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¡Cubanismo! (The Kennedy Center)


¡Cubanismo! is a journey to the dancing heart of Latin music. A 15-piece orchestra of Cuban all-stars showcases the bright tropical blasts of Cuba’s hottest dance music. Led by Jesús Alemañy, the brilliant young trumpeter formerly of Sierra Maestra, the band features famed conguero "Tata" Güines and several stars from leading Cuban dance bands including Irakere and others. Together, they punch out an irresistible blend of freewheeling dance tunes, traditional rumba, cha-cha, son, and lesser known danzon and pa’ca rhythms, composed by various members of Alemañy’s band and arranged in the descarga (jam) tradition developed by Cuban jazz players of the ‘40s. The expression cubanismo designates something specifically Cuban, or unique to the island and not common to the general Spanish culture of Latin America.


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