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Archive for September, 2010

Tributo a Cachao KPFA FM; & "Cachao: Uno Mas" on PBS TV

20 Sep

From the Radio Cuba Canta archives in honor of the recent birthday of Israel López Cachao (14 September 1918 – 22 March 2008) and the Television premiere of the documentary film, Cachao: Uno Mas, on PBS’ American Masters on September 20, 2010 (check local listings)

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(note: the program includes KPFA‘s own Luis Medina!)

Broadcast veteran and Cuban music historian Emiliano Echeverria offers a retrospective tribute to the life and music of Cachao, with rare and classic tracks featuring his Danzones and Mambos to Descargas and experimental recordings, with groups from Arcano y su Maravillas, Chico O’Farrill, the Tito Rodriguez Orchestra, Walfredo de los Reyes with Louie Bellson, and Patato & Totico with Arsenio Rodriguez; as well as with Issac Delgado, his collaborations with his brother Orestes, and his own recordings.

Produced and hosted by Emiliano Echeverria
Associate producers: Ron Flores and Clay Leander – aka “CTone
Community Calendar produced by

Original Broadcast: March 22, 2008
KPFA 94.1 FM – San Francisco Bay & Northern California
KPFB 89.3 FM – Berkeley
KFCF 88.1 FM – Fresno

Listen NOW:
Radio Cuba Canta – March 22, 2008

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Radio Cuba Canta – March 22, 2008

More about  Cachao in San Francisco:

Cachao maintained a beautiful relationship with the San Francisco Bay community, where in 1989 he was a featured guest at the San Francisco Jazz Festival for the concert event, La Evolucion de la Musica Afro-Cubana featuring colleagues and collaborators including Alfredo “Chocolate” Armenteros, Orestes Vilató, Armando Peraza, Walfredo de los Reyes, and Carlos Santana, presented by John Santos and the Machete Ensemble and Coro Folklorico Kindembo.

Renown Cuban-American actor Andy Garcia, in town while working on the film Godfather III was in attendance that evening, met Cachao, and the rest is history: the two would work together on a number of projects over the years, including the film “Como Un Ritmo No Hay Dos“, and 2004’s ¡Ahora Sí! which won a Grammy Award for “Best Traditional Tropical Album“.

In Spring of 2005 Cachao would return to San Francisco for concerts at the Yerba Buena Garden Center and Bimbo’s 365 Club, which was filmed by San Francisco State University’s new DOC FILM INSTITUTE.

In Spring 2008 Cachao was scheduled to return for the premiere of “Cachao: Uno Mas” at the San Francisco International Film Festival , but it was not to be: after a brief illness, he passed away on the morning of March 22, 2008 in Miami, Florida. Radio Cuba Canta broadcast a tribute that evening. Our own C-Tone wrote his impressions at his website.

Just before Cachao‘s passing, San Francisco pianist  Rebeca Mauleon who has performed and recorded with el Maestro wrote an excellent article for Bass Player Magazine further examining Cachao’s music and technique, for future all musicians and students to discover.

Video clips featuring Cachao:

Israel López Cachao, con Bebo Valdez

Trailer – “Cachao: Uno Mas

Cachao at Tempo Latino Festival – 2007

Interviews with Andy Garcia & John Santos on Cachao at the SFIFF 2008

 
 

Broadcast Tribute to Septeto Nacional de Ignacio Piñeiro San Francisco, Sept. 13-16

16 Sep

Direct from Cuba: Septeto Nacional Ignacio Piñeiro
with special guest, Chocolate Armenteros
This Week at   Yoshi’s Jazz Club in San Francisco – September 13-16th

    www.Yoshis.com


Radio Cuba Canta presents a tribute to the great Cuban musical institution, Septeto Nacional Ignacio Piñeiro!

Host and Cuban music historian Emiliano Echeverria is joined by Luis Medina of KPFA’s Con Sabor to present a special interview with members of Septeto Nacional, discussing the group’s history since its formation in 1927, and its original founder, Ignacio Piñero.

Septeto Nacional was finally allowed to enter the United States and bring their classic Cuban son to enthusiastic audiences in New York, Miami and California. Their performances at Yoshi’s Jazz Club in San Francisco quickly sold out. Other performances have been added, but are going fast!

The program also features a jam session recorded in the KPFA Studios with members of el Septeto joined by Bay Area Cuban son-fusion group Pellejo Seco, with special guest Tito Gonzalez.

‘Radio Cuba Canta’ broadcasts Saturday 9pm Pacific in the San Francisco Bay and Northern California (12 midnight Eastern). For more information about the upcoming program and others, visit: RadioCubaCanta.blogspot.com

Produced and hosted by Emiliano Echeverria
Associate producer & broadcast operator: Clay “C-Tone” Leander
Community Calendar produced by Ron Flores

KPFA 94.1 FM – San Francisco Bay Area

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Articles about Septeto Nacional Ignacio Piñeiro U.S. tour:

San Francisco Chronicle:
Septeto Nacional de Ignacio Piñeiro at Yoshi’s

New York Times:
Cuban Musical Pioneers Celebrate an Island’s Soul

Opening Arms and Ears to Cuban Music

Miami Herald Blog:
Septeto Nacional play Hoy Como Ayer; music, family, no drama.

San Jose Mercury News:
Havana dance-music band Septeto Nacional makes first U.S. visit in 76 years

 
 

Radio Cuba Canta – Recent Broadcasts

07 Sep


LISTEN to previous broadcasts & specials of Radio Cuba Canta with Cuban music historian
Emiliano Echeverria from his collection of rare and vintage Cuban music recordings:

Broadcast Tribute to Orquesta Aragon
Listen NOW:   Radio Cuba Canta – Saturday, July 24, 2010

Mp3 Playback (iTunes, WinAmp, Windows Media):
Radio Cuba Canta – Saturday, July 24, 2010

90th Birthday Tribute to Benny Moré
Listen NOW:   Radio Cuba Canta – Saturday, August 29, 2009

Mp3 Playback (iTunes, WinAmp, Windows Media):
Radio Cuba Canta – Saturday, August 29, 2009

Broadcast Tribute to Francisco Aguabella
Listen NOW:   Radio Cuba Canta – Saturday, June 26, 2010

Mp3 Playback (iTunes, WinAmp, Windows Media):
Radio Cuba Canta – Saturday, June 26, 2010

Broadcast Tribute to Graciela Perez: 1915-2010
Listen NOW:   Radio Cuba Canta – Saturday, April 24, 2010

Mp3 Playback (iTunes, WinAmp, Windows Media):
Radio Cuba Canta – Saturday, April 24, 2010

Mujeres de la musica cubana / Women of Cuban Music
Listen NOW:   Radio Cuba Canta – Saturday, March 28, 2009

Mp3 Playback (iTunes, WinAmp, Windows Media):
Radio Cuba Canta – Saturday, March 28, 2009

Tribute to Ricardo Abreu – aka Papin of Los Papines
Listen NOW:   Radio Cuba Canta – Saturday, May 30, 2009

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Radio Cuba Canta – Saturday, May 30, 2009

Tributo a Joe Cuba and ‘Cachaito’ Lopez
Listen NOW:   Radio Cuba Canta – Saturday, February 28, 2009

Mp3 Playback (iTunes, WinAmp, Windows Media):
Radio Cuba Canta – Saturday, February 28, 2009

Produced and hosted by Emiliano Echeverria
Associate producer & broadcast operator: Clay “C’Ton” Leander
Community Calendar produced by Ron Flores

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  9 pm PST – San Francisco Bay Area
12 midnight EST – NY/Miami/San Juan PR/ y la Habana, Cuba
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KPFB 89.3 FM – Berkeley
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