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Oye mi son santiaguero

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When it comes to Cuban son, you should look at Santiago de Cuba. The most genuine rhythms of traditional Cuban music (son, guaracha, danzón, changüí, bolero-son ...) have in the east of the island the best showcase. And if you are seeking for the most balanced model, which combines experience and youth, respect for tradition, but investing in sound innovation and quality self compositions, the brightest band that currently has septet format and is based in Santiago. That is, the Septeto Santiaguero.

Neither too young nor too old, this band is the finest example of Cuban son for the new millennium. Founded in 1995 by Fernando Dewar -director of the band-, the Septeto Santiaguero brings together seven virtuosos musicians forged in musical sanctuaries like La Casa de la Trova or El Patio de los Dos Abuelos, and has in its lineup three vocal soloists, Rubén Matos (also guitar and bass), Inocencio Heredia and Ismael Borges, and Alberto Castellanos on drums, Adolfo Aguilera on bass and Edy Lobaina on the trumpet, and the already mentioned Dewar.

artA real “dream team” of Cuban son, who has five albums in his musical career and now presents a new production, edited by Picap, recorded between the legendary studios Siboney in Santiago de Cuba (where Compay Segundo made his first recordings) and Axis in Madrid, and mastered in the 44.1 studio of Aiguaviva (Girona-Catalonia) by Toni París. "Oye mi son santiaguero" is the title of this new album by Septeto Santiaguero to the rhythm of guaracha, bolero, son and changüí, which includes 11 new tracks, one of them, "Cuestiones de amor" by the famous Cuban sonero Adalberto Álvarez.

The catchy rhythm of the Septeto, with those hot lyrics with double meaning and so typical of the guaracha, emerge from the first track, "Esa niña, qué cintura" (clip) where it is thrown a nod to the Charanga Habanera with the refrain "que dicen que soy un temba, que ya pasé de cuarenta, y solo tengo una jeva cuando me pasa la cuenta”. More explicit and rogue are the tracks "Son cocos", an son ode to some bumps in the female anatomy or "La acupuntura", which begins with this subtlety: "Yo sé de una acupuntura que tiene punta y que es dura, si tú sabes colocarla en el punto deseado, el resultado logrado no tiene lugar a dudas".

In the album we do not miss a tribute to a Latin country where Septeto Santiaguero’s music is appreciated, "Colombia", ("Qué India y que Buena: Bogotá, Santa Marta, Barranquilla i Cartagena ...»), to finish with a changüí guantanamero rhythm, "La fiesta del changüí”, as it is set in the oriental musical canons.

The message is on the air: "Oye mi son santiaguero". Septeto Santiaguero says. Word of hot land.

text: Xavier Rossell

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