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Queens, New York Marks 50th Anniversary Of Louis Armstrong's Iconic Song, 'It's A Wonderful World’

 '… Afro-Cuban Ensemble Conjunto Guantánamo [explore] the rhythms of son montuno, cha-cha-cha, mambo and rumba with contemporary energy…'

– Jane Levere, Forbes

 

 

 

 

'New York City's Conjunto Guantánamo… celebrates Cuban folklore as the spirit breathing life into its sound.'

 

  – The Lowell Sun

 

 

 

 'Conjunto Guantánamo lives and moves within a fluid world between the past, present and future, bringing together people, sounds and memories …their effortless and heartfelt forays are supported… [by] an innate, classic style of days gone by. I am moved and drawn into their world to experience a moment and place that is timeless and nameless.'

 – Nova Clutch Culture Space

 

 

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February 11, 2019

 

'Conjunto Guantánamo' is in the Running to Become a Nominee in the 17th Annual Independent Music Awards

 

February 11, 2019 – Homegrown talent Conjunto Guantánamo is among the artists and bands vying for a nomination in The 17th annual Independent Music Awards (the IMAs), the influential platform for established and emerging artists from around the globe, with their latest single, 'Cuchillo para la Piña Cubana.'  If nominated the "ambassadors of Cuban folklore" could be among this year’s Winners announced during The IMA ceremony in the summer of 2019 at the Symphony Space Performing Arts Center in New York City.

The prestigious award honors artistry and innovation rather than sales or touring statistics in more than 100 Album, EP, Song, Producer, Video and Design categories. Each year thousands of self-released and indie label submissions from around the globe - in all styles of music - are evaluated by panels of recording and touring artists, programmers and other influencers to determine the Nominees.

Additionally, music fans can register at www.IndependentMusicAwards.com to vote for one Vox Pop [Fan Favorite] Nominee in each Song and Music Video category; and earn points by promoting IMA artists to their social networks.  To help Conjunto Guantánamo become a Vox Pop Nominee go to:

https://submissions.independentmusicawards.com/artists/conjunto-guantanamo/

Winning projects are selected by judging panels of iconic Artists [which have included Keith Richards, Tom Waits, Aimee Mann, M’shell Ndegeocello, Chris Thiele, Peter Gabriel, Melissa Etheridge, Snoop Dogg,  Keith Urban, Buddy Guy, Ozzy Osbourne among many others], Programmers, Talent Buyers and other influencers throughout the Americas, Europe and the Pacific Rim.

 

Artistry Has Its Awards

Now in its 17th year, The Independent Music Awards is the premier platform for  self-released and indie label projects. Winners and Nominees are promoted to millions of music consumers and industry insiders via ongoing promotion, performance and distribution opportunities. And celebrated during The IMA ceremony and Independent Music Party industry conference in New York City.

Past Winners and Nominees include: Amy Lee, Pokey LaFarge, Macy Gray, J.D. McPherson, Killer Mike, Flying Lotus, Air Traffic Controller, Girl In A Coma, Fiona Joy, Masta Ace, John McEuen, Jackson Browne, And You Shall Know Us By The Trail of Dead, Team Me, among many others.

Submissions for The 17th annual Independent Music Awards accepted through December 7, 2018. Details and eligibility available at www.IndependentMusicAwards.com

 

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December 28, 2018

'Mamaita No Quiere' hits the ground running with an explosive energy created by this ensemble that is essentially a six man rhythm machine. The Spanish lyrics spin the narrative of a singer who can’t imagine why ‘Mamaíta’ (Little Mama) won’t dance with him only to have him admit the ground will tremble if she does.

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'Conjunto Guantánamo' Announce the Second Single Off Their Forthcoming Album Out February 1st

 

LISTEN TO 'MAMAITA NO QUIERE' VIA SOUNDCLOUD HERE

Upcoming Album ‘Moviendo los Caracoles’ Promises to be an Impressive Collection of Blazing Hot Tracks

'Mamaita No Quiere' (out February 1st/Nganga Records) is the second single off of 'Conjunto Guantánamo’s anticipated new album, 'Moviendo los Caracoles'. This new single, 'Mamaita No Quiere' hits the ground running with an explosive energy created by this ensemble that is essentially a six man rhythm machine. From the first note, the trumpet and percussion beckon itchy feet to the dance floor with an upbeat melody that can lift any spirit. The Spanish lyrics spin the singer's narrative who can’t  imagine why "Mamaíta" (Little Mama) won’t dance with him only to have him admit the ground will tremble if she does.

‘New York City's Conjunto Guantánamo… celebrates Cuban folklore as the spirit breathing life into its sound.’

– The Lowell Sun

'Conjunto Guantánamo' now has several popular releases under their belt. Their previous single, 'Cuchillo para la Piña Cubana', put out late last year, was a hit and this new track proves they don’t disappoint.  Lead singer Pepito Gomez’ exquisite voice and flamenco-style guitar playing truely compliment Ittetsu Nasuda’s Lilí Martinez-inspired piano rhythms. This track has a festive and contemporary feel while staying true to the genre's nearly century-old style. 

Watch a Teaser video of 'Conjunto Guantánamo'

Listen to 'Mamaita No Quiere' via Soundcloud

Led by its founder, Cuban percussionist Ulises Beato, the sextet features some of the finest players in traditional Afro-Cuban music today. The song was arranged by bassist Carlos Mena whose pounding syncopated bass lines provide a brazen back line to the the lively polyrhythms of Mauricio Herrera’s bongo, and Ulises’ conga drums. 

The band has recently enjoyed the support of the Louis Armstrong House Museum and was recently ranked  No.6 in ReverbNation’s Latin Music category. They’ve also been featured in the U.S. on WPKN, WFMU, and WVST; and Celtica Radio in the U.K.

This second single from their upcoming album gives fans yet another teaser before the April 2019 full album release. Co-produced by Ulises Beato and Pepito Gomez, 'Moviendo Los Caracoles' is a collection of some of the most beautiful and infectious Cuban songs ever written, masterfully refreshed in Carlos Mena's contemporary arrangements at Brooklyn’s Nganga Records by Conjunto Guantánamo. The album will feature 10 addicting new tracks and never a dull moment. Look for 'Moviendo Los Caracoles' wherever you get your music starting April 12th, 2019.

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 November 11, 2018

'Conjunto Guantánamo, One of Today’s Most Authentic Traditional Afro-Cuban Ensembles, Drops their Latest Single Out Now'

 

LISTEN TO CUCHILLO PARA PIÑA CUBANA VIA SOUNDCLOUD HERE

 

Upcoming Album 'Moviendo los Caracoles' Promises to be an Impressive Collection of Blazing Hot Tracks

 

‘Cuchillo para la Piña Cubana’ (out now) is the first single from the highly anticipated new album ‘Moviendo los Caracoles’ (coming April 12/Nganga Records) by Conjunto Guantánamo. From its first bars, 'Cuchillo para la Piña Cubana' draws the listener in with one new fresh rhythmic passage after another, before exploding into a full-on, high-energy Cuban dance number with all the strength and driving beat of a steady locomotive.  

 

The band, once again, flexes 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 Guantanamo are truly the ambassadors of Cuban folklore.

 

Watch a teaser video of 'Conjunto Guantánamo'

 

Listen to 'Cuchullo para la Piña Cubana' via Soundcloud

 

Led by its founder, Cuban percussionist Ulises Beato, the sextet features some of the finest players in traditional Afro-Cuban music today. Pepito Gomez’s lead vocals combined with the lush harmonies of the backup vocals and Itettsu Nasuda’s piano and Hammond style organ solo give this track a festive and contemporary feel, while staying true to the genre's nearly century-old style. The song was arranged by bassist Carlos Mena, whose pounding syncopated bass provides brazen backing to the the lively polyrhythms of Mauricio Herrera’s bongo and Ulises’ conga drums. 

 

The band have recently enjoyed the support of the Louis Armstrong House Museum and was recently ranked  Number 6 on ReverbNation’s Latin Music category. They’ve also been featured on WPKN, WFMU and WVST in the U.S and Celtica Radio in the U.K.

 

This lead single from their upcoming album gives fans a teaser until the release of the full album in April, 2019. Co-produced by Ulises Beato and Pepito Gomez, Moviendo los Caracoles is a collection of some of the most beautiful and infectious Cuban songs ever written, masterfully refreshed in contemporary arrangements at Brooklyn’s Nganga Records by Conjunto Guantánamo. The album will feature 10 infectious new tracks and never a dull moment. Look for ‘Moviendo los Caracoles’ wherever you get your music starting April 12, 2019.

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