Review by Eric Stuer
I still remember the first time I heard raw folkloric
Rumba, back in 1976, from the 'Authority' album with Patato and
Jose Mangual and a host of other accomplished rumberos. I listened
to ' Si Quieres Pan' over and over, along with the other offerings
on that old LP, soaking up as much as i could. What magic. Often
in those days I wished in vain for a video that would show me exactly
how it was all being played, and maybe even a glimpse of the dances
that went with the music, about which I had read and heard so much..
Students today need only look as far as this DVD.
We heard about this DVD from our online friend Chris
"Flaco" Walker ,a well known percussionist based in
the SanFransisco Bay area. We have been watching it in awe since
it arrived. For those who are fascinated with Cuban rhythms such
as the ones at left but have not often seen the dances up close,
and the actual way the rhythms are played and the music interacts
with dance, it is a wonderful educational experience.
a sample clip at Boogalu.com
Keep in mind, though, that the sample clip above
cannot possibly convey the clarity and grandeur of the DVD. Each
piece is explored fully, with a full view of all the important drum
parts and the dance. There are also interviews with many of the
principles, and it is all laid out so as to be user friendly.
The project was inspired by the creative energy and leadership
of Santiago "Chaguito" Garzón Rill, the former
musical director of “Rumberos de Cuba”.
For this project Chaguito invited a group of exceptional artist
friends and rumba figures to perform what they passionately live
Eric Stuer, May2005