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Buena Vista Social Club - 2006 - Rhythms Del Mundo (Cuba)

Rhythms del Mundo is a nonprofit collaborative album, which fuses an all-star cast of Cuban musicians including Ibrahim Ferrer and Omara Portuondo of the Buena Vista Social Club with tracks from US, UK and Irish artists such as Dido, Arctic Monkeys, U2, Coldplay, Sting, Jack Johnson, Maroon 5, Franz Ferdinand, Kaiser Chiefs and others. A follow-up album, Rhythms del Mundo Classics, was released in 2009.

The main recording sessions took place in Havana at Abdala Studios from April 2005 to June 2006 and mixed at Lazy Moon Studios (UK). While the majority of the vocals remain the same, the musicians of the Buena Vista Social Club reworked the original orchestration from each song and created something utterly unique, casting their trademark mastery over each track. Rhythms Del Mundo includes restructured tracks such as “Clocks” by Coldplay, “Better Together” by Jack Johnson, “She Will Be Loved” by Maroon 5, “High and Dry” by Radiohead, “Dancing Shoes” by Arctic Monkeys and “Modern Way” by Kaiser Chiefs, as well as other popular songs.

Rhythms Del Mundo also includes music by famed Cuban singers Omara Portuondo and the last vocal recording of Afro-Cuban bolero singer, Ibrahim Ferrer, who died in 2005. The other Cuban musicians from The Buena Vista Social Club who perform on this album are as follows: Barbarito Torres, Amadito Valdés, Virgilio Valdes, Angel Terri Domech, Manuel “Guajiro” Mirabal, Orlando Lopez ‘Cachaito’ and Demetrio Muniz. This project is the brainchild and concept of Kenny Young and the Berman Brothers. They produced the 16 new original recordings on the CD.

Track List:

  1. Clocks (Feat. Coldplay) (05:01)
  2. Better Together (Feat. Jack Johnson) (03:26)
  3. Dancing Shoes (Feat. Arctic Monkeys) (02:29)
  4. One Step Too Far (Feat. Dido And Faithless) (03:17)
  5. As Time Goes By (Feat. Ibrahim Ferrer) (03:08)
  6. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For (Feat. Coco Freeman & U2) (04:52)
  7. She Will Be Loved (Feat. Maroon 5) (04:02)
  8. Modern Way (Feat. Kaiser Chiefs) (03:55)
  9. Killing Me Softly (Feat.omara Portuondo) (04:27)
  10. Ai No Corrida (Feat. Vanya Borges & Quincy Jones) (04:28)
  11. Fragilidad (Feat.sting) (04:16)
  12. Don’t Know Why (Feat. Vanya Borges) (03:10)
  13. Hotel Buena Vista (Feat. Aquila Rose & Idana Valdes) (03:36)
  14. Dark Of The Matinee (Feat. Coco Freeman & Franz Ferdinand) (03:56)
  15. High And Dry (Feat. El Lele De Los Van Van & Radiohead) (05:01)
  16. Casablanca (As Time Goes By) (Feat. Ibrahim And Omara) (03:10)

Duration : 72:15 | Bitarte : 320 kBit/s | Year : 2006 | Size : 135 mb

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Buena Vista Social Club

Buena Vista Social Club is a studio album by Cuban bandleader and musician Juan de Marcos González and American guitarist Ry Cooder with traditional Cuban musicians, released September 16, 1997 on World Circuit Records. The album was produced by Cooder who travelled to Cuba to record sessions with the musicians, many of whom were previously largely unknown outside Cuba. The musicians and the songs were later also featured in a documentary film of the same name. The music featured on the album was inspired by the Buena Vista Social Club, a membership club that was at its height during the 1940s and 1950s. Many of the musicians performing on the record were either former performers at the club or were prominent Cuban musicians during the era of the club’s existence. Other younger musicians on the record trace their musical roots back to pre-revolutionary Cuban music, mainly the famous Havana musical scene of the 1950s.

Buena Vista Social Club earned considerable critical praise and has received numerous accolades from several music writers and publications. In 2003, the album was ranked number 260 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, one of only two albums on the list to be produced in a non-English speaking country.

Chan Chan“, the first song on the album, is a Cuban song composition by Compay Segundo, revolving around two central characters, Juanita and Chan Chan. The song was one of Compay’s last compositions and was written in 1987. “Chan Chan” had already been recorded by Segundo himself various times.

El cuarto de Tula” was composed by Gonzales Y Siaba Sergio Eulogio(1916–1989). It is sung by Eliades Ochoa with Ibrahim Ferrer and Manuel “Puntillita” Licea joining Ochoa in an extended descarga (jam) section improvising lyrics. Barbarito Torres plays a frenetic lute solo towards the end of the track. Timbales are played by the 13 year old Julienne Oviedo Sánchez. The song is featured in the film “Training Day” (2001).

Dos gardenias” is a bolero sung by Ibrahim Ferrer. The song was written by Isolina Carillo in the 1930s and became a huge success in the 1940s. The song was chosen for the album after Cooder heard Ferrer and Rubén González improvising the melody before a recording session. Ferrer learned the song whilst playing with Cuban bandleader Beny Moré.

Y Tu Que Has Hecho” was written 1920s by Eusebio Delfín and features his friend Compay Segundo on tres and vocals. Segundo was traditionally a “second voice” singer providing a baritone counterpoint harmony. On the Buena Vista Social Club recording of “Y Tu Que Has Hecho?”, he multitracks both voices. The song also features a duet between Segundo on tres and Ry Cooder on guitar.

Veinte años” is a bolero written by María Teresa Vera and is sung on the Buena Vista album by the only female in the ensemble, Omara Portuondo with Segundo providing baritone.
El carretero” is a guajira (country lament) sung by Eliades Ochoa with the full ensemble providing additional instruments and backing vocals.

Candela” is a popular song written by Faustino Oramas with lyrics rich with sexual innuendo. On the album it is sung by Ibrahim Ferrer who improvises vocal lines throughout the track, and the whole ensemble perform an extended descarga.

The title track, “Buena Vista Social Club“, was written by bass player Cachaíto’s father, Orestes López.The song spotlighted the piano work of Rubén González and it was recorded after Cooder heard González improvising around the tune’s musical theme before a day’s recording session. After playing the tune, González explained to Cooder the history of the social club and that the song was the club’s “mascot tune”.

When searching for a name for the overall project, manager Nick Gold chose the song’s title. According to Cooder, “It should be the thing that sets it apart. It was a kind of club by then. Everybody was hanging out and we had rum and coffee around two in the afternoon. It felt like a club, so let’s call it that. That’s what gave it a handle.”

Members :

  • Luis Barzaga (backing vocals)
  • Joachim Cooder (drums)
  • Ry Cooder (guitar)
  • Juan de Marcos González (guitar, vocals, percussion)
  • Manuel Galbán (guitar)
  • Carlos González (bongos)
  • Manuel “Guajiro” Mirabal (trumpet)
  • Eliades Ochoa (vocals, guitar)
  • Julienne Oviedo Sanchez (timbales)
  • Omara Portuondo (vocals)
  • Barbarito Torres (laúd)
  • Amadito Valdés (percussion)
  • Alberto “Virgilio” Valdés (percussion)
  • Lázaro Villa (vocals, percussion)

Track List:

  1. Chan Chan (04:18)
  2. De Camino a La Vereda (05:04)
  3. El Cuarto de Tula (07:26)
  4. Pueblo Nuevo (06:07)
  5. Dos Gardenias (03:04)
  6. Y Tu Que Has Hecho (03:15)
  7. Veinte Anos (03:32)
  8. El Carretero (03:30)
  9. Candela (05:29)
  10. Amor de Loca Juventud (03:23)
  11. Orgullecida (03:19)
  12. Murmullo (03:52)
  13. Buena Vista Social Club (04:53)
  14. La Bayamesa (02:55)

Duration : 60:07 | Bitarte : 320 kBit/s | Year : 1997 | Size : 128 mb

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Omara Portuondo - 2004 - Flor De Amor

Omara Portuondo Peláez (b. Havana, 29 October 1930) is a Cuban singer and dancer whose career has spanned over half a century. She was one of the original members of the Cuarteto d’Aida, and returned to perform with The Buena Vista Social Club ensemble.

Omara Portuondo

BBC Review:

Omara Portuondo made her solo debut for World Circuit in 2000, three years after her show-stealing cameo with Compay Segundo singing ‘Veinte Años’ on the block-busting Buena Vista Social Club album.
Her solo career actually dates back to 1959 and she’s done numerous records, but only World Circuit have given The ‘Buena Vista sista’ the red carpet treatment and lush settings she really deserves.

Buena Vista Social Club presents Omara Portuondo found her in the very capable hands of musical director Demetrio Muñiz and was a tough act to follow. This time around, World Circuit founder and producer Nick Gold has chosen to work with Muñiz again as well as Brazilian producer Alê Siquiera, known for his work with Carlinhos Brown and Caetano Veloso. Once more, the songs are mostly vintage pieces from the Great Cuban Songbook.

The closing ‘Casa Calor’ is a strangely stirring retro-futurist offering by Brown, which sounds almost like it might have fallen off the track-listing from last year’s wonderful joint album by Ry Cooder and Manuel Galbán. The former Los Zafiros guitarist maintains an uncharacteristically discreet presence on rhythm guitar throughout much of ‘Flor de Amor’, even though both ‘Hermosa Habana’ and ‘He venido a decirte’ (one of Omara’s finest vocals) were originally performed by Los Zafiros.

It’s the guitars and their relations that really shine, most notably in the solo by Brazilian player Swami Jr. on the upbeat ‘Mueve la cintura mulato’. There’s a touch of laoud from Barbaríto Torres, and plenty of subtle licks from Irakere’s electric guitarists Carlos Emilio and Jorge Chicoy.

Lastly, tres player Papi Oviedo, (who’s been an entertaining live sidekick for the singer in recent years) backs her alone, and very tastefully, on ‘Amorosa Guajira’. It’s a sharp contrast with the sweeping strings and cooing backing vocals that feature in most of the other lush arrangements, along with plenty of demurely noodling clarinet by Javier Zalba.

Though she’s capable of Shirley Bassey-style belters, the focus is on the more intimate aspect of Omara’s work, with danzones, boleros, and guajiras dominating the fourteen tracks.

Maybe it’s the lack of duets, the absence of the late great Rubén González, the material or its sequencing, but somehow, gorgeous as it is, ‘Flor de Amor’ isn’t quite as memorable as its predecessor. That said, this is still one of the finest Cuban albums you’ll hear this year.

Jack Smith (2004-03-25)

Track List:
1  –  Tabu (04:20)
2  –  Amor De Mis Amores (03:24)
3  –  Alma De Roca (03:35)
4  –  Mueve La Cintura Mulato (03:35)
5  –  Junto A Un Canaveral (03:30)
6  –  Hermosa Habana (03:48)
7  –  El Madrugador (03:33)
8  –  Amorosa Guajira (02:24)
9  –  Habanera Ven (03:28)
10 –  Si Llego A Besarte (03:19)
11 –  Flor De Amor (03:06)
12 –  Juramento (03:23)
13 –  He Venido A Decirte (03:49)
14 –  Casa Calor (04:08)

Duration : 49:22 | Bitarte : 320 kBit/s | Year : 2004 | Size : 115 mb

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