SONS OF BUENA VISTA
IIn Cooperation with GLP
It all began with Wim Wenders’ "Musica Cubana". The movie, which was released in 2004 and tells the tale of a young Cuban band which rose to global stardom. And now what was fiction in the film seems to be happening for real. Under the name of "The Sons of Buena Vista", the artists from "Musica Cubana" are really setting out to conquer the world. Their sequel is called "Con un poco de ayuda" (With a little help) and it contains excellent up-to-the-minute Latin music which should soon delight listeners everywhere.
The Buena Vista Social Club was yesterday: now it is the turn of children and grandchildren to have their say. On tracks like the son classic "Chan Chan" by Compay Segundo and "Los herederos" ("The Heirs”), the next generation builds on the foundations of the tradition with an up-to-the-minute sound which expresses the joie de vivre of Cuban young people today.
Telmary Diaz, Cuba’s leading female rapper, demonstrates in "Merengue pilon" that she really has her ear to the ground. Her fashionably styled fellow musician Mario Mayito Rivera (Los Van Van), whom a journalist once aptly called "the Mick Jagger of Cuba” demonstrates his outstanding vocal skills on the Latin pop track "Y sigo buscando". Luis Frank (Soneros de Verdad) comes across as a wonderful crooner on his moving piano ballad "Suave murmullo". And Osdalgia Lesmes, whose solo debut "La Culebra" won the prized Cubadisco, melts soulfully through the wonderful slow song "Longina".
Grammy winner El Nene is in the limelight on a number of songs. He sings with overwhelming passion in his voice.
The youngest participants include impressive talents among musicians and singersn real discovery with star qualities, interpreting with wonderful freshness and confidence bewitching us with a charming and delightful interpretation.
On this CD "Con Un Poco de Ayuda" (With a little help) , Pio Leiva from Buena Vista Social Club bids farewell to his fans. Shortly before he died at the grand age of eighty-eight he handed on the torch to his younger colleagues, on "Con un poco de ayuda" so that the flame of Cuban music can continue to burn brightly in the future.