Style: son, guaguanco, bolero
Touring party: 8-9
Territory: Exclusive Europe except ES, NL, BE
Availability: July - September 2013
Winners for Cubadisco 2013 Prize in Traditional Popular Music, with “Vamos pa’ la fiesta”
Septeto Santiaguero released their newest album VAMOS PA 'LA FIESTA , July 2, 2012, the seventh of the Septeto career which started in 1995. On the album there are 14 tracks and a bonus track, a route through different genres of root Cuban music as Son, Guaracha, Bolero, Traditional Trova, Danzón, Changüí and Pilón. Also Son is combined with Cumbia at the end of the album. During their current European tour, they presented songs of the new album and the daily paper El Pais said of them: “All songs can rabidly be danced” and “a well blend into its Caribbean spirit that combines modernity and respect to the essences”.
The album has deluxe collaborations such as: Rubén Blades, Cheo Feliciano, José Alberto El Canario, Luisito Quintero, Jimmy Bosch and Edwin Colón Zayas.
With VAMOS PA 'LA FIESTA Septeto Santiaguero wants to thank the historical counterparts of the salsa movement "for everything they have done in favor of preservation of Son and Bolero" says director and as producer of the album Fernando Dewar.
This is the first occasion on which several of these historical figures of the salsa movement come together to participate in a production with Cuban musicians on the island.
Rubén Blades plays two classics, Lágrimas Negras by Miguel Matamoros and Contéstame by Arsenio Rodriguez. Blades appears also with the unmistakable voice and his alter ego "Medoro Madera", a character created by Rubén Blades to honor the Cuban Son artists, appearing for frst time in an album different from the Rubén Blades ones, that is Vamos Pa’ la Fiesta.
Cheo Feliciano sings “Un poquito de tu amor” (A little bit of your love) a song with Son and Bolero, the authorship of "manzanillero" Julio Gutierrez, who lived a long time in Puerto Rico.
El Canario plays a popular song of Los Compadres in the Dominican Republic, “Amor Silvestre” (Wild Love), by Lorenzo Hierrezuelo, being this version an explicit homage to Reynaldo Hierrezuelo, Rey Caney.
Jimmy Bosch plays the trombone in the “La Reina Isabel” from the great Electo Rosell Chepín, a Danzón whit an implicit tribute to Cachao. Edwin Colón Zayas plays the “cuatro boricua” in “Que le den candela” a bow to the contributions of Van Van to the contemporary Son of Septeto Santiaguero. Luisito Quintero plays the bongo in the changüí song “Yo Si tumbo la mata”.
"We wanted to insert all the guests into the Casa de la Trova (Santiago de Cuba) atmosphere, that who listen to the album imagine them there, singing and playing with us" Fernando Dewar said, who added it was always clear that "These major figures of Latin music would play songs of the masters to those who have admired all their life, as we also revere all every day; always wanted that the album was based on shared passion”.
Among the new published songs appears the signature of prominent Cubans living composers as Rodulfo Vaillant, Alain Pérez and Osnel Odit.
The album was recorded between November 2011 and May 2012 at various studios in Santiago de Cuba, New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and Barcelona. The mastering was done in the 44.1 Studios of Aiguaviva, Girona.
The Septeto Santiaguero is:
Fernando Dewar: tres (Cuban guitar), backing vocals, musical direction
Ismael Borges: vovals, claves y guiro
Inocencio Heredia: vocals, maracas
Rudens Matos: vocals, guitar
Dairon Carlile Robert Salazar: bass
Alberto Castellanos: percussion
Eddy Lobaina: trumpet
Grammy nominated album:
Oye mi son santiaguero, released September 2010