Olavo Alen Rodriguez

From Afrocuban Music to Salsa

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Cuban music is a complex amalgamation of cross-cultural influences: Spanish, African, and more. Therefore, any comprehensive take on this island nation's musical legacy will in itself be multifaceted. Dr. Olavo Alén Rodríguez succeeds in presenting Cuba's sophisticated musical heritage in an accurate though accessible way on From Afrocuban Music to Salsa. From rhumba to son and from danzon to salsa, Rodríguez effectively draws together 26 variegated tracks to make up this unique document. Of the many standout tracks, "Toques y Cantos Yoruba" shines: Its African-grounded 6/8 drumming, call and response vocals, and devout religiosity may just infect you with a desire to dance. "Horchata," the CD's 20th track, is a fascinating example of Cuban brass band music. The central use of a guiro on this track underscores how integral percussion is to the development of this piece and to Cuban music as a whole. Though From Afrocuban Music to Salsa is part historical document and part ethnomusicological treatise (a 180-page book accompanies the CD!), it is above all else a great-sounding compilation.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
2:20
2
2:29
3
2:04
4
feat: Marcha Efi
2:59
5
2:18
6
3:23
7 4:49
8
3:52
9
feat: Grupo Cumbre
3:21
10
feat: Rumbolero
2:29
11
4:19
12
feat: Rumbolero
3:56
13
feat: Lomyde
3:12
14 3:04
15
2:30
16
2:45
17 3:21
18
1:38
19 1:26
20 2:42
21
4:54
22
3:28
23
1:24
24
1:59
25
1:59
26
3:47
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