Afro-Cuban ceremonial chants as sung by the great akpwon Lazaro Ros, accompanied by the traditional bata drums. This album is a dedication to the orisha Elegua, the mischievous child-messenger who opens the gates, rules the crossroads and without whom no ceremony can begin, sung in their original Yoruban in the nasal style that Lazaro Ros learned as a child from the elders who had brought their traditions of their ancestors with them to Cuba.
Hauntingly beautiful, Paracumbe presents the Afro-Puerto Rican traditions of bomba and plena in their purest forms. This group gathered fragments of the traditional songs from the black elders of the mountains of Puerto Rico and brought them to life with artistry and respect. The barrilles drums and the beautiful voice of Nellie Robles Lebron set off depictions of rural life and family.
Being a mariachi in Mexico City can be a tough and dangerous occupation but the venerable women of Las Pioneras de Mexico have been singing and playing in cantinas and fiestas since the 1950's. Maria Del Carmen has lived her entire life on the edge of Plaza Garibaldi, mariachi's Mexico City capitol. These women bring the classic rancheras and mariachi arrangements to life in an authentic and profound way.
You don't have to be in Puerto Rico to have a genuine Puerto Rican Christmas! Cuatro maestro Yomo Toro takes traditional aguinaldos and asaltos and sets them to swinging salsa arrangements with the sonorous sound of his cuatro throughout. Yomo is joined by fellow salseros Jerry Medina, Eddie Montalvo, Eric Figueroa, Joe Santiago, Papo Vasquez, Ralph Irizarry among others. This album is definitely made for dancing!
Afro-Cuban Jazz at its best, composed, arranged and played by four of the finest virtuosos to ever come out of Cuba: pianist Ernan Lopez-Nussa, singer and bassist Omar Hernandez, guitarist Fernando "Theo" Calveiro and drummer Jimmy Branley, They are joined by special guest percussionists Nene and Luisito Quintero.
This incredible a cappella group offers all the instruments of the Cuban orchestra with only voice and hands. From Beny More to traditional rumba to Beatles songs this group will blow your mind. On this album they are performing live, living proof that there are no tricks to their vocal replication of piano, trumpet, bass and drums swinging soneos and beautiful ballads.
THE LEGENDARY LOS VAN VAN Thirty Years of Cuba's Greatest Dance Band
A comprehensive boxed set of Cuba's greatest dance band -- two CDs of remastered tracks and a 108 page perfect bound book, ranging from the band's early music all the way to the end of the '90's -- 30 years of great dance music whose lyrics reflected the trials, tribulations and daily life of the Cuban people.