Untitled Document Cuban Music Jam Session

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genres:  Chachachá, Son, Bembé, Batarumba, Conga
video type: 
68 Minutes
Havana, Cuba
Boogalu Productions

Descarga Pi-Mozambi-Son
is a series of eight music sessions that reflect the depth and beauty of popular and folkloric Cuban music, as well as featuring new inventive forms

Descarga in Spanish means to unload. The tradition of descarga in Cuba is about unloading creatively in music - a special form where musicians can improvise and interact with more freedom. To this end, descargas often have stripped down arrangements of a repeating melody line, strong bass, and percussion. With this rhythmic groove solid, individual musicians have permission to solo, invent, and stretch out.

In the spirit of descarga, a group of exceptional Cuban musicians assembled under the leadership of Santiago "Chaguito" Garzón, the former musical director of “Rumberos de Cuba” and "Clave Y Guaguancó. For this project Chaguito invited a group of longtime friends, many from his native Guantánamo. Included are musicians from such legendary groups as Conjunto Chappottín y Sus Estrellas, Orquesta Sublime, and Pachito Alonso y Sus Kini Kini.

Descargas on the DVD
Bailalo Mi Negra - chachachá
Estrellas Del Son - son
Pi-Mozambi-Son - mix of rhythms in pilón, mozambique, and son
Ogún Guerrero Tumbaloya - bembé guantanamero
Timba Para Changó - batarumba
Tremendo Descargón - son montuno
Guarapacha-Son - mix of rumba guarapachangeo and son
A Paso Firme de Aqui Pa'Ya - conga

Santiago "Chaguito" Garzón - percussion/voice
former musical director of Clave y Guaguancó & Rumberos de Cuba

Melquiades Fundora Dina - wooden flute
Orquesta Sublime (founding member 1956)

Tomás "Panga" Ramos - congas
Pupy y Los Que Son Son, Buena Vista Social Club Alumni, Cubanismo, Paulito FG

Armando Fuentes Silega - bass
Conjunto Chappottín y Sus Estrellas

Angel Laborí Hernández - piano
Conjunto Chappottín y Sus Estrellas

Juan Carlos Tito Rojas - trumpet
Pachito Alonso y Sus Kini Kini

Alberto Muguercia Ramos - timbales/voice
Grupo Reyes 73

Esconodio Padilla Pérez - tres/voice
Grupo Tradición 2000

Luis Enrique "Kiki" Romero - bongo/voice
Grupo Caña Santa

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