Sunday, April 08, 2007
The Toast of Old Havana
A special treat for those of you outside the UK or not currently subscribing to the Times newspaper. A great feature on Cubas first female orchestra and six tracks to download sans DRM.
"This is the extraordinary story of Anacaona, a glamorous all-girl orchestra which stormed to success in Thirties Cuba and became the toast of Old Havana. The 11 sisters took their exotic ‘son’ rhythms across the world before fading into obscurity after the Cuban Revolution. Here, in an extract from a new book, saxophonist Alicia Castro, now in her eighties and one of the surviving four, recounts how it all began."
For the rest of the story, downloads and sleevenotes CLICK HERE
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