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Putumayo releases third Cuban music album Cafe Cubano

Posted May 26, 2008 by publisher in Cuba Culture.
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On May 27th, Putumayo World Music will release Café Cubano, a captivating collection that will transport listeners to the charming cafes of this musically-rich Caribbean island. This album features a selection of exceptional performers who have incorporated Cuba’s diverse musical traditions and distinctive styles into their music.

Several of the songs feature influences from the “nueva trova” movement,in which lyrical poetry is joined with Pan-American folk traditions. Others remain true to the sultry guajiras, romantic boleros and traditional sones which were the underpinning of the renowned Buena Vista Social Club recordings.

1. José Cónde y Ola Fresca - El Chacal (Cuba/USA)
2. Ignacio “Mazacote” Carrillo - Lágrimas Negras (Cuba)
3. Pedro Luis Ferrer featuring Lena Ferrer - Ay, Mi Vidita (Cuba)
4. Rene Ferrer - Como A Cada Mañana (Cuba)
5. La Orquesta Mágica De La Habana - Morenita (Cuba)
6. German Obregón - Pincel Campesino (Cuba)
7. Armando Garzón - Escándalo (Cuba)
8. Asere - Corazón (Cuba)
9. Félix Baloy - Después de Esta Noche (Cuba)
10. Kelvis Ochoa - Fue Una de Mambo (Cuba)

While many of these artists are legends at home,the collection includes several who are virtually unknown outside of Cuba. Pedro Luis Ferrer has been writing and performing since the mid 1960’s and remains an inspiration for younger generations of musicians. Félix Baloy came to fame in the 1970s as the lead vocalist for Son 14, Orquesta Revé and other seminal ensembles. Armando Garzón, the Cuban-based tenor known by many as “The Black Angel with the Velvet Voice” specializes in the romantic ballads of the 1950s.

The collection also features seven other noteworthy musicians who record and perform Cuban music in Havana and beyond. Café Cubano is the follow up to Putumayo’s best-selling album, Cuba, and is the third release in Putumayo’s successful Café series which also includes French Café and Italian Café.


Captivating Cuban guajiras, trovas, sones and boleros will transport you to the charming cafes of this musically rich island.

For more information on this and other Putumayo releases, visit Puntamayo.com

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