Saturday, July 07, 2007
Afro-Cuba Music Anthology Released
Havana, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) The most complete anthology of Afro Cuban music was launched today by the Musical Recordings and Editions institution (EGREM).
During the event in the Africa House in Old Havana, considered Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, musicologist Olavo Alen described the collection of 10 CDs of the best players of the genre.
The recordings include ancient Afro-Cuban songs, Oru de Igbodu, Iyesa, arara, tambor yuca, bembe, tumba francesa, toque de guiros, congos and Abakua.
Olavo Alen explained that the purpose of the project was to rescue music previously recorded in Guantanamo, center of this musical form.
Musicologist Maria Teresa Linares described the collection as "unprecedented" due to its testimonial value and recalled that it was also homage to the deceased well-known researchers and musicians, such as Fernando Ortiz and Argeliers Leon.