"Con cuatro hierros, y cuatro palos, formamos una rumba que no cree nadie!"
I always loved Alberto Zayas' intro to this all-too brief clip of Clave y Guaguancó from Sara Gómez's 1967 documentary "...y tenemos sabor."
This must have been filmed shortly after the group was reunited in 1960 by Argelier León. They are finishing up singing Calixto Callava's classic "Guaguancó Sabroso." A great "solar" setting, rumba de cajones (note the spoons on the cajita for the "guagua") and excellent dancing make this a classic.
I find it interesting that the man playing the claves introduces the coro, but then Miguel Angel "Aspirina" Mesa takes up the inspirations. Miguel Angel Mesa's distinctive voice can be heard most recently on the Rapsodia Rumbera vol 1 and can be seen on Boogalu Production's excellent video "Rumbón Tropical."
One thing I am curious about, maybe someone can help me out: There was a woman who sang with Clave y Guaguancó back then, I think that is her to Miguel Angel's right, behind the caja player. Anyone know her name or anything else about her? Could it be Gloria Mora? She must be one of the great unsung women in rumba history. I've only seen her doing coros though.
This clip is followed by a comparsa sequence.
You can download a high-quality mp4 (58.5MB) of this file from rapidshare here.