(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha) Havana, Cuba – Los Papines, Cuban rumba virtuosos who won a Grammy for the album La rumba soy yo (I am Rumba), are celebrating -on December 10- their 40th anniversary of an intense artistic career that has taken them and their congas all over the world. Ricardo, Luis, Jesús, Juliet and Luisito Abréu will celebrate the anniversary with a gala concert titled “A rumba limpia – 40 años de tambores,” (Just plain Rumba – 40 Years of Congas) at Havana’s Mella Theater, with Jenny and Robertón (Los Van Van), César Pedroso and Pepito (Puppy y los que Son Son), Charanga Habanera and Cubanitos 20-02 as guest musicians. The tribute will also include the presentation of an anthology titled Los
Papines, en compañía de… (Los Papines, with…) produced by the famous Cuban label EGREM -incubator for the Buena Vista Social Club project. Since 1955, Ricardo, Luis Alfredo and Jesús Abréu were applauded as percussionists when they worked at the Tropicana Cabaret. In 1957 they formed the group Papín y sus rumberos (Papin and his rumba musicians) which later became Los Papines.
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.