Cuba Music Week
is off and running - a online and live week of celebrating the beauty and importance of Cuban Music. It organized by New York's ARChive of Contemporary Music
and in conjunction with Havana’s Cubadiscos Festival.
On the first day attended Mambo Memories, Reliving the Palladium Era
at the Hostos Center
in the Bronx. Hostos Community College serves the community, and the Center celebrates it. In a concert space rivaling the best in Manhattan the show got of to a big bang, by big band, the Steve Oquendo Mambo Orchestra (SOLJO). It's still a thrill to hear a 12 piece horn section and this young band was swinging! They have a regular Tuesday night residency at the Mamajuana's Café
in the Bronx. It's free and fab, I urge everyone to check them out!
It's still a thrill to hear a 12 piece horn section and this young band was swinging! The night features a good overview of the music that made up the era and featured short sets by Frankie Figueroa, Nayibe La Gitana, Orlando Marín (pointing out that as the FOURTH best mambo bandleader he was a tad overlooked by the press), Frankie Morales, Papo Pepín, Cita Rodríguez and the Eddie Torres Dancers, Radio stalwart Vicki Solá was Mistress of Ceremonies.Highlights for me was vocalist Frankie Figueroa, with a showmanship series of moves mimicking a boxing bout, and the main reason I attended, a chance to meet and hear conguero Cándido Camero.
The 95 year old Candido
was still vibrant and a quite a showman, despite a natural slowdown that comes with age. He was kind enough to sign one of my favorite albums by him and allow us to take a few pictures (here with ARC Director. B. George.) By the way we have 19 LPs by Candido here at ARC.
You can see all events and activities, as well as pages of essays, videos, books, databases celebrating Cuban Music at www.cubamusicweek.org
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