(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha) Havana, Cuba – US actress Julia Roberts is interested in making a film in Cuba, as she told a group of musicians from the Caribbean Island who were touring the United States. We met by chance, said Lázaro Rivera, director and lead singer of the group Valle Son. We met in a New York market and when we asked her for a photo, she told us that she would give it to us if we give her tickets for our performance, because they had been sold out. At the end of the concert, she went to the dressing rooms and invited us to have lunch with her the following day, he added. We were playing music in her home and talking about Cuban music and its repercussion in the world. Roberts’ interest in Cuba seems to come from US moviemaker Steven Soderberg’s visit to Havana in 2001, when he was accompanied by Puerto Rican actor Benicio del Toro. Son de Cuba, a show by seven musicians from western Pinar del Río province, was taken to the United States to promote the group’s first CD, produced by Caribou Records Inc. The group blends traditional music with a “Son” variant known as “timba”, which makes emphasis on choruses and dialogue between percussion and metals.
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.