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:

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Cancionero Rumbero now online

It's not perfect but it is the best we can do at the moment, and
hopefully with your help it will get better:

Add your corrections in "comments."

Send in new lyrics to:

Click on "Show Index" for a more-or-less alphabetical listing.

Thanks to Patricio and Philip for their invaluable and tireless help with this project.


Conjunto Folklórico Nacional: El Papalote

Happy New Year all.

Just doing a little house cleaning. I had uploaded this to youtube a while back but never got around to putting it up.

It's a rumba mimetica or ("mime rumba" or rumba de tiempo España) from Conjunto Folklórico. I love the way Candito Zayas sings it. Enjoy.

Solista: ¡Cómo se empina el papalote! (How the kite rises!)
Coro: Dándole vueltas al monigote (Turning the spool)