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CHUCHO VALDES: IRAKERE 45

2018-04-25
Showtime: 10:30PM
Doors Open at 9:45PM

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Chucho Valdés: Irakere 45



Irakere’ means ‘forest’ in the Yoruba language of West Africa. Four decades ago, Chucho Valdes founded Irakere, a revolutionary band that introduced African drum traditions to Cuban dance music. A small, Cuban-style big band with an explosive mix of jazz, rock, classical, Afro-Cuban and traditional Cuban music, Irakere was discovered by Dizzy Gillespie in a visit to Havana on a 1976 jazz cruise. In 1978 CBSproducer Bruce Lundvall signed the band for the label. After winning a Grammy Award for Best Latin Recording in 1979, the group went on to create an extraordinary body of work that includes great dance recordings such as Homenaje a Beny More (Pimienta 1989) and Indestructible (Sony 1997); explorations of Afro-Cuban religious music such as Babalu Aye (Bembe 1999) featuring the great Orisha music singer Lazaro Ros; as well as ambitious projects such as Tierra En Trance (Areito 1983) and Misa Negra (Messidor 1987).

With the fresh sound of his Afro-Cuban Messengers, Chucho Valdes honors Cuba’s African roots with an Irakere revival.

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