listening to this absolutely wild track I play, there is even a slight "Tico Tico" reference. Amongst the insanity. I look forward to hearing more of them. Also in this episode...Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, Timbayake, Roberto Carcasses, and Interactivo. Some really great music!
Episode 58 - Contemporary Cuban Music, Part 2 Posted: August 5, 2016 - 29 minutes - 28.3 Mb -
More favourites from more recent Cuban music. You'll heaer Yoyo Ibarra, Danay Suarez, Grupo Folklorico Y Experimental Nuevayorquino (amazing!), Up Bustl & Out w. Javier Olmo and Richard Egues and two from Canada---Hilario Duran and The Lula All Stars (from Toronto's Lula Lounge).
Episode 57 - Contemporary Cuban Music, Part 1 Posted: July 29, 2016 - 29 minutes - 28.4 Mb -
Just 4 more programs, then Cuba in Motion is officially 'retired'. These four will feature some favourite newer music. This week: Interactivo, Sexto Sentido Jane Bunnet w. Goyo Hernandez, Billy Gibbons (really!), Ruben Gonzalez, Lazaro Valdes, and Extraterrestres.
Known in the U.S. as "The Queen of Salas", she was the most successful Latin artist of the 20th century. Singing with Sonora Mantancera, she "thrived on fast tempos, kicked the group in the butt, and made their clockwork come alive".
Episode 55 - The Mambo Posted: July 15, 2016 - 29 minutes - 28.3 Mb -
Starts with legendary singer Beny More. Also the Stan Kenton influenced Perez Prado, blacklisted because his arrangements were too 'out there'. But when he was paired with the smooth singing More....that study in contrasts worked beautifully. I also play some Machito, Tito Puente, and Papa Mambo from Winnipeg.
He brought the conga into popular Cuban music, built the bridge between the 'son' and the jazzband, popularized the Cuban conjunto, played some amazing tres solos, and was the most prolific Cuban songwriter ever! His songs continue to be played and sung today. The life, music, and the songs of Arsenio Rodriguez.
Episode 53 - More Afro-Cuban Jazz Posted: July 1, 2016 - 29 minutes - 28.6 Mb -
New York not Havana, was the centre of Afro-Cuban jazz--with the migration of trumpeter Mario Bauza, his brother-in-law--Machito--, and, of course, Chano Pozo. It was a type of music first 'imagined' by Bauza and Dizzy Gillespie back in 1038. This program starts with what is probably the first Afro-Cuban jazz piece. And it even includes some Oscar Peterson interpreting a Chano Pozo composition. Fascinating!
Episode 52 - The Liberation of the Drum Posted: June 24, 2016 - 29 minutes - 28.1 Mb -
This episode is about the rise of black music into 'polite' (i.e. white) Cuban society. To the white man the "good drum is played with sticks, the bad drum with the hands". This changed, thanks to Miguelito Valdes, Arsenio Rodriguez, and Chano Pozo. You'll hear them on this program, plus others.
Episode 51 - The Beginning of Cuban Jazz Posted: June 17, 2016 - 29 minutes - 28.5 Mb -
Cuban jazz actually originated in New York! Maybe it started with 15 year old Mario Bauza being mesmerized by seeing the Paul Whiteman band when he went to New York as part of a Charange group. Or maybe with Cuban bandleader Vicente Sigler organizing the first Cuban band in New York. Ot Alberto Socarras--a Cuban---having the first flute solo ever recorded in jazz. Or maybe it was the first Cuban bolero to become an international hit, and it employed ninths, major sevenths, and sixths---all jazz harmonies. Or maybe the wild improvisations of Rita Montaner. Or maybe it was Xavier Cugat's legendary band. Or maybe it began with El Manisero--Cuba in Motion's theme song.