Putumayo Presents: Cuba

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Cuba wasn't the first Afro-Cuban compilation that Putumayo released in the '90s. Latino! Latino! had focused on Afro-Cuban sounds from artists in locations ranging from Africa to South America, while Afro-Latino examined the parallels between African and Latino artists. On Cuba, Putumayo's main focus is on salseros who were active in Cuba in the '70s, '80s, and '90s. Some of the groups included on Cuba go back much further than that -- the Septeto Ignacio Pinero was formed in 1927, while Orquesta Sublime a charanga band was formed in the '50s, and los Guaracheros de Oriente go back to 1940. Cuba favors more recent lineups by these groups, which have gone through their ...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Cuba wasn't the first Afro-Cuban compilation that Putumayo released in the '90s. Latino! Latino! had focused on Afro-Cuban sounds from artists in locations ranging from Africa to South America, while Afro-Latino examined the parallels between African and Latino artists. On Cuba, Putumayo's main focus is on salseros who were active in Cuba in the '70s, '80s, and '90s. Some of the groups included on Cuba go back much further than that -- the Septeto Ignacio Pinero was formed in 1927, while Orquesta Sublime a charanga band was formed in the '50s, and los Guaracheros de Oriente go back to 1940. Cuba favors more recent lineups by these groups, which have gone through their share of personnel changes over the years. Most, or all, of Pinero's original members are dead. But this CD doesn't focus exclusively on veteran acts -- Mi Son heard on "Mecanica de Amor", for example, was formed in 1992. Irakere, the salsa/Latin jazz explorers heard on "Boliviana," came out of the '70s and gave us such improvisers as Paquito D'Rivera and Arturo Sandoval both of whom defected from Cuba and became U.S. citizens. "Boliviana" is an ode to a Bolivian woman, and the song fuses Afro-Cuban and South American elements in a most appealing way. Boasting comprehensive liner notes and enjoyable performances, Cuba is among the many compilations that Putumayo can be proud of.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/25/1999
  • Label: Putumayo World Music
  • UPC: 790248014920
  • Catalog Number: 149

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Compositor Confundido - Ibrahim Ferrer (4:30)
  2. 2 Al Vaiven de Mi Carreta - Eliades Ochoa & Cuarteto Patria (5:26)
  3. 3 El Adios de Este Momento - Septeto Nacional de Ignacio Piñeiro (5:59)
  4. 4 Campina - Afro-Cuban Jazz Project (3:46)
  5. 5 Sabroso Como el Guarapo - Orquesta Sublime (4:14)
  6. 6 Mecanica de Amor - Mi Son (6:02)
  7. 7 Mami Me Gusto - Todos Estrellas (4:34)
  8. 8 Boliviana - Irakere (6:24)
  9. 9 El Reloj de Pastora - Sierre Maestra (4:17)
  10. 10 Patria Querida - Los Guaracheros de Oriente (3:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Irakere Track Performer
Los Guaracheros de Oriente Track Performer
Septeto Nacional de Ignacio Piñeiro Track Performer
Eliades Ochoa Track Performer
Cuarteto Patria Track Performer
Orquesta Sublime Track Performer
Ibrahim Ferrer Track Performer
Afro-Cuban Jazz Project Track Performer
Todos Estrellas Track Performer
Ignacio Piñeiro Vocals
Sierre Maestra Track Performer
Mi Son Track Performer
Technical Credits
Chucho Valdés Composer
Faustino Oramas Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great for Cleaning!

    If you need upbeat, motivational music to clean your kitchen, this is the tape. You can't help but get in a good mood with this one. Make the dreaded chores so much more bearable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    First time I've reviewed a CD...this is one of our fave CD's!

    Bought the Cuba CD a year ago, and play it very, very often...it's soulful yet exotic, and whoever's in the room will start to dance when it's on (seriously--even my mother-in-law from China does a little dance to this!). The sound is Latino and kind of an intimate, earthy Mambo. None of the songs are overproduced, the singing is great, and it has cool instrumentals (guitar, percussion, flute, accordian). It lifts my spirits. Now I want to visit Cuba! Superb quality, from classic Cuban superstars. We have hundreds of CD's, and this is in our top 5, easily. If anyone can recommend similar CD's, please put a note here! Putumayo is very good, and this CD is just super.

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    Posted September 14, 2010

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