Monday, January 21, 2008

Birthday Rumba for Gene Golden

(Photo Credit: JERRY LACAY, from the archives of Chico Alvarez)

As part of their occasional "Afro-Latino Café" series, The Brecht Forum is hosting a rumba to celebrate Gene Golden's 68th birthday. He's inviting a lot of friends, so it's shaping up to be a pretty good party.

From the Brecht Forum's website:

Gene Golden has played a key role in the evolution of New York's Latin music scene for the past four decades. He was one of the first African Americans to study and master Afrocuban religious and popular drumming styles, pushing cultural and musical boundaries. Gene virtually embodies the idea of Afro/Latin fusion. He is devoted to passing these traditions on, and is recognized as a generous, caring and inspiring teacher. Please join us to celebrate one of our elders!

Sunday January 27th (Gene's birthday is actually the 26th, but you know, rumbas always start late...) 5pm-9pm at the Brecht Forum 451 West Street (aka West Side Highway) between Bank and Bethune streets. Also check out the Brecht's site for dates of more rumbas in this series.

UPDATE: The party was a success, everyone had a great time, here is a clip of Gene and Felix Sanabria trading quinto licks:

6 comments:

Ralph said...

Barry...your killing me!!!!! if only i wasn't so far...hey man you think you can get someone to take some video?

Barry said...

I have a feeling there will definitely be video...

ralph said...

Thanks for sharing the clip, its been a while since I've seen Felix play, it looks like they were just having a good time...

Renegade Eye said...

Really incredible blog.

lautaro said...

Whos the second one singing? I recognize that voice, its great.

Anonymous said...

The first singer is Chino who sings with Raices Habaneras. The second singer is Angel Guerrero, who did the Abakua recording Ibiono.