Bebo Valdés and the Rhythm \’Batanga\’

(Prensa Latina) Havana, Cuba – Bebo Valdés is one of the most famous Cuban musicians,
as well as his son Jesús "Chucho" Valdes.
Day after day, international media review their albums, or Bebo´s solo
performance or along with Diego El Cigala, their album Lagrimas Negras and
other songs which became hits on his style.However, not many recall that from June 1952, he performed at the RHC Cadena
Azul, (radio station with 11 subsidiaries all over Cuba, second in the national
rating, then owned by Amado Trinidad Velasco), where the world debut of a new
rhythm, Batanga, took place.
After the first show Sunday June 14, at 1.30 p.m., the following Sundays in June
he performed in similar times, promoting the new rhythm.
From July on and during the months he performed in the show, along with his
22-piece band, the program was broadcast daily from 8.00 to 8.30 p.m.

Let this be an example of the relation between the Cuban music and the media
decades ago.


Lagrimas Negras

Author: Angel Romero

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