release their latest
album. VAMOS PA 'LA FIESTA
is the title of this new album, the seventh of
septeto career which started in 1995. On the album there are 14 tracks and a
bonus track, a route through different genres of root Cuban music as Son,
Guaracha, Bolero, Traditional Trova, Danzón, Changüí and Pilón
. Also Son is
combined with Cumbia at the end of the album. A few days ago in their arrival
in Spain in the European tour, they presented us songs of the new album and the
daily paper El Pais said of them: “All songs can rabidly be danced” and “a well
blend into its Caribbean spirit that combines modernity and respect to the
The album has deluxe collaborations such as: Rubén
Blades, Cheo Feliciano, José Alberto El Canario, Luisito Quintero, Jimmy Bosch
and Edwin Colón Zayas.
With VAMOS PA 'LA FIESTA Septeto Santiaguero wants to
thank the historical counterparts of the salsa movement "for everything
they have done in favor of preservation of Son and Bolero" says director and
as producer of the album Fernando Dewar.
This is the first occasion on which several of these
historical figures of the salsa movement come together to participate in a
production with Cuban musicians on the island.
Rubén Blades plays two classics, Lágrimas Negras by
Miguel Matamoros and Contéstame by Arsenio Rodriguez. Blades appears also with
the unmistakable voice and his alter ego "Medoro Madera", a character
created by Rubén Blades to honor the Cuban Son artists, appearing for frst time
in an album different from the Rubén Blades ones, that is Vamos Pa’ la Fiesta.
Cheo Feliciano sings “Un poquito de tu amor” (A little
bit of your love) a song with Son and Bolero, the authorship of
"manzanillero" Julio Gutierrez, who lived a long time in Puerto Rico.
El Canario plays a popular song of Los Compadres in
the Dominican Republic, “Amor Silvestre” (Wild Love), by Lorenzo Hierrezuelo,
being this version an explicit homage to Reynaldo Hierrezuelo, Rey Caney.
Jimmy Bosch plays the trombone in the “La Reina
Isabel” from the great Electo Rosell Chepín, a Danzón whit an implicit tribute
to Cachao. Edwin Colón Zayas plays the “cuatro boricua” in “Que le den candela”
a bow to the contributions of Van Van to the contemporary Son of Septeto
Santiaguero. Luisito Quintero plays the bongo in the changüí song “Yo Si tumbo
"We wanted to insert all the guests into the Casa
de la Trova (Santiago de Cuba) atmosphere, that who listen to the album imagine
them there, singing and playing with us" Fernando Dewar said, who added it
was always clear that "These major figures of Latin music would play songs
of the masters to those who have admired all their life, as we also revere all
every day; always wanted that the album was based on shared passion”.
Among the new published songs appears the signature of
prominent Cubans living composers as Rodulfo Vaillant, Alain Pérez and Osnel
The album was recorded between November 2011 and May
2012 at various studios in Santiago de Cuba, New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and
Barcelona. The mastering was done in the 44.1 Studios of Aiguaviva, Girona.