Pedro Speck

Changui

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Changui is the acoustic cousin of son, a rougher style of dance music that evokes the smaller towns and villages of Cuba, as opposed to the brassy mambo style made popular in the big cities. These live field recordings by two fine bands offer a delicious taste of this exciting style. Groove to the polyrhythms of Grupo Changui on "Chubi Chubi" or the calypso flavors of Estrellas Campesinas on "Hoy es la Dia."

Producers Dita Sullivan and Harold G. Hagopian were wise to capture the music live rather than canning its spirit in the studio, and the result is a vibrant document.

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