¡Cúrate! (Cacao Music, 2007)
Venezuelan expatriate Orlanedo Poleo has been playing with Paris-based salsa bands for several years. He is considered one of the finest conga players from Venezuela. For his fourth CD he has chosen Venezuelan label Cacao Música. In addition to his regular band, he is joined by none other than Venezuelan salsa superstar Oscar D’León, Cuban percussionist Horacio el Negro Hernández and several other guests.
¡Cúrate! (Heal yourself), recorded in Venezuela, shows a salsa powerhouse, with a mind-blowing rhythm section and a collection of masterfully crafted songs that celebrate Venezuelan pride through Afro-Caribbean beats from Venezuela and Cuba, including salsa, son montuno, Latin jazz, and cha cha chá.
As other salsa musicians have done, Poleo’s music is not just meant for partying. It has a social conscience, advocating for the poor and disenfranchised, making his whole musical message more appealing.
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.