Beat Latino with Catalina Maria Johnson

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The idea of a new Cuba-US era of rapproachement has me thinking a lot about the Cuban music I love. So, this week’s #beatlatino shares some of my favorite 100% Cubano music, created from within Cuba. Of course, it would be impossible to do the topic justice in one hour, so please consider this is just a sampler of some of my favorites, in celebration of having more and more access to the amazing music created by this island–just 90 miles away–that has for too a time been out of our reach. ¡Viva Cuba!

Feature photo: Pedro Luis Ferrer, Courtesy of the Artist

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
100% Cubano Pedro Luis Ferrer Pedro Luis Ferrer, música libre, demos. Carapacho Productions 1994 02:57:00
Esto Te Pone la Cabeza Mala Los Van Van WOMEXimizer 13. Caribe Productions Inc. 1997 04:07:00
08 Llama de amor viva XX XX. XX 0 04:11:00
Danzas Afro-Cubanas: La Comparsa Ernesto Lecuona LECUONA: Complete Piano Music, Vol. 3. RCA Gold Seal 1997 02:15:00
Son Cubano (Yo soy El Son Cubano) Mario Baúza 12/91 Tanga 7/29/92. Timba Records 2005 05:32:00
El Punto Cubano/ Lagrimas Negras todacosta & Marcelo Araja Osorio Cuba. Azzurra 2001 06:17:00
Ritmo En La Habana Conjunto Senen Suarez Mambo Cubano The Gold Collection. C.R. Digital Contents 2011 02:41:00
Manisero Cuarteto Tiempo Cigar Music- Tobacco Songs From Old Havana. Traditional Crossroads 1996 04:01:00
Castellano Francisco Del Río, X Alfonso Homenaje. XX 0 02:30:00
Habanera (Barbito Torres Y Su Piquete Cubano) Varios Cuba Le Canta A Serrat Vol. 2 – CD 2. DiscMedi S.A 2009 04:17:00
Espirituales Cubanos Merceditas Valdés – Grupo Yoruba Andabo Aché IV. Ergrem 1995 09:07:00
Silencio (bolero) Ibrahim Ferrer &Omara Proudhon Buenavista Social Club presents Ibrahim Ferrer. Nonesuch 2004 04:39:00
Canto A La Habana Pablo Milanés Renacimiento. Universal Latino 2013 03:51:00
Las Calles De La Habana Los Papines Los Papines Siguen OK. Egrem 2004 04:50:00
Cuba Va (Pablo Milanés – Noel Nicola – Silvio Rodriguez) Grupo De Expirmentación Sonora ICAIC Cuba Va! Songs Of The New Generation Of Revolutionary Cuba. Paredon Records 1971 03:02:00
Mail Cuba AfroCubism AfroCubism (+digital booklet). Nonesuch 2012 05:35:00

 

Feature photo: Pedro Luis Ferrer, courtesy of the artist