Septetos Cubanos

Sones De Cuba

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Although the U.S. embargo keeps much traditional and contemporary Cuban music from reaching these shores, bits and pieces still make it, thanks to labels like Corazon. They have recently issued a two-disc set of modern son music by Septetos Cubanos. Son is an invigorating, rigorous form with chanting, multiple beats and textures and layered vocals with brass and guitar support. Fans of Latin jazz may find the vocals disconcerting, but if you are really interested in international music, these discs will prove fascinating.

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