Manzanillo: An Original Cuban Orchestra

(Prensa Latina – Cumbancha) Cubans, Mexicans, Colombians, Panamanians and
many others have danced for 40 years to the beat of the Original de Manzanillo
orchestra, never thinking how difficult it is to reach fame and maintain it,
away from the capital of the country. But this "charanga" orchestra has proved
that there are exceptions to the rule. Its director, Wilfredo (Pachy) Naranjo,
is a self-taught musician who has placed the orchestra among the stars of Cuban
dance music, one of the strongest artistic tendencies in the world. The key to
success has been the honesty and braveness with which Original de Manzanillo has
defended its commitment, based on creative fidelity to the eastern variants of
Cuban "Son", rigor to choose the musicians and the repertoire, and love for good music.That is how they acquired a unique sonority, without excluding the
influence of the so-called oriental organ and other formats, and conquered, with
elegance and good taste, the title of family orchestra, because they amuse
children, youths and adults. The secret to have so many fans lies in the fact
that they also play for those who cannot dance; that permanent "tumbao" of
Original de Manzanillo helps follow the beat, in addition to saying where it
comes from. Original de Manzanillo, which debuted professionally on December 21,
1963, has been loyal to the roots of Cuban popular dance music and has earned
international recognition.

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and 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.