Grammy Nominee Says Elio Revé Was a Creator

(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.