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Juan de Marcos & The Afro-Cuban All Stars

Juan de Marcos 
& The Afro-Cuban All Stars

Thursday, April 13, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

 

Juan de Marcos & The Afro-Cuban All Stars

After gaining international fame for reviving the classic sound of Cuban son, tres master Juan de Marcos turned the Afro-Cuban All Stars into a sensational showcase for Cuba’s most prodigious young musicians. While long revered in Latin America and Europe as a founding member of Cuba’s great son revival band Sierra Maestra, de Marcos first gained notice in the US as founder of the Buena Vista Social Club. It was de Marcos who assembled Ibrahim Ferrer, Eliades Ochoa, Ruben Gonzalez and the rest of the crew for Ry Cooder when he came to Havana looking for illustrious old timers. But de Marcos is just as interested in promoting Cuba’s brilliant young musicians as in highlighting Cuba’s senior talent. The Afro-Cuban All Stars not only features a multi-generational cast, the group draws on both classic Cuban styles like son and danzón and contemporary dance rhythms like timba. “What I’m trying to do is create a bridge between contemporary and traditional Cuban music,” de Marcos says. “I’m trying to mix both things so people can realize that Cuban music didn’t stop in time, that it developed in this long period when Cuban music disappeared from the market.” All four of the Afro-Cuban All Stars shows sold out in Season 2, so get your tickets early!

"(de Marcos) has probably done more than any other person to bring traditional Cuban music to people outside the island. " — Miami Herald
"A thrillingly autentico survey of the colorful panorama of Cuban music, from religious batumbata beats through contemporary timba jams. " — Village Voice

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