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DESCARGA: Pi-Mozambi-Son
with Chaguito u Sus Timberos

Released by Boogalu Productions.

DVD: 68 Minutes

Descarga in Spanish means to unload. The tradition of descarga in Cuba is about unloading creatively in music - a special form where musicians can improvise and interact with more freedom. To this end, descargas often have stripped down arrangements of a repeating melody line, strong bass, and percussion. With this rhythmic groove solid, individual musicians have permission to solo, invent, and stretch out.

In the spirit of descarga, a group of exceptional Cuban musicians assembled under the leadership of Santiago "Chaguito" Garzón, the former musical director of “Rumberos de Cuba” and "Clave Y Guaguancó. For this project Chaguito invited a group of longtime friends, many from his native Guantánamo. Included are musicians from such legendary groups as Conjunto Chappottín y Sus Estrellas, Orquesta Sublime, and Pachito Alonso y Sus Kini Kini.

Descarga Pi-Mozambi-Son is a series of eight music sessions that reflect the depth and beauty of popular and folkloric Cuban music, as well as featuring new inventive forms that are mixtures of the classic genres.

descargas on the DVD:

Bailado Mi Negra - cha cha chá
solos: flute, congas, timbales, bass

Estrellas Del Son - son
solos: trumpet, tres, piano, bongo

Pi-Mozambi-Son
a mix of the rhythms in pilón, mozambique, and son
solos: flute, trumpet, tres, piano, campana

Ogún Guerrero Tumbaloya
bembé guantánamero
solos: flute, congas

Timba Para Changó - batá rumba
solos: congas, tres, timbales

Tremendo Descargón - son montuno
solos: bongo, congas, timbales, trumpet

Guarapacha-Son
a mix of rumba guarapachangeo and son
solos: congas-cajón

A Paso Firme de Aqui Pa'Ya
conga

bonus tracks and files on the DVD include:
~ outakes of sessions and solos not used in the body of the film
~ mp3 audio of all the sessions that can be turned into a CD, or uploaded to your mp3 player.

musicians and their music group:

Santiago "Chaguito" Garzón - percussion/voice
former musical director of Clave y Guaguancó & Rumberos de Cuba

Melquiades Fundora Dina - wooden flute
Orquesta Sublime (founding member 1956)

Tomás "Panga" Ramos - congas
studio and/or touring artist with: Pupy y Los Que Son Son, Buena Vista Social Club Alumni, Cubanismo, Paulito FG

Armando Fuentes Silega - Cuban bass
Conjunto Chappottín y Sus Estrellas

Angel Labori Hernández - piano
Conjunto Chappottín y Sus Estrellas

Juan Carlos Tito Rojas - trumpet
Pachito Alonso y Sus Kini Kini

Alberto Muguercia Ramos - timbales/voice
Grupo Reye 73

Esconodio Padilla Perés - tres/voice
Grupo Tradición 2000

Luis Enrique "Kiki" Romero - bongo/voice
Grupo Caña Santa


$32




Sample MP3 audio from the DVD:
Bailado Mi Negra
Estrellas Del Son
Pi-Mozambi-Son
Ogún Guerrero Tumbaloya
Timba Para Changó
Tremendo Descargón
Guarapacha-Son
A Paso Firme de Aqui Pa'Ya


Read the entire commentary on this DVD
"I watched this DVD last night and it was a real pleasure! I am a bit of a conguero myself so that I really enjoyed the solos and watching and listening to the "real thing" made in Cuba, which always is a bit different to that played in the US and/or Europe, even when played by Cubans. It just has a different color to it, like a visual-acoustic perfume, only possible by Cubans in Cuba. "
                                   ---Hector Garcia

$32



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