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Dicen Que...
     

Dicen Que...

by Albita
 
Before the advent of the Buena Vista Social Club, the best known exponent of Cuba's musica guajira was a single-monikered, cross-dressing fireball named Albita. Her weekly dates at restaurants in Miami's Little Havana and South Beach made her a celebrity sensation (Madonna, as always, was an early supporter), and when she made her major-label debut dipped in

Overview

Before the advent of the Buena Vista Social Club, the best known exponent of Cuba's musica guajira was a single-monikered, cross-dressing fireball named Albita. Her weekly dates at restaurants in Miami's Little Havana and South Beach made her a celebrity sensation (Madonna, as always, was an early supporter), and when she made her major-label debut dipped in stylish men's suits and singing in a rich, powerful alto, Albita Rodriguez revived interest in Cuba's rumba and mambo when the rest of the Latin world was still hooked on drippy salsa romantica. On her second and best album, again produced under the aegis of Miami Sound Machine impresario Emilio Estefan, Albita ditched the drag and came out swinging with elaborate arrangements that put a definitive Cuban stamp on the music, instantly setting her songs apart from the Nuyorican sound ruling Latin radio. Songs like "El Chico Chevere" sport the jazzy over-the-top time signatures made mandatory by Havana's dance bands like Los Van Van; "Hoy No Voy a Trabajar," featuring Arturo Sandoval on trumpet, is a fiery street rumba. Her female-fronted band, including director and treseraJulia Sierra and flutist Mercedes Abal, romps all over these tunes. Bursting with more syncopated vigor than a dozen contemporary salsa albums, Dicen Que is vital listening.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/01/1996
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646775721
catalogNumber:
67757

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Performance Credits

Albita   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar
Arturo Sandoval   Trumpet
Ramón Rodríguez   Bass
Mercedes Abal   Flute,Choir, Chorus
Viviana Pintado   Piano,Choir, Chorus
Julia Sierra   Acoustic Guitar,Choir, Chorus
Ricardo Suarez   Bass
Jorge Dobal   Trombone,Choir, Chorus
Orlando J. Forte   Violin
Fernando Pina   Percussion
Rafael Díaz   Viola
Yuri Cabrera   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Albita   Arranger,Producer
Sebastián Krys   Engineer
Albita Rodriguez   Producer
Julia Sierra   Arranger,Producer
Julian Peploe   Art Direction
Javier Garza   Engineer
Rafael Mariño   Arranger
Omar Fernandez   Arranger
R. Rodriguez   Composer

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