(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha) By Omar Vazquez and Ricardo Lopez Hevia (www.granma.cubaweb.cu)
Caracas, Venezuela – The
Orquesta Aragón‘s performance at Los Proceres
promenade was an expression of gratitude as they decided to begin the
celebrations for the band’s 65th anniversary along with the Venezuelan people.
And a confirmation that it is still the Orchestra of yesterday, today and
forever, as Roberto Hernández Montoya, an announcer for Radio Nacional de
Venezuela said when introducing them.
The first performance took place in El Gaitazo, marking the beginning of
Christmas festivities and was attended by over 5,000 people who danced to the
band. The show was broadcast live on Channel 8, Venezolana de Television. The
audience was mainly made up of youths. The performance was attended by General Jorge Luis Garcia Carneiro, Commander
General of the Army; Cuban Ambassador German Sanchez Otero; Deputy Culture
Minister Julio Ballester, and other members of the delegation accompanying the
Aragon orchestra, which played such songs as “El paso de Encarnación” and “El
Bodeguero.” Singer Ela Calvo surprised the audience with “Siguaraya” by
Lino Frias and “El Yerberito Moderno” by Néstor Milí, as well as boleros.
Before Aragon’s presentation, Idelmaro and his orchestra, Erick Franchesqui,
who sing Caribbean rhythms and a band from the Academy of Officials of the Armed
Forces performed. After a beautiful fireworks display, Aragon took the stage and
a group of youths expressed admiration to Cuba by waving a Cuban flag, thus
giving an emotional touch to the already exciting night in Caracas.
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.