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The piper of the Eternal Charanga

Havana, Cuba. – Richard Egües, the piper of the Eternal Charanga, was born on October 26, 1923, in the Cienfuegos town of Cruces. The piper, composer and arranger joined the Orchestra Aragon in 1953, replacing another remarkable player of that instrument, Rolando Lozano. Richard Egües, el flautista de la Charanga Eterna. Foto tomada de Internet Egües gave to that ensemble the unmistakable... 

Vicentico Valdes: “I am not the best, but people like my voice”

Havana, Cuba. – Researcher and jurist Cristobal Diaz defined the decade of 50’s of last century as fabulous years. In those days, all genres and styles were represented by dozens of songwriters and singers of remarkable quality. They encompassed practically all musical genres. In bolero, the unrivaled and unmistakable Vicentico Valdes reigned in the popular taste and transcended our frontiers. Vicentico... 

Arsenio Rodriguez, indispensable figure in Cuban music

Havana, Cuba. – One of the most remarkable Cuban popular musicians is Ignacio de Loyola Rodriguez, known in arts as Arsenio Rodriguez. He was born in Güira de Macurijes, in Matanzas, on August 30 1911, which is about to celebrate his centennial. Arsenio Rodriguez- El Cieguito Maravilloso. Foto tomada de Internet Arsenio Rodriguez made a remarkable contribution to the development of the Son Montuno... 

Cuban Music in the XX Century (IV and final)

Havana, Cuba. – Now, let us go back to jazz bands, to the danzon of new rhythm and the new Charanga in the beginning of the second decade that we are dealing with. Dámaso Pérez Prado, músico cubano creador del Mambo. Foto tomada de Internet Damaso Perez Prado had migrated to Mexico, where he introduced a dancing genre that stemmed from elements of the danzon of new rhythm, with changes in...