Orquesta Akokán, a big band with members split between New York and Cuba, are a musical catchall for culture, history, and genre. These players have worked with Chucho Valdés, Irakere, Los Van Van, and other historically hefty groups, and in Akokán they traffic in vivid music that draws on a brassy combination of mambo, jazz, […]
The sessions for Orquesta Akokán’s stellar debut album were organized in Havana by a pair of Afro-Cuban music lovers from New York.
The remarkable Cuban pianist and Buena Vista Social Club member Roberta Fonseca comes into his polystylistic own with his latest album Yo.
Late, great Cuban guitarist Manuel Galbán deserved better for his final album
The son revivalists visit Millennium Park for a free show tonight and the Mayne Stage for a ticketed show on Friday.
Omara Portuondo and the Buena Vista Social Club make a belated return to the city on Saturday night.
Orlando “Cachao” Lopez dies; a recent anthology of his music explores his pioneering descargas.
A new reissue from Generoso “Tojo” Jimenez tops a slew of new Cuban titles from the vaults of Egrem Records.
Locals sign to Matador; a Cuban conguero dead at 45.
Years before Ry Cooder’s marketable name sparked the current American craze for Cuban music, producer Nick Gold of World Circuit Records was laying the groundwork, releasing great records like the 1994 album ÁDundunbanza! by the wonderful son revival group Sierra Maestra. That band’s musical director at the time, tres player Juan de Marcos Gonzalez, would […]