Septeto Nacional de Ignacio Piñeiro –
Clásicos del Son vol. 1, Areito 1987

Septeto Nacional, front

Areito label 1987

My buddy René went to Cuba with his daughter, they
travelled around for two weeks and came home with
some real nice lp’s. Take this one by Septeto Nacional
de Ignacio Pi؜ñeiro, I fell for it straight away. What a
stunning record, the son is just breathtaking. I don’t
know about you, better get it and listen instantly,
once you’ve heard it there’s no turning back.
Thank you so very much René,
you’re the best..

tracks;

01 – Compay gallo
02 – Palomo
03 – Soy de matanzas
04 – El son hay que llevarlo en el corazon
05 – Tudo en conjunto
06 – Las cuatro palomas
07 – ¿Por que me guardas rencor?
08 – La mujer de antonio
09 – El viandero
10 – Consulate como yo
11 – Solamente una vez
12 – Noche de conga ( tu maningo )

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Arsenio Rodríguez – Primitivo

Arsenio Rodríguez, front

One of the key figures in latin music was this great man.
Arsenio Rodríguez is considered father of the modern afro-cuban
sound. His musical roots lay in the Congolese rituals of his
family, instilled in him by his grandfather who was a slave,
and it is said that he brought many of the toques used to
adress deities into son. He was a predigious composer –
his sones remain dominant in the repertoire – and his group,
which he expanded with first congas and later an extra trumpet,
more percussion and piano, became the most influential of the
1940’s. Rodríguez also changed the structure of son, expanding
the montuno with a descarga section of improvised solos.
Arsenio Rodríguez ( 1911 – 1970 ) was blind from age eight,
he was kicked by a horse. He was a superb tres player and one
of Cuba’s all time great bandleaders and son composers. Arsenio
grew up in a ‘solar’, a small neighbourhood community. It was his
custom to play the guitar, his neighbours would join in both
vocally and instrumentally, using sticks, pieces of chairs, boxes
or anything they could find to create a musical sound. On such
a night, someone used a cowbell as their contribution to this
primitive music and it was from this that the cowbell evolved as
part of the instrumentation of today’s Latin-American rhythm
sections. ( Rough Guide and backsleeve )
Congolese composer Grand Kalle was called the father of rumba,
he became inspired by Cuban artists like Arsenio Rodríguez, so now
we can see the circle close, afro-cuban getting round and round.
tracks like Independence cha cha and Africa Boogaloo are typical
examples, from Congo to Cuba and back,
music works miracles don’t you think..
listen to Arsenio Rodríguez,
( do we hear Monguito
there ? )

tracks;

1 La pasion
2 Me engañastes juana
3 Lo que dice justi
4 Rumba guajira
5 Coplas de españa
6 Que mala suerte
7 Fiesta en el solar
8 Me equivoque contigo
9 A gozar mujeres
10 No lo niegues
11 El lema del guaguancó
12 Guaguancó de puerta tierra

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Carlos Embale, Egrem / Areito

Carlos Embale, front

Rumba is pure Afro-Cuban music for only voices and percussion.
It began with harber workers singing and dancing in their spare
time in the docks of Havana and Matanzas, playing rhythms on
cargo boxes. It comes in three styles, Guaguancó, Yambú and
Columbia. Carlos Embale is one of the main performers of the
guaguancó style, enjoy this rare LP.

tracks;

1 Timbalaye
2 Mañana te espero, niña
3 Donde estabas anoche
4 El mulato rumbero
5 Oh! Humanidad
6 Llora como llore
7 Tonache
8 Chambeleque
9 Genial compositor
10 Gongorongon

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