V.A. / CHANGUI, the Sound of Guantanamo


Between 2017 and 2019 music journalist Gianluca Tramontana traveled to the Guantánamo region of Cuba and immersed himself in a 150-plus-year-old culture of rural, riff-based, foot- stomping, largely improvised music. Through his journey into changüí music he recorded these musicians in their homes, backyards, and porches. The results are three and a half hours of music played for the sole purpose of making you dance ’til you drop.
“I fell in love with Cuba, its people, and its music long before working on the Buena Vista Social Club project. The country, from Punta de Maisí in the East to María la Gorda in the far West, has so much to offer that even after close to 30 years of traveling through the island, I feel I’ve only touched the surface. This glorious set is a case in point. The Guantánamo region has so much culture to discover. Many musicologists consider changüí the predecessor of the “son” we recorded on Buena Vista Social Club and I can hear it, too.”
— NICK GOLD

Disc 01
01. Grupo Estrellas Campesinas / Changuien Yateras
02. Grupo Familia Vera / Inspiracion De Los Pueblos
03. Grupo Changuide Guantanamo / Hazlo Como Yo
04. Las Flores Del Changui / Cuidao Con La Lengua
05. El Guajiro Y Su Changui / A Los Salseros
06. Melquiades Y Su Changui / Vamos A La Rumba
07. Mikikiwith His Brothers / El Viaje Lo Pago Yo
08. Pedro Vera / Eugenio Vera’s Introduction Song
09. Grupo Estrellas Campesinas / Reclamacion Al Changum
10. Mikikiwith His Brothers / A Mi Madre Lloraba
11. Popo Y Su Changui / Se Acabaron Los Guapos En Yateras
12. Grupo Changuide Guantanamo / Latamble Tocando El Tres
13. Las Flores Del Changui / Guarijira
14. Grupo Familia Vera / Guajiro Guapo En Yateras
15. Mikikiwith His Brothers And Magdalena Wilson Preval / A
16. Popo Y Su Changui / Alumbrame Que Te Quiero Ver
17. Mikikiy Su Changui / Introduction Song
18. Popo Y Su Changui / Hidden Track
Disc 02
01. Grupo Estrellas Campesinas / Mujer De Mi Pams
02. Melquiades Y Su Changui / Envidia No Mata
03. El Guajiro Y Su Changui / Se Quiere Tu Baillar Changum
04. Las Flores Del Changui / Guajira Cubana
05. Popo Y Su Changui / Vamos A Cafetal, Nicolasa
06. Mikikiwith His Brothers / Medley: Mi Cafetal-sarandonga
07. Popo Y Su Changui / Llego La Tradicion
08. Armando “yu” Rey Leliebre / 30 De Agosto
09. Grupo Familia Vera / La Rumba Te Llama
10. Las Flores Del Changui / Ochun
11. Mikikiy Su Changui / Los Santos Mi Estan Llamando
12. Popo Y Su Changui / Cuidemos La Capa De Ozono
13. Grupo Changuide Guantanamo / La Chacona Pide Un Consuel
14. Mikikiwith His Brothers / La Llevo Al Megaton
15. Pedro & Eugenio Vera / Me Hace Falta Una Negra
16. Mikikiwith His Brothers / De Aquipa’ Italia
17. Popo Y Su Changui / Al Festival De Yateras
Disc 03
01. Grupo Estrellas Campesinas / Guararey De Pastora
02. Celso Fernandez Rojas, “el Guajiro” And Jose Andres Rod
03. Mikikiy Su Changui / Yo Vivo Solito En El Mundo
04. Las Flores Del Changui / Alto Songo
05. Mikikiwith His Brothers / Amigo Tabera
06. Popo Y Su Changui / Vamos A La Quinta
07. Grupo Familia Vera / El Tres De Pedro Vera
08. Armando “yu” Rey Leliebre / Guararey De Pastora
09. Grupo Estrellas Campesinas / Digno De Lastima
10. Grupo Changuide Guantanamo / Toca Marmmbula, Olivares
11. Mikikiwith His Brothers / En Casa De Bella-changuicomo
12. El Guajiro Y Su Changui / Hay Un No Se Que
13. Grupo Familia Vera / La Sardina Rumbera
14. Mikikiwith His Brothers / La Musica Llamada Changum
15. Celso Fernandez Rojas, “el Guajiro” And Jose Andres Rod
16. Popo Y Su Changui / Goodbye Song

3-CD BOX SET AND 120-PAGE COMPREHENSIVE BOOK

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