Buena Vista Social Club Presents • Omara Portuondo

Buena Vista Social Club Presents • Omara Portuondo
FLAC | 124,5 MB & 113,01 MB | 2000
mp3  256kbps | File Size: 74.04 MB | 2000

Tracklist :
01. La Sitiera
02. He Perdido Contigo
03. Donde Estebas Tu?
04. Mariposita De Primavera
05. Canta Lo Sentimental
06. Ella Y Yo
07. No Me Vayas A Enganar
08. No Me Llores Mas
09. Veinte Anos
10. El Hombre Que Yo Ame (The Man I Love)
11. Siempre En Mi Corazon

About Omara Portuondo
Portuondo was born in October 1930 in Havana, one of three sisters; her mother came from a wealthy Spanish family, and had created a scandal by running off with and marrying a black professional baseball player. Omara started her career in 1945 as a dancer at Havana’s Tropicana Club (following her older sister, Haydee).
The two sisters used to sing for family and friends, however, and after a brief time in a band called Loquibambia Swing, in 1952 they got together with two friends (Elena Burke and Moraima Secada) and formed the singing group Cuarteto D’Aida, backed by pianist Aida Diestro. The group had considerable success, touring the United States, performing with Nat King Cole at the Tropicana, and recording an album for RCA Victor.In 1959 Portuondo recorded a solo album, Magia Negra, involving both jazz and Cuban music. This didn’t, however, mark the beginning of a solo career, and although Haydee left the group in 1961 in order to live in the U.S., Omara continued singing with Cuarteto las d’Aida until 1967.
In 1967 Portuondo embarked on a solo career, and in the same year represented Cuba at the Sopot Festival in Poland, singing Juanito Marquez’ «Como un Milagro». Alongside her solo work, in the 1970s she sang with charanga band Orquesta Aragon, and toured with them both in the Communist and non-Communist worlds.In 1974 she recorded, with guitarist Martin Rojas, what would become one of her most critically acclaimed albums in which she sings praises to Salvador AllendeChile a year after the military coup led by General Augusto Pinochet. Among many other hits from the album, she also praises the work of Ernesto «Che» Guevara in the beautiful «Hasta Siempre Comandante». and the people of. During the 1970s and 1980s Portuondo enjoyed considerable success at home and abroad, with tours, albums (including one of her most lauded recordings in 1984 with Adalberto Alvarez), film roles, and her own television series. Her international profile was due to soar, however, in 1996.
Portuondo sang (duetting with Ibrahim Ferrer) on the album Buena Vista Social Club in 1996. This led, not only to more touring (including playing at Carnegie Hall with the Buena Vista troupe) and her appearance in Wim Wenders’ film The Buena Vista Social Club, but to two further albums for the World Circuit label: Buena Vista Social Club Presents Omara Portuondo (2000) and Flor de AmorClassic Open Air am Gendarmenmarkt for an audience of 7,000. The entire program was specially orchestrated by Roberto Sanchez Ferrer, a conductor/pianist with whom she had worked during her early years at Havana’s Tropicana Club. Scott Lawton conducted the Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg. In 2007 she is performing the title role to sold out audiences in Lizt Alfonso’s dance musical «Vida», the story of modern Cuba through the eyes and with the memories of an old woman. In this same year, her performance at the Montreal Jazz Festival was released on DVD. She recorded in 2008 a duets album with Brazilian singer Maria Bethania, named Maria Bethania e Omara Portuondo. (2004). In July 2005 she presented a symphonic concert of her most important repertoire at the Berlin Festival
Η Omara Portuondo «ανακαλύφθηκε» από τη μουσική βιομηχανία, κατ’ αρχάς, και από τα δυτικά ακροατήρια, στη συνέχεια, στην Κούβα, όπως λίγα χρόνια πριν είχε «ανακαλυφθεί» σε ένα άλλο απομονωμένο μέρος του κόσμου, το Πράσινο Ακρωτήρι, η Cesaria Evora. Η Evora και η Portuondo είναι κάποιες από τις τελευταίες (ίσως, οι απολύτως τελευταίες) ανεξάρτητες, αυτονομημένες, αυθεντικές φωνές στο δυσοίωνο σκηνικό της παγκόσμιας πολιτιστικής ομογενοποίησης και ελεγχόμενης εμπορευματοποίησης. Η διάδοση της μουσικής τους πρότασης έφερε ουσιαστική ανανέωση στα ακούσματά μας και δικαίως οι ερμηνείες τους έγιναν ανάρπαστες στα ακροατήρια διεθνώς.
Η Omara ήταν η μοναδική γυναίκα που έπαιρνε μέρος στη μεγάλη μουσική γιορτή του Buena Vista Social Club, του φιλμ του Wim Wenders, που, με την προβολή του στις κινηματογραφικές αίθουσες το 1997 και με την ηχητική του επένδυση, επανέφερε το κουβανέζικο «son» στην καρδιά της μουσικής επικαιρότητας. Μετά την πολύ επιτυχημένη κυκλοφορία σε CD αρχικά του σάουντρακ και ακολούθως των προσωπικών άλμπουμ των Ibrahim Ferrer και Ruben Gonzalez, η επιλογή της κυκλοφορίας ενός σόλο δίσκου της Omara ήταν προφανής.
Με ερμηνεία αυστηρά ελεγχόμενη, από άποψη τεχνική, αλλά ταυτόχρονα και εκρηκτικά συναισθηματική, η Portuondo παρουσιάζει έντεκα τραγούδια πνιγμένα στο γλυκόπικρο ρομαντισμό, που κάνει τη μουσική της Κούβας μοναδική.
Το μελαγχολικό «He Perdido Contigo» είναι επιλεγμένο από το ρεπερτόριο της θρυλικής Maria Teresa Vera, μιας από τις ηρωίδες της Omara. Το «Mariposita De Primavera» είναι ένα τραγούδι σε στιλ «habanera», με συμμετοχή κουαρτέτου εγχόρδων, που αναβιώνει την αίσθηση των καμπαρέ της παλιάς Αβάνας. Στο bolero «Canta Lo Sentimental» ακούγεται η ηλεκτρική κιθάρα του Manuel Galban, ο οποίος έπαιζε και στην εκτέλεση του ίδιου τραγουδιού της δεκαετίας του ’60, με το δημοφιλές φωνητικό σύνολο Los Zafiros. Το «Ella Y Yo» είναι ένα από τα διαμάντια του στιλ «trova», με δύο κλαρινέτα σε ενορχήστρωση του Compay Segundo, στην οποία συμμετέχει και ο ίδιος παίζοντας κιθάρα. Το «Me No Vayas Enganar» είναι ένα bolero-cha με σόλο τρομπέτα από τον Guajiro Mirabal. Στο «No Me Ilores Mas», σύνθεση του Arsenio Rodriguez, η Omara τραγουδά ντουέτο με τον Ibrahim Ferrer, ενώ στο πιάνο αυτοσχεδιάζει ο εκπληκτικός Ruben Gonzalez, που ήταν ο πιανίστας του Arsenio στα ’40s. Το «El Hombre Que Yo Ame (The Man I Love)» του Gershwin είναι το μόνο μη κουβανέζικο τραγούδι του δίσκου και παραπέμπει στην πρώτη ραδιοφωνική εμφάνιση της Omara. Tο άλμπουμ τελειώνει με το «Siempre En Mi Corazon», μια κουβανέζικη μελωδία που έκαναν δημοφιλή στην Αμερική ορχήστρες μαέστρων όπως ο Glenn Miller.
Κριτική από: Σπύρος Αλεξόπουλος, Hitech

Buena Vista Social Club At Carnegie Hall

Buena Vista Social Club
Buena Vista Social Club at Carnegie Hall
World Circuit

There is an old joke about a young man walking the streets of New York City with a violin case under his arm. After failing to find the address he’s looking for, he stops and asks the first person he sees for directions. «How do I get to Carnegie Hall?» he inquires. Without blinking an eye, the other man replies, «Practice, my dear man, practice.» Ten years ago this prestigious hall, which has witnessed some of the best musicians and bands through the ages, hosted a «one-off» event featuring the Buena Vista Social Club band.

It has been said that every artist who stands on the Carnegie stage is standing on history anchored by excellence. And surely, the Buena Vista debut cannot be described otherwise than as momentous. Beside becoming the all-time best selling record in the world music genre, the Buena Vista Social Club (World Circuit, 1997) studio album did something more than that—it promoted Cuban culture in a way that hadn’t been done before (or since Tony Montana). The record was brimming with magic and full of songs from the vast trove of musical treasures with which Cuba is plentiful.

But the performance at Carnegie Hall on the 1st of July 1998 remains the pinnacle of the Buena Vista project. Ten years after the event, Buena Vista Social Club at Carnegie Hall has been, at last, released—for everyone who was there to remember, and everyone else to enjoy.

It’s possible that no music has ever appealed to so many people around the globe as has Cuban music. With so many different roots and influences, no wonder it has enchanted and seduced such a diverse collection of peoples. Somehow there is something for everyone. The island’s music, instruments and dances are mostly of European (particularly Spanish) and African origin. Most forms of the present day are creolized fusions and mixtures of these two great sources. Large numbers of African slaves and European (mostly Spanish) immigrants came to Cuba and brought their own forms of music to the island. There were even Chinese indentured laborers later in the 19th century.

All these peoples brought their musics and instruments and the plethora of influences spawned a myriad of styles. Since the 19th century, Cuban music has been hugely popular and influential throughout the world and has produced many celebrated artists and songs. Through the years, music has been the most exported Cuban product beside cigars, rum and revolutions.

But the Buena Vista Social Club album, the Wim Wenders film and subsequent solo recordings by some of the participants were truly a revolution. Artists like these don’t come along too often, and though some of them were well known and respected prior to Buena Vista, it took 70, 80 or 90 years for their 15 minutes of fame to come on a global level.

The music throughout Buena Vista Social Club at Carnegie Hall is a deep pleasure—melodic and full of warmth. The songs beg for motion from the listener. «Chan Chan» will surely draw a smile on your face as soon as you hear the now familiar chords. It is impossible to remain still while listening to songs like «Candela,» «El Cuarto de Tula» and «El Carratero,» as they raise the temperature with impassioned vocals and faster tempos. The boleros—»Quizas, Quizas,» «Veinte Anos» and «Dos Gardenias»—are magnificent. There are three tracks heard on Introducing Ruben Gonzales (World Circuit, 1997)—»Mandinga,» «Siboney» and «Almendra.»

As for guitarist (and producer) Ry Cooder, his performance may be surprising to those familiar only with his signature style. Here he’s a tender and sensitive contributor who never dominates (check «Silencio»). Cooder nevertheless plays a key role in an ensemble that has produced a highly enjoyable debut. Glimpses of the triumph at Carnegie Hall can be seen in the Wenders movie, where the group is seen performing «Chan Chan» for their encore (not included on the audio disc), and when bandleader Juan de Marcos’ aunt brought the Cuban flag on the stage.

With high-spirited ecstasy sprinkled throughout this recording, Buena Vista Social Club at Carnegie Hall is a hard album to sit still through, and an even harder one to listen to just once. These songs recapture the magic of the studio record. They shine with the same glow and evoke an era that is long gone.

CD1:Chan Chan; De Camino A La Vereda; El Cuarto De Tula; La Enganadora; Buena Vista Social Club; Dos Gardenias; Quizas, Quizas; Veinte. CD2: Orgullecida; Y Tu Que Has Hecho? Siboney; Mandinga; Almendra; El Carretero; Candela; Silencio.

Personnel: Octavio Calder: trumpet; Joachim Cooder, drums, percussion; Ry Cooder, guitars; Angel «Terry» Domech, congas; Ibrahim Ferrer, vocals; Roberto Garcia: bongos, cowbell, guiro; Hugo Garzen: vocals; Juan de Marcos Gonzalez: bandleader, coro, guiro; Ruben Gonzalez, piano; Pao Leyva: vocals; Manuel «Puntillita» Licea: vocals; Orlando «Cachato» Lopez: bass; Manuel «Guajiro» Mirabal: trumpet; Eliades Ochoa: guitar, vocals; Omara Portuondo: vocals; Jesus «Aguaje» Ramos: bandleader for Ruben Gonzalez, trombone; Salvador Repilado: bass; Compay Segundo; guitar, vocals; Benito Suarez Magana: guitar; Barbarito Torres: laoud; Alberto «Virgilio» Valdes: maracas, coro; Amadito Valdes: timbales.