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Cafe Cubano

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Caf‚ Cubano is a captivating collection that will transport listeners to the charming cafes of this musically-rich Caribbean island. This album features a selection of exceptional performers who have incorporated Cuba's diverse musical traditions and distinctive styles into their music. Several of the songs feature influences from the nueva trova movement, in which lyrical poetry is joined with Pan-American folk traditions. Others remain true to the sultry guajiras, romantic boleros and traditional sones which were the underpinning of the renowned Buena Vista Social Club recordings. Cuban music traces its roots back to the melodies of Europe and the rhythms of Africa, and the inspiring blend that resulted from years of interaction between these diverse cultures.

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Putumayo World Music was established in 1993 to introduce people to the music of the world's cultures. The label grew out of Putumayo clothing company, founded by Dan Storper in 1975 and sold in 1997. Co-founder Michael Kraus joined Dan to launch Putumayo World Music and establish a non-traditional sales division. Putumayo World Music has become known primarily for its upbeat and melodic compilations of great international music characterized by the company's motto: "guaranteed to make you feel good!" Putumayo's CD covers feature the distinctive art of Nicola Heindl, whose colorful, folkloric style represents one of Putumayo's goals: to connect the traditional to the contemporary. By combining appealing music and visuals with creative retail marketing, Putumayo has developed a unique brand identity - a rarity in today's artist-based music industry.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 27, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Putumayo World Music
  • ASIN: B0016GLZQ0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,671 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Putumayo's "Cafe Cubano" is the latest in the world music's cafe series,and so far,the best. While Italian&French Cafe are bland collections, the Cuban one is a savory blend of old and new music. The compilation is like a mojito-a cold limeade with the extra kick of rum. There's even a recipe--a mojito dipping sauce made with lime,lemon&orange juices.

"Cafe Cubano" opens with Jose Conde y Ola Fresca's "El Chacal",a jazzy critique of Che Guevara. Conde is an alum of Boston's Berklee College of Music, but one wonders if this song will go over well in nearby Cambridge, with its Proletarian thrift shop&its Communist-themed bar. Ignacio Carrillo's "Lagrimas Negras" is a melancholy ode to unrequited love. Pedro Luis Ferrer,a critic of the Cuban government,sings a duet with his daughter Lena that's hardly political. Lena Ferrer belts out "Ay,mi vidita" about giving in to love. Rene Ferrer's "Como a cada manana" is Cuban music meeting smooth R&B. The Magic Orchestra of Havana has a retro-style song with "Morenita." German Obregon's "Pincel Campesino" is a pastoral ode to country life. Armando Garzon's "Escandalo" is a savory Mexican bolero. Kelvis Ochoa's "Fue Una De Mambo" bridges the past and present. Ochoa blends retro-style mambo with reggae.

"Cafe Cubano" is a delicious album. Pour yourself a mojito on a hot summer evening and enjoy!
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Putumayo has been the megastar label for introductory anthologies of popular musics of the world, and almost all of its series deserve 4 or 5 stars. This latest work, in follow-up to the excellent and more historic and broad "Cuba" CD, is another winner, with focus on contemporary Cuban acoustic artists living within and beyond the island nation. Some selections have the classic urban Buena Vista Club son feel, while others emerge from the countryside with guajiras and trovas [troubadour songs]. Boleros are also included. The profoundly influential music of Cuba remains vital with new explorations, including some that tweak the ears of Cuban authorities. This collection is worthy for your ears and enjoyment.
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A mighty fine set of contemporary Cuban (and Cuban-style) music, spanning a decade from 1999-2008. Emigres are included as well as regional artists from across the island, younger artists and Buena Vista-style old-timers, large salsa bands and urgent acoustic balladeers, political singers and romantic traditionalists - it's a nice cross-section of music and very little of it veers into the slicker, poppier jazz terrain of the `80s-era bands such as Irakere, et. al. Most of these artists will be new to US listeners, and they'll be welcome as well, as this is an eminently listenable, engaging album. Another strong release from the pleasantly revitalized Putumayo label. (DJ Joe Sixpack, Slipcue music guide)
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Great music for the laid-back tranquil cafe type of person! If you are always on the run or simply having a day off this CD will give you the kind of soothing atmosphere you need. I have just recieved this CD today and have been playing it in my office switching of with the CD :Putumayo Presents: Cuba". I'm big on espresso and mojitos, this is just the right type of acoustic melodies with various intruments jamming and singers carrying the beats to make your comfortable afternoon or mid-day a relaxing one with a groove that makes you want to dance a little like that of a Cuban Cafe. I love the CD!
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By Quesa on January 16, 2015
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I love this album. It is exactly what I was looking for. I particularly like the first two tracks, El Chacal de la Cabaña, with its sarcastic re-wording of a traditional song honoring Ché Guevara, and Lágrimas Negras, which has been performed by many artists and is is one of my all time favorite songs
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I love you Putumayo. You certainly do Present the music of the world. I now have a growing stack & keep buying more. I can't stop. I'm a musician and have my favorite American music of all kinds, but this Putumayo series brings me the world I've been missing. I specially love the Brazilian & the Celtic.
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I wish there was more than one song by Kelvis Ochoa, but this CD is very good and there is not a bad song on the CD. After seeing Mr. Ochoa perform on a PBS special I fell in love with his music. So I was thrilled to find at least one CD which has a selection of his music. The CD is great.
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Enjoyed from the public library and decided to buy it, even if short
has more good (IMO) songs than the better known Buena Vista Club.

I don't understand Spanish but is sounds poetic and grown-up; it somehow
reminds me of Leonard Cohen (different themes, though).
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