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Published on March 7th, 2016 | by simeon sandiford

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One Caribbean Voice Cuba – Cuban culture venerates the Steelpan

I’ll ever remember the seminal arrangement of A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square by the late Orville Wright, a duet with bassist David ‘Happy’ Williams (track 10 from Reid, Wright and be Happy (Sanch CD 0301) and his fetish for punctuality. “To be early is to be on time; to be on time is to be late; but to be late is sacrilegious”.

So how does this correlate with my March (Easter) newsletter; why is it overdue; is this a sacrilege? Read on…

I attended CubaDisco 2014 at the official invitation of the Cuban institute of Music where I was privileged to witness the acclaimed prodigy Guillermo González Camejo El maestro Rubalcaba perform for about twenty minutes, accompanied by the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Enrique Pérez Mesa.

“The magical moment occurred exactly at the time when the legendary Cuban virtuoso began to caress the Steinway so effortlessly as to suggest that the instrument was but an extension of the man” was the way in which the highlight of my visit was described.

Courtesy EGREM and Sanch, Ray Holman breathed new life into an archived analogue master tape with overdubs and three original solos using proprietaryHDCD technology. The CD Rubalcaba Meets Ray was to be launched in Trinidad last September but General Elections and the passing of the creator of the Charanga rhythm instigated inevitable postponement.

Further, Los Buenos Parranderos Parang Group and Ray Holman were officially invited last week to CubaDisco 2016, hosted on La Isla from May 13thto 22nd.

Ray and grandmaster Emilio Morales  Charanga’s replacement, will lead a quintet to launch the event that bears the title of this newsletter. OCV Cuba is now carded for the auditorium of the Central Bank Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago from September 16th to 18th. Holman also composed and rendered the final solo Balada para Rubalcaba, a sterling tribute to the great virtuoso.

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On bended knee therefore, guilty, contrite and humble, I beseech Orville to be merciful, compassionate and sympathetic to the unforeseen circumstances that triggered this fiasco.

Easter Blessings!!!

Simeon L. Sandiford
Managing Director

 


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