Musicians Diego el Cigala and Victor Victor to Perform at Cubadisco 2004 Festival

(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha) Havana.- The Sociedad General de Autores (General
Society of Authors), which has famous artists signed such as Joan Manuel Serrat
and Fito Paez, will bring Spanish celebrities Martirio and Punto F., El Cigala
and Dominican Victor Victor to the Cubadisco 2004 Fair. Despite the European
Union cultural blockade on Cuba, the SGAE will bring 25 outstanding musicians,
experts and businesspeople to Cuba´s most important music event from May 23-30
at the Pabexpo Exhibition Center in Havana. The Festival dedicates its eighth
edition to the Caribbean, which will have musicians from 13 countries and 92
independents. The main attractions are the World´s Longest “Son” Song, to
feature many orchestras and soloists in a music marathon to set a new Guinness
record. Exhibitions, discussions, concerts and tributes to the late Cuban
percussionist Guillermo Barreto, the man who along with Walfredo de los Reyes
introduced the drums into a Cuban orchestra, is part of the program. The
recitals will feature acts such as Victor Victor, Martirio, El Cigala,
and Cesar López.

Another tribute will be paid to guitarist and composer
Leo Brouwer, pianist Frank Fernandez, composer Jose Maria Vitier and tres player
Pancho Amat. Precisely the tres, emblematic instrument of Cuban popular music,
will be the object of study during these days, paying homage to artists
including Arsenio Rodriguez, Isaac Oviedo and Chito Latamblet. Seventy-two
albums compete at the Eight Cubadisco Fair for prizes in 20 categories. The
nominees include Chucho Valdes, Sergio Vitier, Amaury Perez, Teresa Garcia
Caturla, Gerardo Alfonso, Sara Gonzalez, Paulo FG, Ars Longa, Top Secret, Carlos
Varela, Polito Ibañez, Aceituna sin Hueso and Wena Onda.