Music

Cuchillo para la Piña Cubana

by Conjunto Guantanamo

Released 2018
Nganga Records
Released 2018
Nganga Records
‘Cuchillo Para la Piña Cubana’ is the first single from the highly anticipated new album ‘Moviendo los Caracoles’ by Conjunto Guantánamo (coming out April 12, 2019/Nganga Records)
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‘Cuchillo Para la Piña Cubana’ is the first single from the highly anticipated new album ‘Moviendo los Caracoles’ (coming April 12/Nganga Records) by Conjunto Guantánamo. From the first few bars, this track draws the listener in with a peculiar rhythmic tidbit, then another and then another and before you know it, the song explodes into a full on, high energy Cuban dance number with the strength and driving beat of a steady locomotive; the band, once again, flexing its musical muscles establishing it as a true tour de force in traditional Afro-Cuban music and one of the most promising Afro-Cuban son ensembles of its generation.

Conjunto Guantánamo are said to be the “ambassadors of Cuban folklore”, led by its founder, Cuban percussionist Ulises Beato, the sextet features some of the finest players in the genre today. Pepito Gomez’ lead vocals combined with the lush harmonies of the backup vocals and Itettsu Nasuda’s piano licks and Hammond style organ solo give this track a festive and contemporary feel while staying true to this genre with its roots dating back nearly a whole century. The arrangements were written by bassist Carlos Mena who’s pounding syncopated bass lines give the track a brazen beat to back the lively and exotic polyrhythms of Mauricio Herrera’s bongo and Ulises’ conga drums. As timeless as any classic.
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