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Silvio Rodriguez – Sueño de Una Noche de Verano

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A catchy tune, seemingly representative of so many North American studio influences it’s hard to pick them all apart. Opening and closing with a horn flourish worthy of Earth, Wind & Fire, continuing around a popping bass line reminiscent of Fernando Saunders (renowned bassist for Lou Reed). It is almost as if the producer identified the most recognizably glorious elements of the 80’s soft rock/power ballad genre and folded it into this recording.

Orlando “Maraca” Valle – Párraga

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A little Cuban jazz flute for Tuesday morning. It’s a familiar tune, though I can’t say what tourist video or toothpaste commercial in which  I first encountered it.

Silvio Rodriguez – Como Esperando Abril

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Warm summery days, you want some flute music & a 70s-era string track.

Silvio Rodríguez – Sueño con Serpientes

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Havana Cuba’s Silvio Rodríguez here haunts, challenges, creates something gentle and new.

Hay hombres que luchan un día y son buenos,
hay otros que luchan un año y son mejores,
hay quienes luchan muchos años y son muy buenos,
pero hay los que luchan toda la vida
esos son los imprescindibles

– Bertolt Brecht

Abelardo Barroso – El Fantasma del Circo

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King of Son Cubano Abelardo Barroso (y la Sensacion) lining up the riddim in small doses. In the momentarily perfect filmscape that is your life walking fresh-shaven and -shorn out of a white tile barber shop into a hot-not-scorching Havana twilight, this could be your soundtrack:

Besa mujer!

Los Muñequitos De Matanzas – Chacho

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Starts slowly, melodically; but eventually just can’t let up. Los Muñequitos De Matanzas, world-renowned masters of rumba, fill your ears with drums and your feet with rhythms.

Rumbanella Band – El Congo

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I just love this: the echo of the African diaspora in Cuba reaches the shores of West Africa and albums like ‘Rumba Congolaise’ by the Rumbanella Band happen.

Note: All the information I can find about the album Rumba Congolaise indicates this song is titled “El Congo,” not “El Conga” as YouTube OP suggests.

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Originally uploaded by wesh

Made this for self & kids tonight. Lovely stuff…sherry, salt, sweet-acid tomatoes…

Duo Los Ahijados – El Vacilon de Pantaleon

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Dominican-born Cuban son masters Duo Los Ahijados ( Cuco & Martin Valoy) performing ‘El Vacilon de Pantaleon’ from Kubaney Records MT-139.

God damn this song makes me want to shimmy like my sister Kate.