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Ned Sublette
"Ned Sublette is a singer-songwriter, co-founder of QBADISC Records, and co-producer of "Afropop Worldwide" on National Public Radio. He has compiled and been executive producer of many albums of Cuban music. For "Afropop Worldwide" he has, with Sean Barlow, co-produced live concert recordings by Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, Cheb Khaled, Thomas Mapfumo, Gilberto Gil and many others. He has produced "Afropop Worldwide" programs on the music of Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Brazil, Venezuela, Haiti, Jamaica, Nigeria, the African communities of Lisbon, and many flavors of African-American music. Ned says, "My listings would have emphasized contemporary Cuban music much more, but I felt I should disqualify myself from listing records I myself compiled, produced or issued. I've been involved with most of the contemporary Cuban records that have been released in the last two and a half years (as of 1994). Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, Celina González, Los Van Van, NG La Banda, Orquesta Ritmo Oriental, Dan Den, Pablo Milanés, Carlos Varela, etc. -- that's where I've been. I hope that the discrimination against these musicians will end soon and that they will be allowed to compete fully in the North American market, where they will kick butt." "

Ned_Sublette@descarga.com

Here are some reviews by Ned Sublette

Arsenio Rodriguez Y Su Conjunto, Arsenio Rodriguez Y Su Conjunto, Vol. 1
CD (Ansonia 1337),
"These aren't his greatest sides -- that might be the collection 'A Todos Los Barrios,' though I don't like the sound on the CD reissue of that title. But Arsenio is always great, and, as I'm a guitarist, his extended tres jam on 'Linda Cubana' does it for me."
Category: Salsa/Son => Son, Guaracha, Guajira=> Cuba
ORDER TL-1726.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Canario Y Su Grupo, Plenas
CD (Ansonia 1232),
"If you care about Puerto Rican music, you care about the plena, and if you care about the plena, you have this."
Category: Folkloric => Plena/Bomba=> Puerto Rico
ORDER TL-7768.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Celina Y Reutilio, Santa Barbara
CD (Antilla 31),
"From her duo with her now-deceased husband Reutilio. At the time they were made they were among the frankest expressions of Santería themes in Cuban popular music. The title song, better known as 'Que Viva Changó,' might be the best known song in modern Cuba."
Category: Salsa/Son => Son, Guaracha, Guajira=> Cuba
ORDER TL-11144.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Conjunto Guaguanco Matancero, Guaguanco - Con Papin Y Sus Rumberos
CD (Antilla 565),
"The 'Conjunto Guaguancó Matancero' is better known as Los Muñequitos de Matanzas. One half of this album is their classic first recordings with Saldinguera and Virulilla singing; the other half is by Los Papines from Havana. A must-have. "
Category: Folkloric => Rumba And/Or Santeria/Lucumi=> Cuba
ORDER TL-11150.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Los Papines, Guaguanco - Con Papin Y Sus Rumberos
CD (Antilla 565),
"The 'Conjunto Guaguancó Matancero' is better known as Los Muñequitos de Matanzas. One half of this album is their classic first recordings with Saldinguera and Virulilla singing; the other half is by Los Papines from Havana. A must-have. "
Category: Folkloric => Rumba And/Or Santeria/Lucumi=> Cuba
ORDER TL-11150.12 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Cortijo Y Su Combo, Baile Con Cortijo Y Su Combo
CD (Seeco 9130),
"Santurce's Rafael Cortijo and Ismael Rivera are national heroes in Puerto Rico. Again, impossible to pick just one of their records, but this one is tops. Then maybe try Quítate De La Via, Perico."
Category: Folkloric => Plena/Bomba=> Puerto Rico
ORDER TL-1878.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

El Gran Combo, 30 Anniversario: Bailando Con El Mundo
CD (Combo 2091),Released 1992;
"A greatest hits from Puerto Rico's biggest crowd-pleasers: 'La Muerte,' 'Don Goyo,' 'Por El Pecho No,' 'Brujería,' 'Un Verano En Nueva York.'"
Category: Salsa/Son => Salsa=> Puerto Rico
ORDER TL-11961.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Mi Gran Pasion
CD (Universal/Pimienta 360613),Released 1991;Re-Issued 2004;
"He's a still-developing artist and it's too early to say where he'll go. This is the masterwork of his early period -- an affectionate, imaginative take on danzón, the music he grew up hearing his father's charanga play. The band includes Reynaldo Melián on trumpet, Roberto Vizcaino on percussion, and now-New Yorker Horacio 'El Negro' Hernández on drums."
Category: Latin Jazz => Latin Jazz=> Cuba
ORDER TL-10246.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Jerry Gonzalez, Rumba Para Monk - Jerry Gonzalez & Fort Apache Band
CD (Sunnyside SSC1036D),Released 1989;
"The best Latin jazz record out of New York in many years. These are among the few guys who really understand both jazz and Latin music."
Category: Latin Jazz => Latin Jazz
ORDER TL-10502.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Ruben Blades, Siembra
CD (Fania Codigo 502109),Released 1978;Re-Issued 2010;
"Hard to say whether to go with this one or 'Metiendo Mano.' These two albums combine the visions of Willie Colon, maybe salsa's most original producer, and Rubén Blades, maybe salsa's most original lyricist. Of the two, 'Siembra' came later, and sold bigger. You can hear why this was a high point of 70s salsa."
Category: Salsa/Son => Salsa: Classic 1960s Or 1970s New York
ORDER TL-280.11 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Sexteto Habanero, Son Cubano 1924-27
CD (Tumbao 01),Re-Issued 1991;
"You need to own at least one classic 20s son sextet and this would be my choice. Featuring Abelardo Barroso. (To hear Barroso in the '50s, get Orquesta Sensacion's Tiene Sabor.)"
Category: Salsa/Son => Son, Guaracha, Guajira=> Cuba
ORDER TL-10460.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart

Totico, Totico Y Sus Rumberos
CD (Montuno 515),Re-Issued 1992;
"One of my favorite Latin New York albums. You have to hear the guaguancó version of the doo-wop number 'What's Your Name?' to believe it."
Category: Folkloric => Rumba And/Or Santeria/Lucumi=> Cuba
ORDER TL-11430.10 CD Add to My Shopping Cart



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