rumba soy yo
Los All Stars de la Rumba Cubana
first time I listened to this CD all I could say was,
beginning to end, this All Stars CD demonstrates why
Cuba is still the capital of Afro-Caribbean music. Rumba,
Descarga, Timba, Son, you name it, you’ll find it
here. If you want to party with great music, this is
the CD to get.
party begins with Aramís Galindo's version
of the Norberto Shand classic, "Soy La Rumba,"
which many have covered, including Adalberto Alvarez
and the Sonora Ponceña. This version has a nice
Timba feel that is carried by the energetic vocals
of the songs on this CD are old tunes that were given
a fresh modern sound. A perfect example of this is the
tune by Manuel Corona titled, "Santa Cecilia,"
sung by Issac Delgado. With his smooth vocals,
he gave the tune such a surreal effect, that I had to
go back and listen to the older versions by Arsenio
Rodríguez and María Teresa, to make sure it
was the same song.
young stallions are not the only ones impressive on this
CD. The older cats demonstrate who the masters of this
genre are indeed. "Lengua de Obbara"
is re-recorded by Los Muñequitos de Matanzas with
Changuito. Los Papines re-record "En
el balcón aquel". With such energy, you would not
believe most of them are past 60 years of age.
the CD is, as we say today, 'off the hook,' two songs
standout from the rest. First is "Un violín pa’
Chano," performed by Lázaro González
from Orquesta Aragón. This tribute to great late
Chano Pozo is a smoker. The violin cuts into the
groove with finesse and aggressiveness at the same time.
You will find yourself hitting the replay button on this
then there’s the classic "Xiomara,"
superbly sung by Los Van Van’s vocalist, Mayito Rivera.
Many, and I mean many, have covered this song (Típica
73, Irakere, Alfredo De La Fe, to name a few), but
not with the passionate vocals of Mayito. This
man can truly sing. If radio would dare play this song,
I could see the little salsa singers running for cover.
His soneos are inventive with an off-beat style, ála
getting close to the end of the year and I would definitely
nominate "La Rumba Soy Yo" as CD of
the Year. Ok, at least in the top 5! ¡Esta
no es Salsa monga!
la rumba - Aramís Galindo
La Habana - Grupo Yoruba Andabo
Santa Cecilia - Issac Delgado
Mi Magdalena - Sixto Llorente
Lengua de Obbara - Los Muñequitos de Matanzas
Solo - Tata Güines
Un violín pa’ Chano - Lázaro González
Maileo - Grupo Clave y Guaguancó
En el balcón aquel- Los Papines
Sobre una tumba - Haila
Río Mestizo - Alejandro Valdes
Cuba - Los Muñequitos de Matanzas
Xiomara - Mayito Rivera
El jardín - Los Muñequitos de Matanzas
Final - Grupo Clave y Guaguancó
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