The Rich Legacy of Cuban Music

José Conde y Ola Fresca

Ay! Que Rico (Pikiki
Records, 2004)

Cuban American composer and multi-instrumentalists José Conde explores the
rich legacy of Cuban music on Ay! Que Rico. He prefers the rootsier
sounds of tropical music, including son, changüí, mambo, cha cha chá, and
guaracha. As a modern Miamian, Conde also uses the latest techniques in dance
music. He utilizes loops and remixes, as well as jazz phrasings.José Conde’s multinational band, Ola Fresca, features brilliant musicians
from Cuba, the US, Curaçao and Israel.

This a refreshing album by one of the the finest artists in the US Tropical
Latin music scene. Highly recommended.


Ay! Que Rico

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.