(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha) Guantánamo, Cuba.- The former member of Los Van Van orchestra, José Luis Quintana (Changuito), 1999 Latin Grammy nominee for “Ritmo Candela”, said that kettledrummer and orchestra director Elio Revé (1930-1997) was a creator in his instrument and his music. Changuito pointed out that the so-called “King of Changüí” (a controversial Cuban musical rhythm that some experts say it preceded “Son”) “created the five-note scale in the kettledrum”. Generally, kettledrummers play more than six notes when playing “Son”, but Revé was interested in playing five to guarantee the presence of Changüí in everything he played.
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.