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GRUPO
AFROCUBA

Raíces Africanas
(African Roots)

$16

Released by Shanachie.

GRUPO AFROCUBA
Racíces Africanas (African Roots)

This is a fine introduction to the strong cultural foundation that underlies much of Cuban popular music. The dynamic Grupo Afrocuba ensemble of dancers, drummers, and singers perform roots music of their northern Cuban home. On this release they sing and play sacred songs of their ancestor-revering Santeria religion, invoking the deities that guard the way to the afterlife, and allowing them to seek advice and to gain insights from those who have gone before. Afrocuba have also adapted the instrumentation of the sacred songs to cover more secular issues, inventing a new form, the Batarumba (named for the hourglass shaped bata drums). Raices Africanas is Afrocuba's first full-length recording since their founding over 30 years ago. They have brought their generations of experience into play on this CD, overlaying complex rhythms with memorable call and response singing.

Grupo Afrocuba: Francisco Zamora Chirino, Enrique Mesa Cespedes, Luis Cancino Morales (vocals, percussion); Dolores Perez Herrera (vocals); Ramon Garcia Perez, Reynaldo Gobel Villamil, Ramses Zamora Molina (percussion).

$16

Click titles with notes to hear samples
1 Caridad (BataRumba)
2 Ogún (Iyesá)
3 Oshún (Guiro)
4 Changó (Batá)
5 Ananú (Arará)
6 Eleguá (Bembé)
7 Palo (Bantú)
8 Pa' Los Mayores (Yambu Matancero)
9 Enigue Nigue (Guaguancó)
10 Aguado Koloya (Rumba Columbia)
11
Brikamo
12
Abakuá
13
Baila Mi Guaguancó (BataRumba)
 

$16


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