(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha) Havana, Cuba – Famous Cuban fusion group Moncada presented their latest album Dime de donde vienes (Tell me where you come from) was presented at Havana’s Abdala studios Friday by its director Jorge Gómez. The record, produced by the Unicornio label, includes eight pop songs including, "Y que no suba la marea," "De bolero para son" and "La rueda de casino."
Jorge Gómez, founder of Moncada in 1972, stated this is the first album recorded by the band after the three-disc anthology of their 30-year career. "The album," he said, "is in line with the dynamics of reunion with old colleagues, founders of the New Trova such as Eduardo Ramos, Noel Nicola and Lázaro Garcia," the latter current director of Abdala studios. According to the musician, "the recording was meant to be a new vision on what we were doing
before, with differences of sound and harmony, plus the insertion of young artists who have given a modern touch to the work." In Gómez´s opinion, the answer to the question the title suggests is Havana, "although not a dilapidated Havana, but a beautiful one, breathing life and culture," he mentioned.
The presentation of the album also served to launch the multimedia CD "Canta, baila, aprende Casino," (Sing, Dance and Learn Casino) also by Moncada on the Unicornio label. The material is the result of the First International Meeting of Casino Dance Circles that took place in 2003, based on the famous Cuban dance from the 1950’s, in some countries linked to salsa. The multimedia, including excellent documentation, teaches to dance Casino, a style exhibited in the film Dance
with Me, starring Puerto Rican singer and actor Chayanne and US actress Vanessa Williams.
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.