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