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Música Folklórica de Cuba

Folkloric Afro-Cuban Music
Released by Nolan Warden.

Nolan Warden writes...

In August 2000, I traveled to Cuba to study folkloric Afro-Cuban music. On my first day there I stumbled upon a Santeria ceremony in a house in Havana. I met one of the bata drummers there, Lekiam Aguilar, and he invited me to another type of ceremony that he was going to play at. I'm glad I accepted because what I encountered was something I had never even heard about before. I began to learn about a type of music and ceremony that is rarely known outside of Cuba. I also met a number of great musicians and people from a group called Grupo Cuero y Cajón.

Grupo Cuero y Cajón is a group of Cuban musicians who perform regularly at religious festivities in and around the area of Marianao (a "suburb" of Havana). The players are from a neighborhood in Marianao called Pogolotti which, on any given day, could have numerous religious or semi-religious "actividades" going on.The group plays folkloric Afro-Cuban music based, in part, on traditional rhythms from the Bantu people of Africa. The songs that accompany these rhythms are usually called "Plegarias" or "Espirituales" (Spirituals) and are often used in ceremonies to honor deceased ancestors (Egun). Although much of the group's repertoire is traditional, their musical knowledge, instrumentation, and personal style all contribute to a very unique sound. (A member list is above, right.)


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to hear samples
1 Yambu 
2 Saludo a Elegguá
3 Salamalecun Malecunsala 
4 Rezos y Cantos a Siete Rayos
5 San Lazaro - Babaluaye
6 Canto a la Gitana
7 Yamando a los Congos 

The CD includes five more tracks recorded in live ceremonies!

(from left to right in photo)
Pedro Pozo Pedroso: Musical Director, Cajon (Wooden Box), Vocals
Silvano Pozo Pedroso: Tumbadora (Conga), Vocals
Dairon Rodriguez Perlez (seated): Guagua, Guataca (Hoe Blade), Vocals
Lekiam Aguilar Guerrero: Representation/Director, Vocals
Luciano Silverio Ochandarena: Lead Vocals, Achere (Maraca)

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