RUMBA EN LA HABANA CON… YORUBA ANDABO

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Personnel:
Geovanni del Pino, Miguel Chappottín, Juan Campos, Regla Monet, Felipe Santiago Abreu, Juan Carlos Sierra, Reinier Mariño y su Grupo

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Among the hierarchies of Afro-Cuban music, Yoruba Andabo enjoys a special sovereignty in and outside of Cuba. The first seed that gave life to this group was sown in 1961 at the docks of Havana, the birthplace of legendary rumberos. The groups name combines two words: Yoruba, the great southern motherland of African nations and cultures, and Andabo, which in the Carabalí language means friend, follower, or admirer.

Through their work, the group has imposed a distinctive hallmark, and even more challenging, they have found style in purity. The goal that drives the efforts of Yoruba Andabo is the libertarian incorporation of everything that surrounds, adorns, and approximates tradition, absent of vice or purist digressions.

No other group could have achieved such brilliance and cohesion in presenting this view of our singable and danceable physiognomy: chants, devotion, dance, and the beauty of life. Here hot, sensual rumba, guaguancó, toque de santo, song, Abakuá and Congolese chants, and communication with the dead converge. They signify the pieces of history of a country forged in a melting pot of races and encounters with other cultures.

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Future Classic: Yoruba Andabo “La Gozadera”

 

The first gem of this series is a group called Yoruba Andabo (Rough translation: Followers of the Yoruba Culture) who have been on the Cuban Music Scene for a while now and are important pioneers in popularizing Rumba rhythms. Rumba is an Afro-Cuban rhythm that’s been around for generations now was often considered a more traditional sound that the youth didn’t really interact with as much. Yoruba Andabo has changed that in Cuba, these days you can ask any 17 year-old if they have Yoruba Andabo on their mp3 and they’ll probably reply that they have every album. Don’t get me wrong they in no way altered the original rhythms to satisfy the younger crowds if anything I think it’s just the thriving energy and relevant lyrics that brought people of all ages to feel connected with their sound.

My favorite track right now is La Gozadera, which was the first piece my brother introduced me to. It honestly doesn’t matter where I am, what I’m doing or who I’m with, if you put on that track my heart automatically starts to follow the beating of the drums, the voices grip my guts, my hips are swaying and my body is taking shapes I never knew existed. You know how they say that real happiness comes after hard times, that’s exactly what this track feels like to me; the blazing sun after the storm. If you struggled in your life you’ll know exactly what I mean.

Be sure to search for more of their stuff online, it’s a little harder to encounter than most but well worth the effort.

via Future Classic: Yoruba Andabo “La Gozadera” | Music Is My Sanctuary

Dominican Merengue, Cuban Rumba Named Cultural Heritages of Humanity – NBC News

 

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Dominican Merengue, Cuban Rumba Named Cultural Heritages of Humanity
by ERICKA N. HERNANDEZ
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If you love the wonderful beat of merengue music or the sounds of Cuban rumba, you’ll be happy to know they’re considered worldwide cultural treasures.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) added both musical genres to their Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list.

“Dominican merengue plays an active role in many areas of daily life of the population’s education, social and friendly gatherings, festive events and even political campaigns”, declared UNESCO during its most recent annual meeting, as EFE reports. “Merengue attracts people of different social classes, which helps promote respect and coexistence among individuals, groups and communities,” states UNESCO on its website.

Cuban rumba “evokes a sense of grace, sensuality and joy that aims to connect people, regardless of their social and economic background, gender or ethnicity,” UNESCO states. “The practice of rumba in Cuba has been transmitted over generations by imitation within families and neighborhood.”

World famous merengue artists include Johnny Ventura, Miriam Cruz, Juan Luis Guerra, Los Toros Band and the Queen of Merengue, Milly Quezada.

Rumba artists that have helped established their popularity include Celia Cruz, Alberto Zayas, Carlos “Patato” Veldes, Pancho Quinto and Francisco Aguabella.

Merengue, of Afro-Caribbean origin, became more known after the late Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo promoted the musical genre around the country.

Rumba, with its rhythmic drumming and elaborate dancing, also traces back to African culture. It developed during the 19th century in cities such as Havana and Matanzas as well as in rural areas where Afro-Cubans lived.

via Dominican Merengue, Cuban Rumba Named Cultural Heritages of Humanity – NBC News

Cuba Aspires to Include Rumba at UNESCO Heritage List

Cuba Aspires to Include Rumba at UNESCO Heritage List
Paris, Nov 14 (Prensa Latina) Cuba is expecting UNESCO to include ”rumba” in its list – Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, during the forthcoming meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee on the issue, diplomatic sources said today.

According to the information provided to Prensa Latina by the Havana delegation at UNESCO, the event scheduled from November 28th to December 2nd in Ethiopia will decide on the inclusion of rumba as ‘a festive mixture of music and dance, and associated practices’.

UNESCO recognizes the value of rumba as an expressive style of music and dance that rests on forms of verbal communication (vocal singing and sounds) and non-verbal communication (gestures and body language).

Practiced in family circles, with neighbors and in communities in festive and religious events, rumba ‘mixes tradition and contemporaneity and promotes feelings of self-esteem and belonging among its practitioners,’ the text says.

‘It also brings together individuals of all sexes, social class, geographical origin or religious beliefs, reinforcing social cohesion, mutual respect and favoring harmonious relationships between individuals and communities.’

‘It highlights the diverse origin of rumba, with African, Spanish and African-Caribbean roots, which helps promoting respect for cultural diversity and human creativity.’

The 11th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection of the Intangible Cultural Heritage will begin in Addis Ababa in late November. It will analyze Cuba’s candidacy and other proposals from many countries.

via Cuba Aspires to Include Rumba at UNESCO Heritage List

Yoruba Andabo, the roots of Afro-Cuban music – Havana Music School

If we want to talk about the popular traditions of Cuban music, we have to talk about Yoruba Andabo.
This musical group is an example of versatility and authenticity in the representation of Cuban musical diversity.
“Working and create, that’s what we lose sleep. I think that we only end with the death. You can see that every Cuban will move his foot when he hears a Cuban conga”. – Geovani del Pino, Director

via Yoruba Andabo, the roots of Afro-Cuban music – Havana Music School

Yoruba Andabo – Rumba en la Habana con… – virtualWOMEX

via Yoruba Andabo – Rumba en la Habana con… – virtualWOMEX

Among the hierarchies of Afro-Cuban music, Yoruba Andabo enjoys a special sovereignty in and outside of Cuba. The first seed that gave life to this group was sown in 1961 at the docks of Havana, the birthplace of legendary rumberos. The group’s name combines two words: Yoruba, the great southern motherland of African nations and cultures, and Andabo, which in the Carabalí language means friend, follower, or admirer.

Through their work, the group has imposed a distinctive hallmark, and even more challenging, they have found style in purity. The goal that drives the efforts of Yoruba Andabo is the libertarian incorporation of everything that surrounds, adorns, and approximates tradition, absent of vice or purist digressions.

No other group could have achieved such brilliance and cohesion in presenting this view of our singable and danceable physiognomy: chants, devotion, dance, and the beauty of life. Here hot, sensual rumba, guaguancó, toque de santo, song, Abakuá and Congolese chants, and communication with the dead converge. They signify the pieces of history of a country forged in a melting pot of races and encounters with other cultures.

Festival of Cuban music and dance “Havana in Belgrade” brings the biggest names in Cuban music and dance scene. РТС :: Врели ритам Кубе стиже у Београд!

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For the sixth consecutive year, the Festival of Cuban music and dance “Havana in Belgrade” brings the biggest names in Cuban music and dance scene. During the four days of the festival, from 10 to 13 November, the Serbian capital will feel the spirit of Cuba through concerts, show-performances, dance workshops, parties. Boiling rhythms of Cuba is coming to Belgrade! This year’s edition of the festival “Havana en Belgrado”, which is held in the Student Cultural Centre, DKC “Majdan” and the Center for Urban Culture, will have two big concerts. Comes the best Cuban rumba band in the world “Yoruba Andaba”. With previous editions of the festival “Havana in Belgrade” Dance Dance Workshops program of the festival consists of workshops Cuban dances, during the two days of the festival, in several dance halls. This year will be workshops on dance and the band will play traditional Cuban music. It is a part of “Okilakua”, which comes from France and is led by singer Marta Galaraga, one of the greatest voices of the Cuban rumba. Their live performances are undisputed, show that watching and listening, top musicians and dancers in traditional costumes – the true spirit of Cuba on the scene. On the second day of the festival, the world-famous band that has existed for more than fifty years and has spawned the biggest names in Cuban music scene – “Elito Reve y Su CHARANGON”. Seventeen top musicians who live sound perfectly, bringing hot energy of the capital of Serbia. During the four days of the festival will be organized parties where the music will play a DJ Javier, DJ El Gato Volador, DJ Leo D’Kuba. For years, the “Havana in Belgrade” festival organized by a team of world champions of salsa “Havana Belgrado”, in terms of quality and energy is one of the best in Europe. This is evidenced by a large number of visitors from France, England, Polish, Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Greece, Croatian, Montenegro. Not only are Cuban music and culture performances Belgrade, but also the city in the best light to present to all who come and spend four unforgettable days.

MEMORABLE PRESENTACION DE YORUBA ANDABO EN EL HELSINKI!

 MEMORABLE PRESENTACION DE YORUBA ANDABO EN EL HELSINKI.

Mas de medio millar de asistente, jovenes en su mayoria, disfrutaron del vibrante espectaculo de la legendaria agrupacion rumbera.
Antes del cierre el publico aplaudio y bailo el nuevo tema, estrenado en este Tour Europeo, cuyo titulo es Yoruba Andabo “Un estilo diferente.”
El climax ocurrio ya a la media noche con la interpretacion a coro con el publico fines del mundialmente hit de la banda, La Gozadera, conocido tambien como Ponte pa’ lo tuyo.

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Soy de la Tierra Brava

MEMORABLE PRESENTATION OF YORUBA ANDABO IN HELSINKI.

More than five hundred fans, mostly young, vibrant enjoyed the spectacle of the legendary rumba group.
Before closing the public applauded and danced the new song, released in this European Tour, whose title is Yoruba Andabo “Un estilo diferente.”
The climax already occurred at midnight with the interpretation in chorus with the audience end of the world hit of the band, The Gozadera, also known as “Ponte pa’ lo tuy.”

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