Thursday, February 25, 2010
Jango Song Of The Day-Cubanismo
Album:Mucho Gusto: The Very Best Of Cubanismo
The international success of Cubanismo proves that in the music business, timimg is everything. Group leader, primary songwriter and trumpeter Jesus Alemany was in the right place at the right time and the right person helped make Cubanismo a success. Alemany was a child prodigy in Cuba and at age 16 he joined the legendary band Sierra Maestra. After over a decade, he moved to London and with the help of other Cuban musicians living in England, he arranged a jam session in Paris in 1994. One of those in attendance was Hannibal Records owner and legendary record producer Joe Boyd. He got his start producing Fairport Convention in the 60s. Boyd told Alemany to return to Havana and organize a band, record it and bring him the results. One of the key members of Cubanismo on their first couple of albums was veteran jazz pianist Alfredo Rodriguez. Cubanismo toured to support their 1996 debut and their 1997 follow up Malembe. So they were doing well already but were even more popular after the 1997 film Buena Vista Social Club blew up. So their 1999 CD Reencarnacion was even bigger and Mambo UK was one of their most popular songs. After recording Mardi Gras Mambo in 2000, Cubanismo left Hannibal. This comp covers the Hannibal recordings. Their latest CD Greetings From Havana was released on the Australian label AIM in 2007 and they are still touring. Do you like Cuban music but never heard of them? Here's your chance to check them out. Here's Cubanismo performing Mambo UK.