Osaín del Monte – On stage and at home

A polished stage show by Osaín del Monte

Ensayo (rehearsal)

– Ken McCarthy
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Santiago de Cuba – A carnival group rehearses

A carnival group from Santiago de Cuba (“Conga de San Agustin”) rehearses.

So much power indoors you think they might blow the roof off.

Taking the practice to the streets with the dancers

– Ken McCarthy
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Peruchín!

Pedro Nolasco Jústiz Rodríguez, better known as Peruchín (January 31, 1913 – December 24, 1977)

We don’t seem to have any video of him so we’ll have to content ourselves with these three cuts.

Pa Gozar, La Mulata Rumbera, Redención


Note: On “La Mulata Rumbera”: Con Pedro Peruchín Jústiz, Orlando Cachaito López, Guillermo Barreto, Gustavo Tamayo, Yeyito Iglesias, Tata Güines

Some of the pianist influenced by Peruchín include Charlie Palmieri, George Shearing, Eddie Palmieri, Papo Lucca, Chucho Valdés and Alfredo “Sabor” Linares. Famed pianist Bebo Valdés was his disciple.

He was the greatest pianist in Cuban music, and there were some very good pianists around in those days: Lilí Martínez, Jesús López, Lino Frías. But what Peruchín could do in one phrase was without equal. And what he did harmonically, rhythmically, was so modern. He was 30, 40 years ahead of his time. Every important Latin pianist I know … has copied or been influenced by him.
– Paquito Hechavarría, 1995

– Ken McCarthy
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Cuba on the keyboard


Roberto Carlos Valdes

Cuban piano is combination of the precision of the classical keyboard with the precision of the tumbadora.

Eighty eight drums, ten fingers.

Roberto Carlos Valdes, grandson of Bebo Valdes.

– Ken McCarthy
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FOLI – (there is no movement without rhythm)

A film by Thomas Roebers and Floris Leeuwenberg

For the record, “Africa” is too hopelessly vague a word to be useful to describe reality.

This is clear when you think about how we conceive other continents. There is really no one “African” culture any more any more than there is one European or one Asian culture. There are dozens and, in Africa’s case, many hundreds.

Even in the US, there’s a big noticeable difference between someone raised in New York City vs. someone raised in say rural South Dakota or suburban Florida.

The culture highlighted in this video is Mandinka, the descendants of a sophisticated empire – The Mali – in West Africa from the 13th though 16th centuries.

This is not THE African culture. It is one of many, many shimmering cultural heritages that can be found on the African continent.

One of the things that makes Cuba such a potent cultural force is that people from all over Africa came together in one relatively small geographical area to create a supercharged fusion of the gifts they brought with them from their homelands. The Mandinka were part of the mix.


Great news!

You can now watch this video – and all Spanish language videos – with English subtitles. It’s free!

Click here for instructions on how to turn on English subtitles.

– Ken McCarthy
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Jane Bunnett & Maqueque All-Stars

Big news: You can catch Jane and her band in an intimate setting at the Falcon on the Hudson Valley this Sunday, September 15, 2019.

Jane Bunnett and and her husband Larry Kramer have provided the gateway to the larger world for countless young Cuban musicians.

Being from Canada helps. Unlike those of us from the “Land of the No-So-Free”, they’ve been able to travel back and forth to Cuba providing support to the musicians there uninterrupted for over 25 years.

This is Jane’s latest band that includes at least two super stars from the new generation: Daymé Arocena, vocals and Yissy García, drums and super stars to be, some of whom received their introduction to the jazz idiom from Jane: Melvis Santa, vocals & percussion; Mary Paz, congas & vocals. Danae Olana, piano: and Tailin Marrero, acoustic & electric bass.

Big news: You can catch Jane and her band in an intimate setting at the Falcon on the Hudson Valley this Sunday, September 15, 2019.

Other locations on their 2019 Northeast US tour

See them while you can. The jackasses in Washington are making it brutally difficult for Cuban musicians to tour in the US.

– Ken McCarthy
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