One night around 2005 at Casa de la Music Habana… Pupy and fans

Always had as soft spot for this clip, it was the album release I liked most from Pupy… the best singers any band ever had anywhere… and the fans came out to dance for it.  It was just the out-take that was used to show the credits on Piso 6 one night… but it’s enough to put you in the place and time…

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Hot collaboration, and respect for los viejos…. Jose Luis Cortez

More great collaborations and jams from Cuban TV…

Jose Luis Cortez… leader of NG La Banda… la banda que manda…

The band that still carries the reputation of inventing the music that enabled to Cuba to survive the Special Period… called “Timba”…

… is a famous collaborator, loves to play with all kinds of musicians…

Here with Cesar Lopez, Alexander Abreu… this jazzy spicy number is still sizzling on the hard drive…

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Here with Alexander Abreu – “Rise”…

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TWO BLASTS from the past, Armandito Fernandez – La Bola, followed by Orestes Macias.. me Importas Tu…

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NG La Banda, Tanya Pantoja singing el Yerberito…plus Cero Kopia…

You might find it interesting to compare el Yerberito, done here… con sentimiento… by Tanya… with the version by Obini Bata… previous post.

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Mutual respect abounds all over Cuban music scene, here’s rapper Cero Kopia…

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Obini Bata… female folkloric group from Cuba

Obini Bata is called the first all-female afro-cuban folkloric group.

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Here’s some good stuff…

First… El Yerberito…

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La Mulata Rumbera…

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I got a DVD, it’s available here… it’s good!

Chucho… Lili… Frank… descarga!

A threesome of greats in Cuban piano… from the archives… Luis ‘lili’ Martinez Griñan, Chucho Valdez, Frank Fernandez…

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You can compare another short documentary, of three previous generation pianists here:

Alfredo de la Fe y Enrique Alvarez – “Violin Charanguero”

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Another musical collaboration from Cuban TV… Enrique Alvarez who leads the Charanga Latina popular Havana dance band… and Alfredo de la Fe, born in Cuba, graduate of Amadeo Roldan Conservatory, now leading his career in New York.

Running fast… “No van lejos los de alante, si los de atras corren bien “…

Pepe Reyes… Yanek & Diana…

Pepe Reyes…world famous in the decades of bolero and feeling… is right up to date again with Yanek and Diana… worldwide dance favourites today.

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And here with Dorgeris Alvarez, often playing in Adalberto Alvarez band… and also known as Adalberto’s daughter.  Paying tribute to Pepe too…

 

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Papiosco… Pedrito… with Charanga de Oro

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Making his musical life in Toronto today… here’s Papiosco on congas… with the classic Pare Cochero… Charanga de Oro, a band that knows how to play it…

The director’s call “Papiosco” comes about 4:10 in here…

 

Maraca – Let’s work together…

A thing that TV shows can add to what you bought on a CD… a lot more collaboration.  Whoever has talked lately… or done anything lately… likely will work something up together for the TV show… to add some interest… benefit from each others fan base ;-).

Here are some collaborations Cuban Style… featuring flautist Maraca and his band!

First, with Edesio Alejandro and (mainly) Adriano Rodriguez, with a contribution from Yoruba Andabo:

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With electric guitarist Elmer Ferrer, lately seen around Toronto:

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And my fave, with Yoruba Andabo…

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Sample of dancing, Bailar Casino TV show 2006

This was a show featuring the music of Havana Power Band, and some excellent dancing.  So happens the surviving video I have is a bit better quality than some, so let’s have a look…  some nice ideas of how to move to this music… no wonder we admire this special marriage … Cuban dance music, and Cuban dancers!

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And a fave bonus rueda:

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