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Sierra Maestra

Havana-based group Sierra Maestra is one of the foremost bands performing the Cuban son style, which enjoyed its height of popularity in the '20s and '30s. Though son experienced significant revival and renewed international interest thanks to the late-'90s Buena Vista Social Club phenomenon, Sierra Maestra gave the music a new lease on life as early as the late '70s. Headed by Juan d'Marcos González, the nine-piece outfit came together in 1976 for a performance at the University of Havana, the musicians' alma mater. Utilizing traditional instrumentation including tres, guitar, bongo, guiro, trumpet, and voice, joined by congas, maracas, and electric base, the musicians named their group after the mountain range where son was born. Band leader González was joined by Daniel Ramos Alayo (trumpet), Carlos González (bongo), Carlos Pisseaux (guiro), Alberto Valdés (maracas and voice), Luis Bárgaza (voice), José Antonio Rodríguez (guitar and voice), Eduardo Himely (bass and conga), and Alejandro Suárez (clave and voice). Through regular performance and television appearances, Sierra Maestra became a national favorite, winning national awards in their first three years in operation. The band's debut recording, Sierra Maestra Llegó con el Guanajo Relleno, earned silver status in the year of its release, 1981. Popular critical reception and widespread popularity opened doors for international touring in the early '80s. Following their sophomore release, Y Son Así (1982), Sierra Maestra toured all over Europe, appearing at important festivals in Sweden, France, Germany, and Spain. Starting with their 1994 release Dundunbanza!, Sierra Maestra's recordings soon became available to international audiences. Their discography grew significantly throughout the '90s and 2000s, including better than a dozen titles by 2006's Son: Soul of a Nation. The musicians' commitment to the repertoire of artists such as Arsenio Rodríguez and the compositions of their own members earned them a reputation as both artful custodians of a tradition and brilliant innovators as well. ~ Evan C. Gutierrez
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Son: Soul of a Nation

1. El Son No Puede Fallar

2. Al Vaiven De Mi Carreta

3. Santa Isabel De Las Lajas

4. Ausentia / Aurora / Se Fue / La Mora

5. Bruca Manigua

6. A La Loma De Belen

7. Pa' Quien Un Pollito (version libre)

8. El Paso Franco-Bardo

9. No Hay Como Mi Son ( Mi Son, Mi Son, Mi Son)

10. Si Me Pudieras Querer

11. Suavecito

12. Olvido

13. La Yuca De Casimiro ( DIle A Catalina)

14. El Son Es Para Siempre

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Track List: Rumbero Soy

1. La Caminadora

2. Sabina Gomez

3. Junto A Un Canaveral

4. Rumbero Soy

5. Convergencia

6. Semilla De Cana Brava

7. Camina Como Chencha

8. Llora Como Yo Llore

9. Macuterendey

10. Como Me Gusta Maria

11. Carnaval En Camaguey

12. El Cumpleanos De Emilio

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Track List: Viaje A La Semilla

1. A Pogoloti

2. Bruca Maniguá

3. Oye Mi Consejo / La Vida Es Sueño (Tributo A Arsenio Rodríguez)

4. A La Loma De Belén / El Guajiro De Cunagua / Con El Dos No Lo Pierdo / Antología De Los Soneros

5. Cachito Pa' Huelé

6. El Cuartico

7. Se Tiró Con La Guagua Andando

8. Avellana Y Maní

9. El Swing

10. Y Ser Tu Canción

11. Ensalada De Congas Orientales

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Track List: Tibiri Tabara

1. Tibiri Tabara

2. Donde Va Chichi

3. Yo Soy Tiburon

4. Marieta

5. Son Para Ti

6. Felipe Blanco

7. En El Silencio De La Noche

8. El Guararey De Pastora

9. Con La Espuela

10. Anabacoa

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Track List: Criolla Karabalí

1. Elena La Cumbanchera

2. Aunque Mami No Quiera

3. Abandonada - Blancas Azucenas

4. Castigador

5. Malanga Murió

6. Changó Ta Vení

7. Trompeta Querida

8. De Cigarro En Cigarro - Quiéreme

9. El Reloj De La Pastora

10. Criolla Carabalí

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Track List: Son Highlights From Cuba

1. Como Me Gusta

3. Vuelvo A La Vida

4. Guajira Guantanamera

5. Juana Pena

6. Elena La Cumbanchera

8. Yolanda

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Beautiful... . . . . . . . .

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The sound of memories.
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que musica mas bella de nuestro pais!
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Sierra Mestra...de mis preferidos en la musica tradicional cubana. Y chiquitico con esa voz mas grande que su estatura...E P D . A gozarrr!!!!
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Beautiful
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dificil conjugar maestria y virtuosismo para bailar, pero la musica cubana lo consigue de manera perfecta, Gloria a la musica cubana

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Bellissima
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Musica Pura
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que viva la sierra maestra de los heroes de la dignidad latinoameric a n a
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TERRIFIC
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Que recuerdos llegan a mi mente con esta cancion.La musica pura.Nice!!
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Alma de la Sierra....mu c h a s gracias de un Mexicano en el exilio Siberiano

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