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Biography

The legendary group Clave y Guaguancó was founded in Havana over 50 years ago and is dedicated to researching and developing the traditions of Afro-Cuban music. With roots style singing, drumming and dancing, they'll introduce you to the universe of gods, magic and African-rooted rituals.

They play Yambú, Guaguancó, Columbia, and Cuban carnival music as well as more purely African music from the Yoruba, Arará, Abakuá, Congo, or Bantú.

The director is Amado de Jesús Dédeu, an experienced rumbero with a long career. The group's recordings for EGREM are marketed in the States by Green Linnet Records and were successful in winning several awards. One of their vocalists was a famous female akpon (akpwon) and batalero, Amelia Pedroso, who died of breast cancer while still in her early 50s in Havana, in the year 2000.

Clave y Guaguanco includes: Amado De Jesus Dedeu Hernandez (conductor), Celeste Mendoza (vocals); Jose Louis "Changuito" Quintana (percussion), and Eloy "El Ambia" Machado.

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