Tribute to Outstanding Cuban Percussionists

(Prena Latina -Cumbancha) Havana, Cuba – Students from different music schools paid tribute to Cuban percussionists Tata Güines (Aristides Soto), Jose Luis Quintana (Changuito), Enrique Pla, Justo Pelladito, Enrique Lazaga and composer Harold Gramatges.

The activity was celebrated this week at the Felix Varela Professional Training School in Havana, marking the end of the school year and the delivering of awards for a percussion contest dedicated to the memory of deceased musician Fausto Garcia. Professor Miriam Villa Correa highlighted the history of these outstanding artists who brought prestige to their country by winning Grammy awards and above all for teaching students of this school.

Villa referred to the role of the art schools in Cuba and recalled that current Cuban stars such as Heidi Igualada, orchestra director Yanela Brook, singer Alexis Morejon from Moncada, and Javier Olmos from the Aragon Orchestra, were students of the Felix Varela School. Tata Güines, Enrique Lazaga, Enrique Pla and Changuito won Grammies; in the case of Harold Gramatges, he was given the first Tomas Ruiz de Victoria Award established by the Musical Writers Association (SGAE) which equals a musical Nobel Prize. Fausto Garcia was a musician who worked with Adolfo Guzman, Armando Romeu and the Tropicana Orchestras.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.

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