A guitar and percussion-based blend of Cuban neo-folk music and poetry. Imagine a musical meeting of Buena Vista Social Club, Juan Luis Guerra, Simon and Garfunkel, and Hank Williams. We sing covers and originals, mostly in Spanish, and we intersperse performances with explanatory remarks.

We perform guajiro music from Cuba, written and recorded originally by Miguel Matamoros, Guillermo Portabales, Los Guaracheros de Oriente, Compay Segundo, Eliades Ochoa, Polo Montanez and more. This beautiful music is the soul of Cuba’s countryside, and a primary source for modern day forms of Latin music ranging from salsa to bachata to reggaeton.

We have performed covers and originals in casitas, bars, clubs, libraries, hospitals, senior citizen homes, churches, and fighting off smoke from la caja china. But what we like most of all is to take our musical message to school settings where we offer performance-lectures on the history of Cuban folk music and its connections to Cuban poetry, especially the poetry of Nicolás Guillén.

We also have an exciting music-text collaboration titled “Cuban Suite” with Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés. This includes Cecilia performing a set of original poems, including her epic, “Cuban American Manifesto,” with musical support from Conjunto Kimbombó.

We do workshops, too! We can work with students one on one or in groups to teach—and discuss—the basics of son, montuno, guajira, and more. Let us make Cuban folk music a part of your curriculum in Caribbean or Latin American studies, literature, history, world music, humanities, modern languages, etc.

Edited by Kimbombo on 2 May 2011, 21:11

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