The Abakua-Cross River Nigeria Connection – Program 1

Produced by Calabar Radio

Ivor Miller spins Cuban classics recorded in Cuba and New York City, points out the Abakua codes within them and translates them with the help of his Nigerian co-host, Mr. Ene Ita, a professional Master of Ceremonies with Cross River Broadcasting Corporation (CRBC)

Books by Ivor Miller

Voice of the Leopard: African Secret Societies and Cuba
More info

The Sacred Language of the Abakua
More info

Calabar on the Cross River
More info

– Ken McCarthy

P.S. The program number on the streamed player is inaccurate.

Cuba Insight – Join the list

Cuba is not just another country with music.

It’s nothing less than the Mother Ship of Afro-Latin music.

With its habanera, danzon, changüí, son, son montuno, rumba, mambo, cha-cha-cha, timba, and wide variety of Afro-Cuban spiritual musical forms, Cuba has been as important to the music of the world as the United States has been with its blues, jazz, rock and rock, and gospel music.

But getting information about the Cuban jazz scene is not easy…

It’s scarcely covered by major jazz magazines. Even getting a list of jazz venues in Havana isn’t easy.

Ken’s Cuba List is filling the gap with videos and articles that will help you put Cuba’s music in perspective and educate yourself about its riches past and present.

We’re also sharing practical information including travel tips and a weekly listing of what’s going on in the clubs in Havana (the only source of this particular info on the Internet.)

– Ken McCarthy
Jazz on the Tube

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Rehearsal

Jose Andro Mella Bosch, voice and leader, and Pedro Cardenas Valdes, cello, prepare new material for the next round of Live from Matanzas.

If you missed the series so far, here’s what we’ve got

https://www.jazzonthetube.com/live-from-matanzas-episode-1/
https://www.jazzonthetube.com/live-from-matanzas-episode-2/
https://www.jazzonthetube.com/live-from-matanzas-episode-3/
https://www.jazzonthetube.com/live-from-matanzas-episode-4/
https://www.jazzonthetube.com/live-from-matanzas-episode-5/

Another project funded by Jazz on the Tube and its subscribers.

– Ken McCarthy
Jazz on the Tube

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Trombones and conga

El baile del büey cansa’o by Juan Formell and directed by Camilo Moreira

The lockdown in Cuba has been as disruptive as anywhere else, in fact even more extreme than most places.

The impact – skyrocketing food prices, the devastation of small businesses serving tourists, and yes hunger – has been severe.

Even before the lockdowns, times were economically tough in Cuba, Depression-level with cash and opportunities to make money very limited.

I can’t imagine how bad it is now, though I am getting reports.

Particularly sad to me has been the decimation of opportunities for young musicians and students to continue their educations.

For example, the country’s National High School of Music (ENA) has been shut down and all the kids sent home. ENA is a residential school in Havana that recruits the best young musicians from around the country.

Working with Camilo Moreira, a long-time friend of jazz on the Tube and ENA’s’ jazz band director, we’re creating distance education and performance opportunities for the kids.

This was Camilo’s first experiment, using Whatsapp. To accomplish this we bought Internet connections for all the participating students. Camilo is the wizard who is making it all happen. I have no idea of how he’s pulling it off.

This is the kind of thing you support when you support Jazz on the Tube.

Thank you to all our supporters whose support literally made this project possible.

We’d like to do more. Details: How to support Jazz on the Tube.

– Ken McCarthy
Jazz on the Tube

P.S. You can learn more about Camilo Moreira here

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Our Latin Thing (Nuestra Cosa Latina)

I only have one quibble with this movie.

It should be called Nuestra HERMOSA Cosa Latina (Our BEAUTIFUL Latin Thing)

Directed by Leon Gast (who went on to make “When We Were Kings”) and produced by Fania Records.

I had the great good fortune to grow up partially in the Bronx in the 1970s and this music and the energy it created was everywhere.

I was too young to go to the clubs, but this great music was the background of my life.

How wonderful that someone captured it. This was one of the greatest flowerings of creative music in New York City’s history – and that’s saying a lot!

Gest says the film was short entirely on the Lower East Side with the exception of the club footage which was shot at Cheetah’s which was located at Broadway and 53rds Street in Manhattan.

The Track List

1. Estrellas de Fania (Practice) – Fania All Stars (4:11​)
2. QuÍtate Tú – Fania All Stars (9:40​)
3. Anacaona – Fania All Stars (19:08​)
4. Ponte Duro – Fania All Stars (31:10​)
5. Abran Paso I – Larry Harlow Y Su Orquestra con Ismael Miranda (43:40​)
6. Abran Paso II – Larry Harlow Y Su Orquestra con Ismael Miranda (48:07​)
7. Lamento De Un Guajiro – Larry Harlow Y Su Orquestra con Ismael Miranda (51:05​)
8. Estrellas de Fania – Fania All Stars (1:12:05​)

– Ken McCarthy
Jazz on the Tube

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