28 November 2009

Radio Cuba Canta - November 28:
Broadcast Tribute to Septeto Nacional

This week, Radio Cuba Canta presents a tribute commemorating the long-awaited arrival of the great Cuban musical institution, Septeto Nacional Ignacio Piñeiro!

Host and Cuban music historian Emiliano Echeverria is joined by Luis Medina of KPFA's Con Sabor to present a special interview with members of Septeto Nacional, discussing the group's history since its formation in 1927, and its original founder, Ignacio Piñero.

Septeto Nacional was finally allowed to enter the United States and bring their classic Cuban son to enthusiastic audiences in New York, Miami and California. Their performances at Yoshi's Jazz Club in San Francisco quickly sold out. Other performances have been added, but are going fast!

The program will also feature a jam session in the KPFA Studios recorded by our own C-Tone with members of el Septeto joined by Bay Area Cuban son-fusion group Pellejo Seco, with special guest Tito Gonzalez.

'Radio Cuba Canta' broadcasts Saturday 9pm Pacific in the San Francisco Bay and Northern California (12 midnight Eastern). For more information about the upcoming program and others, visit: RadioCubaCanta.blogspot.com

Articles about Septeto Nacional Ignacio Piñeiro U.S. tour:

San Francisco Chronicle:
Septeto Nacional de Ignacio Piñeiro at Yoshi's

New York Times:
Cuban Musical Pioneers Celebrate an Island’s Soul

Opening Arms and Ears to Cuban Music

Miami Herald Blog:
Septeto Nacional play Hoy Como Ayer; music, family, no drama.

San Jose Mercury News:
Havana dance-music band Septeto Nacional makes first U.S. visit in 76 years