Perceptions of authenticity in the performance of Cuban popular music in the United Kingdom: ‘Globalized incuriosity’ in the promotion and reception of uK-based Charanga del Norte’s music since 1998
Drawing on my own experiences both as a performer and researcher of Cuban music, this article challenges the essentialism inherent in much promotion of ‘Latin’ music in the United Kingdom today, illustrating how issues of ethnicity and gender affect perceptions of authenticity by means of a case study of Charanga del Norte, a UK-grown Cuban music dance band, over the last fifteen years.
I have two entries on Cuban son and guajira in this excellent new book edited by David Horn. You can pre-order your copy from Amazon (link below)
STOP PRESS CHARANGA DEL NORTE BACK GIGGING IN 2013 Starting with a FREE LUNCHTIME gig at the Mumford Theatre, East Road in Cambridge. CHARANGA DEL NORTE Charanga del Norte perform at the Mumford Theatre on Friday 8 February @1pm 1.10 pm, Mumford Theatre, Cambridge Charanga del Norte Venue information form the following link: http://www.anglia.ac.uk/ruskin/en/home/faculties/alss/deps/mpa/events/lunchtime_concerts.html#feb
Here’s an on- stage live recording from my Edirol recorder of me and Jack soloing together at our Instituto Cervantes gig in Manchester on 29 February
Estrellas Cubanas performed the Danzon Amalia Batista by Rodrigo Prats at the Danzon Festival in Havana in 2007 – do contact me if you’re interested in promoting an exchange project between Estrellas Cubanas and Charanga del Norte.
Charanga del Norte will be resuming gigging in 2013 as the bandleader is relocating to Cambridge meantime here’s some video of the band performing live at the Civic.
Charanga Soleil invited me to play SOB’s After-Work Salsa Groove on Friday, June 1, 2012.
Performing were: Cathy Lopez and Goussy Celestin (lead vocals); Hadar Noiberg (flute, vocals, musical director); Lewis Kahn (violin, trombone); Junior Rivera (tres, vocals); William Ash (bass); Sergio Rivera (piano); John Berdeguer (percussion, vocals) and Diego Lopez (drums, timbales).
As an extra-special treat, the band was joined by the exceptional flutist SUE MILLER bandleader of Charanga del Norte out of Leeds, England!
This is my homage to Melquiades Fundora who died on 14 February 2009 I have played alongside him with La Sublime in Havana in 2006 and 2007 and this performance at the Cabaret Nacional in Havana on April 6th 2009 was a tribute to him as one of the founders of Orquesta Sublime in 1955. [...]
Free Cuban Music concert by students from the School of Music at The Clothworkers Centenary Hall,the University of Leeds 6pm (refreshments from 5.30pm). A Cuban Music Big Band plus a charanga line-up and son band directed by Sue Miller perform the dance styles son, son montuno, descarga (jam session) , pachanga, danzon and chachacha.
I’m giving a talk and then Charanga del Norte perform at Instituto Cervantes in Manchester on Wednesday 25 January 6.30pm. Check out their website for further details