“Soy negro, soy feo, pero soy tu asesino, no es la cara ni el cuerpo, es mi palón divino (I’m black, I’m ugly, but I’m your killer, it’s not about the face or body, but my holy d…)”. This was one of the most repeated choruses in Cuba, in 2017. The lyric is rude and the rhythm is catchy.
A flutist, songwriter and director, Orlando “Maraca” Valle has successfully toured nearly 60 countries and developed a versatile musical career, focused on jazz, but characterized by the combination of other popular and Afro-Cuban rhythms. Likewise, he’s defined as an artist with the potential to represent Cuban music and go beyond, and he has made it by performing on international stages, mastering the key elements of contemporary and universal music; always standing out as a Cuban musician.
The fusion of nearly a dozen instruments, with harmony achieved by percussion, including drums, kettledrums, bongos, guiros, cowbells and maracas; piano, accompanied by double bass, guitar and violins; and wind through the metal of trumpets, saxophones, trombones and flutes, all of them boost dance and catchy phrases, thus bringing salsa rhythm to life, which is one of the most popular genres of Cuban dance music.
When in 1962 the Chilean group Los Ramblers decided to compose a song as support for the local team that played in the FIFA Cup, no one could have imagined, at that moment, that the "Rock of the World Cup" began a tradition that has spread through more than five decades. What have been the best songs dedicated to a Soccer World Cup? PanamericanWorld proposes you to approach each of the official songs associated with the most followed sporting event on the planet.
Canadian violinist and composer Andrew Forde has set himself a bold challenge: to remix the creative and intellectual universe of the iconic pianist Glenn Gould, one of the most brilliant musicians of the 20th century, with the aim of exploring the rich identity of Canada.
When Chris Blackwell, the founder of Island Records, first met a journeyman musician named Bob Marley in 1972, he had a feeling that the young man might find success.
“He had a kind of aura about him,” Mr. Blackwell, 80, recalled in a recent interview. “I had an idea that he could have an impact.”
As soca continues to grow in Jamaica, more artistes are being encouraged to dabble in the genre. Several industry insiders believe that artistes should not limit themselves to one genre, but should try their hands at as many as they can.
In Cuba, royalty in music is clear to its sovereigns, especially among females, divas who have managed to forge and stay in popular preference for decades, despite coexisting in a guild of prodigal talent, high competitiveness, generations and modes in constant evolution, and in a contaminated-by-sexist-stereotypes society.