(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha) Manzanillo, Cuba – An unforgettable night was that when Original de Manzanillo, one of Cuba’s best orchestras, celebrated its 40th anniversary along with friends such as Frank Fernández, Omara Portuondo and Cándido Fabré. The gala-tribute took place by the sea. The celebration began on December 15, with the presentation of the 40th Anniversary cocktail, made with Pinilla rum (which has been produced in Manzanillo for 100 years), special raisin wine, mineral water, lemon juice and sugar. Parties were held in the neighborhoods where the musicians live, and a documentary on the orchestra was presented. Festivities will continue until January in several Cuban provinces, including the City of Havana.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV 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 albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.