June 22, 2017

Pio Leyva – El Montunero de Cuba
RRAS 1012


Most people just know him from his membership in the Buena Vista
Social Club project. Ry Cooder pulled a range of old Son Montuno
artists from the dust in 1997. Wilfriedo ‘Pio’ Leyva Pascual already had
an impressive career behind him at the time. He was one of the greats
in the field and was also called ‘El Montunero de Cuba’. He was active
as a bongo player since 1923 but first sung in 1932 with Orquesta
Caribe. Pio Leyva sung with artists such as Orquesta Aragón, Beny
Moré, Bebo Valdez, Noro Moralez and with Compay Segundo who
was also member of Buena Vista Social Club. Further he sang with
Marciano Mercerón, Conjunto Caney and Riverside. He died of a
heart attack in 2006, age 89, listen to el Montunero de Cuba..

De meeste mensen kennen hem slechts door zijn rol in het Buena
Vista Social Club project. Ry Cooder trok een keur aan oude Son
Montuno artiesten uit het stof in 1997. Wilfriedo ‘Pio’ Leyva Pascual
had toen reeds een lange carriere achter zich. Hij was een van de
groten in het veld en werd ook wel ‘El Montunero de Cuba’ genoemd.
Sinds 1923 actief zong hij voor het eerst in 1932 in Conjunto Caribe.
Verder zong hij bij Orquesta Aragón, Beny Moré, Bebo Valdez, Noro
Moralez en met Compay Segundo die ook lid was van Buena Vista
Social Club. Maar ook met Mariano Mercerón, Conjunto Caney en
Riverside. Pio Leyva overleed in 2006 aan een hartaanval, hij
werd 89 jaar. Luister naar el Montunero de Cuba..

tracks ;

01 – Oye como suena
02 – Ay que tiene ella ?
03 – La alegria del montuno
04 – A comer chicharron
05 – El pregon de la montaña
06 – Resuena tu bongo
07 – Langosta con arroz
08 – A batea
09 – Yo bailo con ella
10 – Oriente hermoso
11 – Cuba de mi corazon
12 – El guateque de ciprian


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  1. Erik Borgh 22 June 2017 at 19:41 - Reply

    Absolute great album!! Thanks!!

  2. Moos 24 June 2017 at 05:43 - Reply

    I guess you are right Buddha, I din’t make my homework properly.
    You clearly dived into the matter a whole lot deeper and I just assumed it was Ry Cooder who did
    the job instead of Juan de Marcos González. Any way, let’s enjoy listening to the music..
    peace and ehh yes Om mani padme hummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm…

  3. Anonymous 26 June 2017 at 18:31 - Reply

    Hi Moos and Bhudda, The whole pop music history is full of those type of examples where established musicians try to ‘help’ their poor counterparts to become famous. Some examples : Eric Clapton and Howlin’ Wolf, Paul Simon and ladysmith Black Manbazo ,to name just two that came into my mind. Yet there are more but it shows that the truth or true music don’t sell in the western world.
    I don’t judge this practice because I think that the involved musicians are the only ones who can tell if their corporation was worthwhile. I go always for the real stuff and don’t even bother to pay a lot of attention to these type of albums. The good part is that you might get exposed to artists that otherwise you wouldn’t have known . Once you know them you can look for their real work. Rik

  4. Arnaud 28 June 2017 at 06:57 - Reply

    Hi Moos, check this blog, many treasures.
    Very global also.

    • Moos 28 June 2017 at 10:44 - Reply

      cool Arnaud, thanks for the tip..

  5. Moos 7 July 2017 at 07:29 - Reply

    As some of you may have noticed, I removed several comments of the man who calls himself the buddha. The comments were removed on his own command.
    Clearly he did not approve the way I run my blog and kept sending me huge comments that got me tired by reading alone. Be fore closing the subject I want
    to say one more thing. Dear buddha, start a blog of your own so you can do things
    exactly the way you want and please,.. please do not comment here ever again..

  6. The Dubbah is crap 16 July 2017 at 23:28 - Reply

    You guided me into the labyrinth that is ‘Highlife’.
    And I love you for that…

  7. Juanito 17 July 2017 at 12:12 - Reply

    Super sweet album!!!… Thank you for running this blog the way you do…. it is my ‘go to’ place for my mystic music pleasure. ..

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