(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha) Lisbon, Portugal – Cuba and Brazil, will be the only
Latin American countries represented at one of Europe’s largest rock festivals
to be held in Lisbon, Portugal. According to A&A Promotions, the Cuban group
Abierta will perform on May 29, along with artists from 41 countries. The
Cuban band, fusing tropical rhythms with funk, reggae and hip hop, has produced
original, popular Cuban music with elaborate lyrics about love, life and the
search for happiness and freedom.Portuguese bands at this "Rock in Rio"
festival will be joined by the Brazilian acts Joyce, Curupira Trio and Hamilton
de Holanda and Madeira Brasil Trio as well as other musicians from Cameroon,
Benin, Madagascar, Afghanistan, Mauritania, Algeria, Guinea Bissau, France,
Spain and the United States. The festival opens on May 28 with a concert by Paul
McCartney on center stage and several other acts on the multiple tent arenas. A
much awaited group is Afro Reggae, from the Vigario Geral "favela" (ghetto) of
Rio de Janeiro, performing on May 29. Other famous artists present are
Gilberto Gil (Brazil), Ruy Veloso (Portugal) and South African band Seether.
[Photo: Habana Abierta].
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.