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Cuba Now
Various Artists
Cuba Now
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop, Latin Music
 
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Eleven tracks give an overview of four very vital and popular acts in Cuba Now. NG La Banda, probably the most modern sounding group are represented by three big hits, all with their trademark funky orchestrations a la ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Cuba Now
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Blue Note Records
Original Release Date: 6/30/1998
Release Date: 6/30/1998
Genres: World Music, Jazz, Pop, Latin Music
Styles: Caribbean & Cuba, Cuba, Latin Jazz, Latin Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 724349315624

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Eleven tracks give an overview of four very vital and popular acts in Cuba Now. NG La Banda, probably the most modern sounding group are represented by three big hits, all with their trademark funky orchestrations a la Earth, Wind and Fire, although they also incorporate Bomba, Soca, and Funk in arrangements around classic rhythms like the Guaganco. Also at the edge of what's happening in Cuba are Los Van Van, their similarly modern approach highlighted with three recent successes. Their contemporary big band edge is enriched by violins, echoing the septeto tipicos, and references to Santeria dieties. Major star Manolin, with an almost Brazilian softness to his vocals, also incorporates funk bass elements; included is his milestone "La Bola." Pianist Adalberto Alvarez has a couple of lively Eastern Cuban and Soca flavored songs completing a taste of Modern Cuba still well informed by its traditions. --Derek Rath

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Great Selection of Cuban Music
05/21/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If listening to this collection can't put a smile on your face, you're in need of psychiatric help. Whether you're new to this type of music and want to get a sampler, or already have a decent collection of this stuff, you should not miss this. I particularly liked the vocal work by NG la Banda in the song "La Apertadora.""