Cuba Classics 2: Dancing With the Enemy

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Eso No Es Na 03:28
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Manzanillo 04:46
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Yayabo 02:53
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No Me Llores 05:20
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Fiesta Brava 03:13
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Sacoco 02:22
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Papá Ogún 03:20

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These selections were released here in '91, compiled by Ned Sublette, who says: "This album is an impure, by no means definitive, collection of newly available recordings that almost no one in this country knows. The emphasis is on the '60's and '70's, but some were recorded after, and some were re-recordings of older tunes".
An absolute favorite is Caridad Cuervo with the Conjunto Caney, singing a cha-cha, "Eres la Candela"...one of those tracks that gets the "repeat" function a lot. Celeste Mendoza's "Mi Rumba Echando Candela" is also terrific, as is "Eso no es Na" by María Teresa Vera, a legendary singer with a career that spanned nearly 30 years, ending in the early '60's.
You'll wonder what hit you with the Orquesta Revé's "Fifi, Teté y Popó"...it's kind of 50's American pop/rock 'n' roll...both the Orquesta Original de Manzanillo, and Pancho El Bravo ("Mis Compadres Puntean Son" is wonderful) are charangas, with that great Cuban flute playing.
Los Van Van are perhaps the most well known name on this CD, with more of a "modern" style, like the Conjunto Rumbavana's "No Me Llores", which is among my favorites on this recording...an odd-ball compilation, it's certainly unique, and who can resist "Eres la Candela" !

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released January 1, 1992

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Luaka Bop is a record label established by David Byrne in 1989.

Luaka Bop has released compilations as full-length albums, EPs, cassettes, and singles from individual artists like William Onyeabor, Floating Points, Doug Hream Blunt, Tim Maia, and Os Mutantes. ... more

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