San Francisco, USA – The latest release on the Riverboat label is Rumba Sin Fronteras by Cuban musician Pancho Quinto. Scheduled for release in the US on September 23, the album shows that Pancho Quinto’s music is a unique cross of rhythmic and harmonic elements rarely heard in contemporary music and features innovations in Cuban rumba percussion.
Rumba Sin Fronteras highlights the spirit of improvisation that makes Pancho such a major force in the development of Cuban music and one of the world’s great percussion innovators. On this recording, generations of musicians collaborate in a stunning mix of Afro-Cuban and African-American traditions, creating a ‘rumba without frontiers’.
The basic tracks of Rumba Sin Fronteras were achieved in a one-day session during Pancho Quinto’s historic 1998 US tour.
He was inspired by the booming percussive sounds he heard bouncing from car trunks in San Francisco’s Latin barrio, the Mission district, and craved the boom of hip-hop bass. With Pancho, singers Lazaro Rizo and Guillermo ‘El Negro’ Triana were eager to stretch the boundaries of rumba vocals, incorporating new harmonic ideas and phrasing into traditional songs. For this recording, Pancho bought plywood to build a bass cajon, a massive box that he sat on and played with his hands and sticks. He performed with a set of bata drums behind him, a small cajon between his legs, two conga drums on the side, and a variety of bells, sticks and a tambourine at his feet.
This unique percussion set produced a diverse array of sounds that Pancho divides between high and low frequencies.
Active for more than fifty years in a network of percussionists in Havana who have maintained and developed Cuba’s important African heritage, he began his career playing in traditional religious ceremonies, gaining the rank of omo ana or master drummer. During the 1950s he was a constant presence in neighbourhood carnival groups and rumbas, and played on the classic Sonora Matancera song ‘Nuevo Ritmo Omelenco’ which featured a young Celia Cruz.
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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.