TAMBOR LUKUMI -
ANDRÉS CHACÓN Y EL GRUPO IRÉ IRÉ
Produced by Middle Path Media (MPM).
Released by Earthcds Partners & MPM.
In this three CD box set, the late great Andrés Chacón plays Lukumi,
Abakua and Arara styles with his group Iré Iré. Recorded
live at his home in La Havana, Cuba 2001. A bilingual (English
& Spanish) 28 page full color booklet with notes, interviews (with
Andrés Chacón) and photos is included!
Chacón Franquiz “Pogolotti” was born on the
outskirts of Havana near the Toledo sugar factory. Andrés
learned from the master drummers of his day — many of them raised
by grandparents born in Africa — who in turn had learned from
earlier masters. Because of his devotion and talents,
Andrés came to master many drumming traditions, a role that
includes the process of drum-making beginning with the ritual felling
of specific trees. As a teacher, he became a conduit for the
transmission of this lore to future generations. Several of the major
traditions performed by the “school” of Andrés are
found on this CD, giving listeners a rare glimpse into living spiritual
traditions with direct links to Mother Africa.