London, England – Cuba – the essential album (ESNDCD222) in the title of a double CD produced by British label Manteca.
It includes a long list of well known Cuban musicians: Compay Segundo, Desi Arnaz, Pérez Prado, Orquesta Aragón, Sierra Maestra, Ibrahim Ferrer, Graciela Machito y sus Afro-Cubans, Lecuona Cuban Boys, Beny Moré, Chapottín y su Conjunto, Enrique Jorrín, Bebo Valdés, Los Van Van, Irakere, NG La Banda, Afro-Cuban All Stars, Mongo Santamaría, Orquesta América, Celina González, Havana All Stara, Pablo Milanés, James Moody & His Bop Men feat. Chano Pozo, Don Azpiazu & his Havana Casino Orchestra, René Touzet, Omara Portuondo, Celia Cruz, Alegría All Stara, Lázaro Ros con Mezcla, Yerba Buena, and Orlando `Cachaíto’ López.
The mid-price compilation was produced by Rick Glanvill. He is a London-born writer, author, DJ and broadcaster.
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.