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El Septeto Santiaguero ya tiene su Grammy Latino

El Septeto Santiaguero ganó el Grammy Latino 2015 al Mejor Álbum Tropical Tradicional, por “No quiero llanto”, un tributo al legendario dúo Los Compadres.

Dicho fonograma, licenciado por la EGREM, es el primero que circula bajo un sello cubano, ya que el Septeto había realizado importantes grabaciones con disqueras internacionales.

El grupo, liderado por Fernando Dewar, ha recorrido el mundo, mostrando en todos los escenarios la vitalidad y renovación de la música tradicional cubana.

Este álbum en especial defiende la idea de continuidad y enriquecimiento de la cultura cubana pues constituye un trabajo fonográfico bien esmerado en el que se le rinde tributo a un dúo icónico de nuestra música en la voz del Septeto y de grandes salseros cubanos y latinos.

Tiburón Morales, Oscar de León, José Alberto El Canario, Andy Montañéz, Aimé Nuviola son algunos de ellos.

Lorenzo Hierrezuelo y Francisco Repilado (Compay Segundo) iniciaron a mediados del siglo pasado el camino de éxito de Los Compadres.

Casi 50 años después el propio Compay sería parte de uno de los más grandes proyectos que engrandeció a la cultura nacional: El Buena Vista Social Club.

El Buena Vista provocó un boom de la música tradicional cubana que perdura hasta la actualidad, y que ha sido defendida siempre por el galardonado Septeto Santiaguero.

En las ediciones de 2011 y 2013 de los Grammy Latino el Septeto había recibido nominaciones por los discos “Oye mi Son santiaguero” y “Vamos pa’ la fiesta”.

Finalmente se llevaron el gato al agua con “No quiero llanto”.

Precisamente sin llanto y con muchísima alegría Cuba celebra hoy este Grammy.

Además, el clip “Ojos color sol”, de los boricuas de Calle 13 con el cubano Silvio Rodríguez se llevó el premio al Mejor Video versión corta.

Mientras Rubén Blades se alzó con el Mejor Álbum de Salsa por “Son de Panamá”; Gilberto Santa Rosa se ubicó en la categoría de Álbum Vocal Pop Tradicional por “Necesito un bolero” y Juan Luis Guerra ganó más de un galardón con el volumen “Todo tiene su hora”.

(Con información de Cubasí)

9 June 2016 Music  News Read more

Midsummer Night Swing Unveils a Season Including Septeto Santiaguero

Septeto Santiaguero, a Latin Grammy-winning group from Cuba, will make its United States debut as part of this year’s Midsummer Night Swing, Lincoln Center’s annual outdoor dance party series.

The season, which runs from June 21 through July 9, also features an array of performers from different genres like salsa, disco, tango — and, of course, swing. As in recent years there will also be late-night silent discos.

Septeto Santiaguero, a favorite of the nightclub Casa de la Trova in Cuba, has its debut on June 28, with a blend of traditional and experimental music. The performance, like others throughout Midsummer Night Swing, will be preceded by an optional dance lesson to warm up attendees.

Other highlights from the season include the opening-night concert by the swing and blues group Catherine Russell Septet, led by Ms. Russell, daughter of Louis Armstrong’s longtime orchestra director Luis Russell and the bassist Carline Ray. On June 25 the Allen Toussaint Band pays tribute to its namesake, the New Orleans musician who died last year. That program includes the singer Irma Thomas, one of Mr. Toussaint’s collaborators.

The silent discos, which have become a fixture of Midsummer Night Swing in the past few years, are scheduled for June 23 and July 2. The parties, which begin at 10 p.m., feature a lineup of D.J.’s who perform live sets for wireless headphones.

More information will be available at midsummernightswing.org.

7 June 2016 Music  News Read more

With U.S. and Cuban Relations Thawing, Cuban Musicians Are Finally Ready to Come to America

Cuban rapper Mariana “La Mariana” Moracén Saiz is ready for the normalization between Cuba and the United States to finally — finally — begin.

An Inside Look at Cuba’s Music Scene and the Artists Moving the Nation to a New Era: Exclusive Video

“Cuba is full of culture,” says the 28-year-old Havana native who fronts the rap-salsa-fusion group Mariana y la Makynaria. “Thank God we can send it out now to the whole world.” To be fair, the whole world save for the United States has been able to freely enjoy the rich tapestry of Cuban musical offerings (there are 17,000 professional musicians on the island) for the last 60 years or so. Freed from the pressures of marketplace formulas, Cuban musicians have in recent decades enjoyed a fair amount of artistic freedom (if not full freedom of speech), and have created all kinds of new styles and approaches. It’s the States that has largely been missing out — until now.

With President Obama asking Congress to lift the embargo of Cuba, easing of some of the U.S. sanctions and travel blockades and the loosening by the Cuban government of restrictions, artists both emerging and well-known are going to be meeting new audiences soon. Even world-famous acts like the Grammy-winning dance band Los Van Van, which plays to packed venues throughout Latin America, Europe and Japan (and, on occasion, stateside), are excited for the new platform. “Generations have changed here in Cuba and there in the U.S., so it’s time for an opening,” says Los Van Van’s musical director Samuel Formell, 47. Still, it might not be an easy path. For starters, there’s barely any Internet on the island, which means promoting shows and new music requires unique work-arounds, and getting access to recording equipment is difficult (and expensive).

Photograph: billboard

Photograph: billboard

Even traveling across the island can be exasperating. “It’s harder to go from Havana to Santiago de Cuba than it is to book 15 seats on a plane to play in Lima, Peru,” says Cuban superstar bandleader Alexander Abreu, 38. “Still, one finds a way to make it work.” Pianist-composer Harold López-Nussa, 31, knows it’s going to take time and resources, but he’s optimistic. “There’s a lot of hope on the part of the people of Cuba. I see it every day. Hopefully people in North America feel the same way.”

Source: http://www.billboard.com

9 July 2015 Culture  Music  News Read more