Septeto Nacional Cubano
Echale Salsita
Discos Orbe 1979

What do you think about some Cuban son for this sunday ?
We had three records and one cd so far. Most of the albums
I found with them contain doubles, songs that also appear
on others. On this Colombian release on Discos Orbe only
a few. Here in the Netherlands we have grey and wet
weather today, an album like this may cheer up
your mood. Get, spread and enjoy listening ..

Wat denk je van wat Cubaanse son voor deze grijze zondag ?
We hadden tot dusver drie elpees en één cd met hen. De
meeste platen die ik heb gevonden bevatten veel dubbels,
nummers die ook al op andere staan. Deze op het Colom-
biaanse Discos Orbe label slechts enkele. Op zo’n natte
koude dag kan deze sound ons wellicht wat opvrolijken.


Glorias de Cuba 1976
Clásicos del Son vol. 1 1987
Clásicos del Son vol. 2 1987
Tumbao Cuban Classics 1992

01 – La edad y la mariposa
02 – Maria antonieta llego
03 – Es mejor que te calles
04 – Don lengua
05 – Bururu barara
06 – Como lo soño marti
07 – Y en eso llego fidel
08 – Echale salsita
09 – Quien me lo iba a decir camara
10 – Suavecito
11 – El son y sus instrumentos
12 – El final no llegara


Semana Cubana
Celina Gonzalez y el Conjunto Campo Alegre
Al Guateque con Celina
Egrem / Areito 1986


Een stem die je uit duizenden herkent, zo fris en helder, dat is
die van Celina Gonzalez. Welk nummer ze ook te pakken neemt,
het klinkt altijd weer als een klok. Op deze plaat uit 1986 zingt ze
onder begeleiding van het Conjunto Campo Alegre onder leiding
van Félix Martínez. Metales y cuerdas: Orquesta Egrem. Van meet
af aan een pakkende elpee, een stuk Cuba op z’n best..

A voice you recognize from thousands, so fresh and bright, that
is the one of Celina Gonzalez. No matter what song she picks, it
always sounds wonderful. On this record from 1986 she appears
with Conjunto Campo Alegre led by Félix Martínez. Metales y
cuerdas: Orquesta Egrem. From beginning to end a stunning
album, a piece of Cuba at its very best..

tracks ;

01 – Guateque campesino
02 – Me tenian amarrao, compe
03 – Por la loma pa’rriba
04 – Aurora
05 – Esperame que alla voy
06 – Que lindo suena la timba
07 – El guarapo y la melcocha
08 – Mi son es un misterio
09 – No mixtifiques mi son
10 – El reto


Septeto Nacional de Ignacio Piñeiro –
Clásicos del Son vol. 1, Areito 1987

Septeto Nacional, front

Areito label 1987

My buddy René went to Cuba with his daughter, they
travelled around for two weeks and came home with
some real nice lp’s. Take this one by Septeto Nacional
de Ignacio Pi؜ñeiro, I fell for it straight away. What a
stunning record, the son is just breathtaking. I don’t
know about you, better get it and listen instantly,
once you’ve heard it there’s no turning back.
Thank you so very much René,
you’re the best..


01 – Compay gallo
02 – Palomo
03 – Soy de matanzas
04 – El son hay que llevarlo en el corazon
05 – Tudo en conjunto
06 – Las cuatro palomas
07 – ¿Por que me guardas rencor?
08 – La mujer de antonio
09 – El viandero
10 – Consulate como yo
11 – Solamente una vez
12 – Noche de conga ( tu maningo )


Arsenio Rodríguez – Primitivo
Mas Records 1965

Arsenio Rodríguez, front

One of the key figures in latin music was this great man.
Arsenio Rodríguez is considered father of the modern afro-cuban
sound. His musical roots lay in the Congolese rituals of his
family, instilled in him by his grandfather who was a slave,
and it is said that he brought many of the toques used to
adress deities into son. He was a predigious composer –
his sones remain dominant in the repertoire – and his group,
which he expanded with first congas and later an extra trumpet,
more percussion and piano, became the most influential of the
1940’s. Rodríguez also changed the structure of son, expanding
the montuno with a descarga section of improvised solos.
Arsenio Rodríguez ( 1911 – 1970 ) was blind from age eight,
he was kicked by a horse. He was a superb tres player and one
of Cuba’s all time great bandleaders and son composers. Arsenio
grew up in a ‘solar’, a small neighbourhood community. It was his
custom to play the guitar, his neighbours would join in both
vocally and instrumentally, using sticks, pieces of chairs, boxes
or anything they could find to create a musical sound. On such
a night, someone used a cowbell as their contribution to this
primitive music and it was from this that the cowbell evolved as
part of the instrumentation of today’s Latin-American rhythm
sections. ( Rough Guide and backsleeve )
Congolese composer Grand Kalle was called the father of rumba,
he became inspired by Cuban artists like Arsenio Rodríguez, so now
we can see the circle close, afro-cuban getting round and round.
tracks like Independence cha cha and Africa Boogaloo are typical
examples, from Congo to Cuba and back,
music works miracles don’t you think..
listen to Arsenio Rodríguez,
( do we hear Monguito
there ? )


1 La pasion
2 Me engañastes juana
3 Lo que dice justi
4 Rumba guajira
5 Coplas de españa
6 Que mala suerte
7 Fiesta en el solar
8 Me equivoque contigo
9 A gozar mujeres
10 No lo niegues
11 El lema del guaguancó
12 Guaguancó de puerta tierra


Carlos Embale, Egrem / Areito

Carlos Embale, front

Rumba is pure Afro-Cuban music for only voices and percussion.
It began with harber workers singing and dancing in their spare
time in the docks of Havana and Matanzas, playing rhythms on
cargo boxes. It comes in three styles, Guaguancó, Yambú and
Columbia. Carlos Embale is one of the main performers of the
guaguancó style, enjoy this rare LP.


1 Timbalaye
2 Mañana te espero, niña
3 Donde estabas anoche
4 El mulato rumbero
5 Oh! Humanidad
6 Llora como llore
7 Tonache
8 Chambeleque
9 Genial compositor
10 Gongorongon