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Buena Vista Social Club — El Carretero
Album: Buena Vista Social Club
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Released: 1997
Length: 3:26
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Por el camino del sitio mío
un carretero alegre pasó
con su canción que es muy sentida
y muy guajira alegre cantó

Me voy al transbordador
a descargar la carreta (bis)
para cumplir con la meta
de mi pequena labor

A caballo vamos pa'l monte
a caballo vamos pa'l monte (bis)

Yo trabajo sin reposo
para poderme casar (bis)
y si lo llego a lograr
seré un guajiro dichoso

A caballo vamos pa'l monte
a caballo vamos pa'l monte (bis)

Soy guajiro y carretero
y en el campo vivo bien (bis)
porque el campo es el edén
más lindo del mundo entero

A caballo vamos pa'l monte
a caballo vamos pa'l monte (bis)

Chapea el monte, cultiva el llano
recoge el fruto, de tu sudor (bis)
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For those of us who are unfortunately uni-lingual, I offer this from Google translate:

By the way of my site
a cheerful carter passed
with his song that is very felt
and very happy guajira sang

I'm going to the ferry
to download the cart (bis)
to meet the goal
of my little work

On horseback we go to Monte
on horseback we go to Monte (bis)

I work without rest
to be able to marry (bis)
and if I succeed
I will be a happy peasant

On horseback we go to Monte
on horseback we go to Monte (bis)

I'm guajiro and carter
and in the country I live well (bis)
because the field is Eden
cutest in the whole world

On horseback we go to Monte
on horseback we go to Monte (bis)

Brush the mount, cultivate the plain
gather the fruit from your sweat (bis)
Pretty good song, but it makes my dog bark when they whistle...
 kcar wrote:

Some people like colder weather. 

Back to the original point: I read a New York Times article about Cubans and Cuban emigrants. The former were proud of their country and its accomplishments but chafed under governmental control. The latter kept describing Cuba as a prison because of those controls and the constant presence of regular people willing to inform on their neighbors to the government in exchange for small rewards and advantages.  

 
Sorry to hear that aspect of Cuban history, it adds another dimension to the incomplete understanding I have of Cuba.
 Skydog wrote:

yeah but how 'bout the weather difference between Cuba and Canada, {#Idea}

 

Im skier so I will take BC any day over Cuba.  But I would still be playing this music.
 Skydog wrote:

yeah but how 'bout the weather difference between Cuba and Canada, {#Idea}

 
Some people like colder weather. 

Back to the original point: I read a New York Times article about Cubans and Cuban emigrants. The former were proud of their country and its accomplishments but chafed under governmental control. The latter kept describing Cuba as a prison because of those controls and the constant presence of regular people willing to inform on their neighbors to the government in exchange for small rewards and advantages.  
Every time this song comes on, my dog comes running into the room.
Excelente!
This makes me want to smoke cigars and drink 6 fingers of scotch. Excellent song from an excellent album.
 VH1 wrote:
Dancer

 
{#Hearteyes}
" ...19 tequilas later, we had a deal. Havana goes back to the mob, and  Fidel and I open up a chain of Kentucky Fried Chicken shops"

Was Not Was " I feel Better than James Brown".  Now that would be a fun song to follow this one.
 NCEyeballKid wrote:
Listening to this and watching the movie fundamentally changed my musical tastes forever.

 
I had the same reaction. The music and the movie brought a new dimension and appreciation for this amazing culture of musicians.
I love this entire album. 
Dancer
 kcar wrote:

 I think you'd find Cuba considerably less free and offering fewer economic opportunities than Canada. 

 
yeah but how 'bout the weather difference between Cuba and Canada, {#Idea}
I was feeling down and the previous Ryan Adams song matched that.
Now I feel better. Thanks RP :) 
 Tamster wrote:
Would love to move from Canada to Cuba..............working on it.The music is for the soul and body.
 

 
From what I've seen of Cuba, the natural beauty is considerable. But many Cubans, resident and expatriate, say that the place is a prison filled with informers and state monitoring of speech and action. The government whipsaws people with changing policies on economic liberalization, first encouraging small businesses and then hitting them with new restrictions and heavy taxes. 

You might want to look at how many people are trying to leave Cuba and then consider how many people are trying to move there. I think you'd find Cuba considerably less free and offering fewer economic opportunities than Canada. 
 Tamster wrote:
Would love to move from Canada to Cuba..............working on it.The music is for the soul and body.
 

 
Not a lot of internet access there to listen to RP, no?
{#Sunny}{#Drunk} time for a cuba libre
 Tamster wrote:
Would love to move from Canada to Cuba..............working on it.The music is for the soul and body.
 

 
After 2 weeks travelling around Cuba, I can see why.   A stunning country full of kind proud people.   I was also lucky enough to see BVSC play live at the Hotel Nacional de Cuba.   unforgettable.


Listening to this and watching the movie fundamentally changed my musical tastes forever.
Would love to move from Canada to Cuba..............working on it.The music is for the soul and body.
 
 alux wrote:
I think its perfectly reasonable to conclude that not liking this song is due to ignorance and narrow-mindedness.





 
This coming from someone who rated "Echoes" and "If" by Pink Floyd as "3".
As dumb as a bag of hammers. 
One of the most annoying songs I've heard in my life.
{#Bananapiano}{#Bananapiano}{#Bananapiano} .... "Godlike" ++++
ry on water?
{#Daisy}
A solid 10, if only for that bass.
{#Kiss}   Song: 10+
yay! I love Buena Vista! You should include more latin music from various styles (we have so much to offer)... (calle 13, salsa, spinetta, mercedes sosa, pedro piedra, ruben blades, charly garcia, cerati, natalia la forucade, lila downs, josé gonzales, monsieur periné, los aguakates, zoé, porter, alika, bomba estéreo...) and other cultures... it makes you more eclectic. That guy that just wants funk is just damn boring and repetitive!!!!!!!
 ortallcowgirl wrote:
It is too bad that you can not accept that radio paradise plays all types of music.  I feel like moving my hips and dancing a bit.  Despite the fact that I am work.  I do love Buena Vista Social Club.  

 
Segue wrote:
could you just eliminate all this sort of stuff and be near-perfect? Brazilian okay but the more salsa-ey, the more I head for the hills, senor. Muchas gracias.

MORE DREAMY FUNK PLEASE LESS ANNOYING GRATING TEQUILA MUSIC. 
 


 

what ? no disco....{#Propeller}     the shame......and a lot less gripes about great music because you don't understand the words. and rum is the Cuban elixir. also ry cooder doesn't jam with just anyone, your basic 10
Song = 10
Raul, Che and Eddie share a reefer - soon in the free world, we will rock (...) !
 MACHOSG wrote:
Viva la revolution
Cubaneros

 
way to go
Pot, meet kettle.
 


alux wrote:
I think its perfectly reasonable to conclude that not liking this song is due to ignorance and narrow-mindedness.
 


Viva la revolution
Cubaneros
{#Wave}
love it!!!!
 
so much fun!!!
Even if everything was stripped from this song except the bass, this would still be worth listening to.
 rockpommel16 wrote:
...thanks,bill....great set......knopfler,blackman,social club.....Dancer........
 
ditto, time for me to re-up my monthly dues
...thanks,bill....great set......knopfler,blackman,social club.....Dancer........
How sweet it will be to be dancing to these fabulous addictive beats at the inimitable Cafe Havana in Cartagena in a couple months from now!
Perfect transition!!! From Sean Blackman to Buena Vista Social Club! Those thinks that make it worth to listen RP!
This takes me back, Cuba is so beautiful, We stayed at the Hotel De Nacional in Havana and saw he BVSC show, it was a moment for me.  I could live in Cuba so easily stunning country and real people.


Guitarist Eliades Ochoa who sang "El Carretero" on the record Buena Vista Social Club (16 September 1997). In the film, Ochoa is shown playing the song whilst walking alongside a deserted railtrack.


 michela wrote:

Yes, you're completely right! By the way, I love RP too.
(An Italian  in Spain)
 

Hi, Michela, I've been to Granada a few times. Lovely people and beautiful landscape. Bill should listen to Roberto Fonseca, the fastest-rising jazz musician to come out of Cuba in recent years. I caught him the other night at The Barbican in London and what a show it was! He had as warm-up act the cellist Ayanna (that's another suggestion for you, me ol' mucker, Bill, mate) and as special guest, Fatou, from Mali (although she was born in the Ivory Coast). Fonseca's new album "Yo" ("Me") should suit RP audiences with its mix of Latin jazz, funk and electronica. C;mon, Bill, take a chance, let me know if you want me to send you a few mp3 files! {#Angel}

A Cuban In London.
 cubaninlondon wrote:
Hi, Bill. I love RP, but... you know... there's more to Cuban music than just this, you know... Give us a shout and I can e-mail you some mp3 files.{#Angel}

Greetings from London.

A Cuban In London
 
Yes, you're completely right! By the way, I love RP too.
(An Italian  in Spain)
I think its perfectly reasonable to conclude that not liking this song is due to ignorance and narrow-mindedness.

 Byronape wrote:

Wait, so because I don't like this particular song either, I'm ignorant and narrow minded too?  Doesn't that make you a pretentious ass for assuming you know anything about me simply because I dislike something you clearly like?

That's just hateful.
 


Hi, Bill. I love RP, but... you know... there's more to Cuban music than just this, you know... Give us a shout and I can e-mail you some mp3 files.{#Angel}

Greetings from London.

A Cuban In London
 heliosweb wrote:

How ignorant and narrow minded.

Makes me want to visit one of those Carribbean isles, hang out with the people and pick up some local lingo, enjoy the local dishes, luxuriate on the beaches, and just have a mellow good time.

Exploring other cultures is NOT boring. Open your mind, or... (sigh).

 
Wait, so because I don't like this particular song either, I'm ignorant and narrow minded too?  Doesn't that make you a pretentious ass for assuming you know anything about me simply because I dislike something you clearly like?

That's just hateful.

Ry Cooder is into everything - Mr. Eclectic.
 Tamster wrote:

"A mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work if it is not open." 
— Frank Zappa

 
"A mind is like a parachute.Sometimes they just don't work"
Skratch Garrison

I can translate this for you: "Don't ask me to work. I am not Mexican.  I'm Cuban."
 heliosweb wrote:

How ignorant and narrow minded.

Makes me want to visit one of those Carribbean isles, hang out with the people and pick up some local lingo, enjoy the local dishes, luxuriate on the beaches, and just have a mellow good time.

Exploring other cultures is NOT boring. Open your mind, or... (sigh).

 
Someone does not like a song.  Thus, they are "ignorant and narrow minded".   Profound.   Does this mean 2+2=5 in your world?

 nabspat wrote:
Un poco mas de Ibrahim Ferrer, por favor-
His is a long list of splendid performances... 
 
Nope - it's Eliades Ochoa singing this song.
 heliosweb wrote:

How ignorant and narrow minded.

Makes me want to visit one of those Carribbean isles, hang out with the people and pick up some local lingo, enjoy the local dishes, luxuriate on the beaches, and just have a mellow good time.

Exploring other cultures is NOT boring. Open your mind, or... (sigh).

 
I lived the Caribbean life for 15 years and loved it,...the music too.  Zappa said it: "open your mind"...you might be pleasantly suprised at what you see.

 heliosweb wrote:

How ignorant and narrow minded.

Makes me want to visit one of those Carribbean isles, hang out with the people and pick up some local lingo, enjoy the local dishes, luxuriate on the beaches, and just have a mellow good time.

Exploring other cultures is NOT boring. Open your mind, or... (sigh).
 
"A mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work if it is not open." 
— Frank Zappa

 heliosweb wrote:

How ignorant and narrow minded.

Makes me want to visit one of those Carribbean isles, hang out with the people and pick up some local lingo, enjoy the local dishes, luxuriate on the beaches, and just have a mellow good time.

Exploring other cultures is NOT boring. Open your mind, or... (sigh).

 

i have to agree
Here's a picture album based on the CD booklet that includes photos, musician credits, lyrics and translations. As I mentioned in my post regarding Chan Chan five of the musicians who performed on this album are sadly no longer with us.

 LastChance wrote:
How boring.
 
How ignorant and narrow minded.

Makes me want to visit one of those Carribbean isles, hang out with the people and pick up some local lingo, enjoy the local dishes, luxuriate on the beaches, and just have a mellow good time.

Exploring other cultures is NOT boring. Open your mind, or... (sigh).

Mucho gusto! Mas por favor!{#Meditate}
Un poco mas de Ibrahim Ferrer, por favor-
His is a long list of splendid performances... 
NO, NO, NO, NO, NO!!!!!{#Stupid}
They're terrific...it doesn't get much better than this.
thanks for tthe traslation i like alot more with it {#Stupid}
And in English (from the booklet that came with the CD):

Along the track by my house
A cart-driver passed
With his sentimental songs
The Guajiro sang:

I'm going to the crossing
To unburden my load
I'm going to the crossing
To unburden my load
There I'll reach the end
Of my crushing labour.

Ride on up the mountain.

I work without rest
So I can marry
I work without rest
So I can marry
And if I can achieve that
I'll be a happy man.

Ride on up the mountain.

I am a Guajiro and a cart driver
I live well off the land
Because the countryside is paradise
The most beautiful place on earth
Work the mountain, cultivate the plain
Reap the fruits of your labour.

 dasfeuer wrote:
A caballo vamos pa´l Monte!!!
 

Así es, Guajiro! {#Cheers}
A caballo vamos pa´l Monte!!!
 scraig wrote:
perfect...as many of us on the left coast pack up to head out on the carretero.

  Close. A carretero is a cart driver; a carretera is a road.
The song is about the simple, hard-working life of the rural cart driver.
A guajiro is a person from a rural environment in the Antilles islands. Here are the lyrics:

Ay, por el camino del sitio mío un carretero alegre pasó
En su tonada que es muy guajira y muy sentida alegre cantó
Ay, por el camino del sitio mío un carretero alegre pasó
En su tonada que es muy sentida y muy guajira alegre cantó.

Me voy al transbordador a descargar la carreta
Me voy al transbordador a descargar la carreta
Para llegar a la meta de mi penosa labor.

A caballo vamos pa´l monte, a caballo vamos pa´l monte
A caballo vamos pa´l monte, a caballo vamos pa´l monte.

Yo trabajo sin reposo para poderme casar
Yo trabajo sin reposo para poderme casar
Y si lo puedo lograr seré un guajiro dichoso.

A caballo vamos pa´l monte, a caballo vamos pa´l monte
A caballo vamos pa´l monte, a caballo vamos pa´l monte.

Soy guajiro y carretero, en el campo vivo bien
Soy guajiro y carretero, en el campo vivo bien
Porque el campo es el edén más lindo del mundo entero.

A caballo vamos pa´l monte, a caballo vamos pa´l monte
A caballo vamos pa´l monte, a caballo vamos pa´l monte.

Chapea el monte, cultiva el llano, recoge el fruto de tu sudor
Chapea el monte, cultiva el llano, recoge el fruto de tu sudor.


Great tune, even if overplayed. I am told that in Cuba, you hear this album in every hotel & resto, all the time.
perfect...as many of us on the left coast pack up to head out on the carretero.
miss a cigar?
How boring.
Funny, I was just listening to this track on the ride to work this morning. Bumm bumm...
LOVE IT.
It is too bad that you can not accept that radio paradise plays all types of music.  I feel like moving my hips and dancing a bit.  Despite the fact that I am work.  I do love Buena Vista Social Club.  

 
Segue wrote:
could you just eliminate all this sort of stuff and be near-perfect? Brazilian okay but the more salsa-ey, the more I head for the hills, senor. Muchas gracias.

MORE DREAMY FUNK PLEASE LESS ANNOYING GRATING TEQUILA MUSIC. 
 

could you just eliminate all this sort of stuff and be near-perfect? Brazilian okay but the more salsa-ey, the more I head for the hills, senor. Muchas gracias.

MORE DREAMY FUNK PLEASE LESS ANNOYING GRATING TEQUILA MUSIC. 
Were they just singing "Eduardo broke my moped"?!!!
Nice music, the lyrics...?
El WHATEVER!{#Bananajam}
Man all cuban music just sounds the same.

(Kidding kidding. Just mocking a post for the song that previously played).
 cubaninlondon wrote:
Bill, mate, sorry for the informal approach but if you want to change your 'token' Cuban musical number, get in touch. I could send you some really heavy tunes that would suit your middle-of-the-road audience, amongst which I count myself, very well <...>.
 
He's already in touch. Just click on this: {#Arrowu}
 cubaninlondon wrote:
Bill, mate, sorry for the informal approach but if you want to change your 'token' Cuban musical number, get in touch. I could send you some really heavy tunes that would suit your middle-of-the-road audience, amongst which I count myself, very well. 'Buena Vista Social Club' is not the only album ever produced in Cuba. We have one of the strongest musical cultures in the Americas and beyond. You do your listeners a disservice by just playing the same old tracks from the same Cuban album, although occasionally you change it for the Ruben Gonzalez one.

Respectfully yours

A Cuban In London

www.cubaninlondon.blogspot.com

 
I'd like to hear it.
 
...Thanks Ry for this album but I'm about sick to death of it.

 cubaninlondon wrote:
Bill, mate, sorry for the informal approach but if you want to change your 'token' Cuban musical number, get in touch. I could send you some really heavy tunes that would suit your middle-of-the-road audience, amongst which I count myself, very well. 'Buena Vista Social Club' is not the only album ever produced in Cuba. We have one of the strongest musical cultures in the Americas and beyond. You do your listeners a disservice by just playing the same old tracks from the same Cuban album, although occasionally you change it for the Ruben Gonzalez one.

Respectfully yours

A Cuban In London

www.cubaninlondon.blogspot.com
 
^ This!
Bill, mate, sorry for the informal approach but if you want to change your 'token' Cuban musical number, get in touch. I could send you some really heavy tunes that would suit your middle-of-the-road audience, amongst which I count myself, very well. 'Buena Vista Social Club' is not the only album ever produced in Cuba. We have one of the strongest musical cultures in the Americas and beyond. You do your listeners a disservice by just playing the same old tracks from the same Cuban album, although occasionally you change it for the Ruben Gonzalez one.

Respectfully yours

A Cuban In London

www.cubaninlondon.blogspot.com


 bitbanger wrote:
 

With all due respect: blaming the existence of the brutal tyranny in Havana on the embargo is a bit difficult to fathom. It is unlikely that Fidel had any intention of establishing democratic institutions. He was a communist after all and was pushing the "dictatorship of the proletariat" nonsense through his propaganda engines. His ideological mentors and sponsors weren't that fond of democratic institutions either.

You do have an interesting point about censorship and 5th columnists. We in the US had very little suppression of the press during the cold war, allowing Soviet propaganda foster internal anti-American self loathing, which had become very fashionable in some circles. Oddly, the Soviets were so effective at this effort that it has become truly self sustaining. Now, I am not recommending that we tear up the first amendment. That way leads towards tyranny which would give the victory to the discredited Soviets even as their ideology is sitting on the dung-heap of history. It is unfortunate, however, that we are not more demanding of logical tests for the kind of political drivel that comes out of these circles.

 BTW, a 20th century political joke I heard the other day:

Q: What is the difference between Communists and Fascists?

A: The Communists have better PR.

 
"It's incredibly obvious, isn't it? A foreign substance is introduced into our precious bodily fluids without the knowledge of the individual. Certainly without any choice. That's the way your hard-core Commie works."

- General Jack D. Ripper
watch the move FREE on Hulu!

 
jagdriver wrote: 


I wonder why Latin music often has that whistling in it?  Had dinner at Maria's the other night and the mariachi band was doing it too.

Classic. Perfect for a smokin' hot day in Vancouver.
 Latin art! {#Dancingbanana_2}Sabor!
The best ... Lords of Cuban music, which delight.
Lo mejoR... Señores de la música cubana, que delicia.


Terrific video! ==> https://www.pbs.org/buenavista/
a wonderful favorite-

what a great set
{#Music}

 kaybee wrote:

You mean escapees like Luis Posedes and Hernando Bosch?  Terrorists who blew up a Cuban airliner, killing many of the passengers, including many non-Cubans as well as Cubans?

https://www.commondreams.org/headline/2008/10/06-2

https://www.counterpunch.org/pertierra04112006.html

No Cuba is not a "glorious paradise" nor is any country that has been embargoed by and attacked by open and covert operations for 30 years.  In fact, no country at war can be a democracy because if they didn't have censorship, the 5th column within would destroy it.  Check your history of the Allies during WWII.  You'll find they had censorship and curtailment of civil liberties.

Also Guantanamo Bay is own by the US not Cuba, even though it is on Cuban land.  Are not Americans jailed and tortured there without a trial?

I won't say any more except that anyone looking at this topic objectively from both sides will agree that Cuba has been far more sinned against than sinning.  Lift the embargo and have diplomacy with Cuba and you'll have your democracy.

  

With all due respect: blaming the existence of the brutal tyranny in Havana on the embargo is a bit difficult to fathom. It is unlikely that Fidel had any intention of establishing democratic institutions. He was a communist after all and was pushing the "dictatorship of the proletariat" nonsense through his propaganda engines. His ideological mentors and sponsors weren't that fond of democratic institutions either.

You do have an interesting point about censorship and 5th columnists. We in the US had very little suppression of the press during the cold war, allowing Soviet propaganda foster internal anti-American self loathing, which had become very fashionable in some circles. Oddly, the Soviets were so effective at this effort that it has become truly self sustaining. Now, I am not recommending that we tear up the first amendment. That way leads towards tyranny which would give the victory to the discredited Soviets even as their ideology is sitting on the dung-heap of history. It is unfortunate, however, that we are not more demanding of logical tests for the kind of political drivel that comes out of these circles.

 BTW, a 20th century political joke I heard the other day:

Q: What is the difference between Communists and Fascists?

A: The Communists have better PR.



Ibrahim Ferrer, R.I.P.
 jpfueler wrote:


Go talk to the escapees in Fl for info on the fine gov't that is Castro's Cuba.
The Artists you so love are quick to disappear if they do something the gov't doesn't like.

I am always amazed by folks who think Cuba is some glorious paradise for it's residents. So Castro (and now Raul) "spends" a bit on "Artists". perhaps allowing someone freedoms you obviously take for granted would be a better thing. Maybe things there would be nicer if one could say things like your Anti-Gov't statement without fear of jail  or firing squad. I mean, why should the displaced Cubans in FL be mad?...Castro only killed their relatives, stole their property, and other niggling trifles.

 
You mean escapees like Luis Posedes and Hernando Bosch?  Terrorists who blew up a Cuban airliner, killing many of the passengers, including many non-Cubans as well as Cubans?

https://www.commondreams.org/headline/2008/10/06-2

https://www.counterpunch.org/pertierra04112006.html

No Cuba is not a "glorious paradise" nor is any country that has been embargoed by and attacked by open and covert operations for 30 years.  In fact, no country at war can be a democracy because if they didn't have censorship, the 5th column within would destroy it.  Check your history of the Allies during WWII.  You'll find they had censorship and curtailment of civil liberties.

Also Guantanamo Bay is own by the US not Cuba, even though it is on Cuban land.  Are not Americans jailed and tortured there without a trial?

I won't say any more except that anyone looking at this topic objectively from both sides will agree that Cuba has been far more sinned against than sinning.  Lift the embargo and have diplomacy with Cuba and you'll have your democracy.

My son recently sent this CD to me for my birthday, saying that he had this great CD that he had been listening to.  I really like it and it is nice to see that there is hope for the next generation.
{#Cowboy}{#Bounce}
Perfect Sunday monring wakeup...ahhhhhh
kaybee wrote:
shutter wrote:
You really need to see the documentary of the same name to really appreciate how cool this album and Cooder's involvement is. These guys are really something of a Cuban treasure that Castro's Communist and Marxist treachery managed to nearly eliminate.I

I doubt very much that Castro tried to eliminate these musicians. Cuban music and the arts receive a lot of support from their government. Quite probably more than American musicians receive from their government. I get really pissed off when Americans cut down Cuba, especially after all the terrorism geared towards Cuba from the Miami anti-Castro Cubans who are backed by American government money.


Go talk to the escapees in Fl for info on the fine gov't that is Castro's Cuba.
The Artists you so love are quick to disappear if they do something the gov't doesn't like.

I am always amazed by folks who think Cuba is some glorious paradise for it's residents. So Castro (and now Raul) "spends" a bit on "Artists". perhaps allowing someone freedoms you obviously take for granted would be a better thing. Maybe things there would be nicer if one could say things like your Anti-Gov't statement without fear of jail  or firing squad. I mean, why should the displaced Cubans in FL be mad?...Castro only killed their relatives, stole their property, and other niggling trifles.

 shutter wrote:
You really need to see the documentary of the same name to really appreciate how cool this album and Cooder's involvement is.  These guys are really something of a Cuban treasure that Castro's Communist and Marxist treachery managed to nearly eliminate.I

I doubt very much that Castro tried to eliminate these musicians.  Cuban music and the arts receive a lot of support from their government.  Quite probably more than American musicians receive from their government.  I get really pissed off when Americans cut down Cuba, especially after all the terrorism geared towards Cuba from the Miami anti-Castro Cubans who are backed by American government money.


Listening to "Radio Havana" on shortwave last night, they announced the original female vocalist of the group, Omara Portuondo, has a new solo effort being released shortly.

You really need to see the documentary of the same name to really appreciate how cool this album and Cooder's involvement is.  These guys are really something of a Cuban treasure that Castro's Communist and Marxist treachery managed to nearly eliminate.
they were already famous.
the only thing ry cooder/wim wenders did for them was show them to the world (the english speaking world) in a very special way
Wasn't it Ry Cooder who "discovered" them, not that they needed discovering.
The cure for dengue fever! Gracias! Viva Cuba! :smile:
qosforever wrote:
It's curious how this legendary very old men get famous, when they were 80 years old.
There are several scenes in the movie that indicate those gentlemen had been pretty famous when they were young too. While visiting the Empire State Building, one man said he'd been there many years before, when he was touring with a band. Playing in NYC has always been a big deal, so he was probably fairly famous way back when too. No matter. It's great to see their music and culture embraced so warmly (again). c.
DoctorHooey wrote:
For those discussing it, please don't paint all Americans, or any culture with the same wide brush, just as you don't appreciate it when folks do it to you. Some of us are curious, seek knowledge and have a grasp of basic geography. :)
Amen to that!
This album, but this song in particular really makes me homesick for when I was about 10 years old. My family lived in Deep South Texas and sometime on weekends would gather up the kids and aunts and uncles and drive across the river to Matamoros, Mexico. We'd all have dinner at Al Pastor (open pit grilling of goats) and then roll over to The Drive In; a night club frequented by locals and gringos alike. They had a full brass, Frank Sinatra style band and all the drunks would get up and dance to music just like this. Those were the days and now it's all gone in a blur of over development and drug wars. This album is a really, really good take on some of the fine Spanish music that's out there.
For those discussing it, please don't paint all Americans, or any culture with the same wide brush, just as you don't appreciate it when folks do it to you. Some of us are curious, seek knowledge and have a grasp of basic geography. :)
You truly were lucky in that you got to see the masterful pianist Ruben Gonzalez. Wow, I mean wow, what an amazing player he was. To all of that group who have passed on since, R.I.P. :notworthy: :meditate:
Was lucky enough to see these guys in concert here in Houston about 7 years ago I believe, with Ibrahim Ferrer. Outstanding show and an overall phenomenal experience. :yes:
all time fav... i have this record on lp: 10 on cd: 9
meloman wrote:
My dearest testy Texan, Hannio, we have our share of dummies and bigots here, but at least they know where the countries they don't like are located!
That's correct. Some years ago, maybe five, I travelled to Albuq.,NM. On my flight between Dallas and Albuq. I had my seat beside a teacher(!), who asked me, whether Hitler's Nazi-party still collects many votes in elections in Germany. A TEACHER! :roflol: I could convince him of the fact, that war is over, Hitler dead, Germany democratic (Thanks to the USA btw!) and we even have warm water and electricity. Some days later I read the 'USA Today' during my breakfast and noticed, that international news are located nearly at the end of the newspaper, nearly behind the sports... This IS some sort of ignorance.
Yeah!!!! A caballo vamos pa'l monte...A caballo vamos pa'l monte!!! =D Buena Vista Social Club ruuuuuuleeees =D
viva de cuba~!
It's curious how this legendary very old men get famous, when they were 80 years old.
meloman wrote:
Are they still teaching world geography in schools there? I'm curious.
You never said if she could yodel ?!