Liberacion, the Songs of the New Cuban Underground (Petrol/EMI, 2007)
Cuba produces an impressive amount of cutting edge music. Some have focused on timba, others on rock and hip. This DVD focuses on the reggaetón scene in Santiago de Cuba.
What’s really exciting about Santiago de Cuba’s reggaetón is the rich variety of sounds. While a lot of recent US-produced reggaetón sounds slick and repetitive, Cubans, as usual, add more spice to the mix.
The young multi-talented singers and musicians combine witty lyrics and basic reggaetón beats with funk, rock, son and more. That makes the music richer, more appealing and innovative.
Some of the versatile singers featured are El Médico, Candyman, Donato, Lady Ragga, Black Boy and other young talents.
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.