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May 8, 2003 | Agustin Gurza, Times Staff Writer
The Afro-Cuban All Stars turned their Royce Hall concert Tuesday into an usher's nightmare. The dazzling 17-member orchestra had the entire audience on its feet, with couples dancing in the aisles and on the balconies. By the end, with the house lights up, it felt as if a big party had broken out on a school night at UCLA's stately theater. Normally it's frustrating to watch salsa bands in a concert setting because there's no place to dance, and ushers try to keep the aisles clear.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2000 | ERNESTO LECHNER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Listening to the Afro-Cuban All-Stars perform "Distinto, Diferente (Unique, Different)," the title track from their recent second album and a scathing condemnation of the mediocrity currently afflicting the music scene in Cuba, one couldn't help notice the irony. On Friday at UCLA's Royce Hall, the 18-piece group led by tres player Juan de Marcos Gonzalez was anything but distinto and diferente.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 1999 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Cuba has had a rich, roiling musical history for much of the 20th century, even though its sociopolitical isolation in the past few decades has kept it out of the global mainstream. That reality-based obstacle hasn't kept the music from filtering off the island, feeding various strains of Afro-Cuban rhythmic styles into the jazz world and disseminating the infectious pulse of salsa music around the world.
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July 3, 1998 | JORDAN LEVIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Cuban bongo player Roberto Garcia wiggled his stocking feet on the gleaming white floor of the Warwick Hotel's lobby in midtown Manhattan, casually stretching his feet before Wednesday's hotly anticipated debut U.S. concert by the Grammy-winning Buena Vista Social Club. "Oh yes, Carnegie Hall. . . . It's the mecca of the world," he said happily.
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December 9, 2003 | Agustin Gurza, Times Staff Writer
Ruben Gonzalez, the elegant Cuban pianist who charmed the world with his gentle manner and dazzling style during a remarkable late-career comeback with the Buena Vista Social Club, died Monday in Havana, the Cuban Music Institute confirmed. He was 84. The cause of death was not immediately known, but the diminutive musician had been in failing health in recent years, wracked by arthritis and suffering memory loss.
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July 15, 2003 | Agustin Gurza, Times Staff Writer
Compay Segundo, the avuncular Cuban vocalist who was plucked from obscurity to become a nonagenarian recording star with the "Buena Vista Social Club," died Sunday night in Havana. He was 95 and the cause of death was kidney failure. Symbolizing Segundo's late-blooming status as senior ambassador of Cuban culture, a large floral bouquet sent by Cuban President Fidel Castro stood next to his casket during a viewing at a Havana funeral home Monday, wire services reported.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 1997 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Native American participation in the U.S. armed forces has rarely been properly acknowledged. The story of Ira Hayes, a Pima tribe member who helped raise the flag at Iwo Jima, is fairly well known. But few are aware of the fact that Native Americans have served bravely and died honorably in every American war. Rykodisc Records, seeking in some small way to acknowledge their contributions, has released "American Warriors: Songs for Indian Veterans."
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 1999 | AGUSTIN GURZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
I love Cuban music, care about cultural traditions and respect my elders as much as the next guy. But enough already with the hype over the Buena Vista Social Club, the cottage industry created around old musicians playing old music in an old way. I don't begrudge the success--the triumph, really--of the old-timers brought together for a 1996 recording session in Havana by American guitarist Ry Cooder.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2004 | Agustin Gurza, Times Staff Writer
Son de Madera "Las Orquestas del Dia" (Son de Madera) *** 1/2 This accomplished group has been at the forefront of the movement to revive the rousing music of Veracruz. Known as the son jarocho, this rhythmic style arose centuries ago from the dramatic convergence of Spanish, Indian and African elements. It's characterized by the bright flutter of the jarana, a small guitar; the sharp dance steps of the zapateado; the improvisations of the lead singer and a high-pitched call-and-response chorus.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 9, 2002 | Steve Hochman; Randy Lewis; Agustin Gurza; Marc Weingarten; Steve Baltin
*** 1/2 DJ SHADOW "The Private Press" MCA With his stunning second album, DJ Shadow has created a true shadow world. On the long-awaited follow-up to his groundbreaking 1996 debut, "Endtroducing," the Bay Area DJ hasn't merely assembled sounds. He's pieced together bits of lives--or lives' ghosts--that he found on vinyl recordings, ranging from a melancholy 1951 audio letter to obscure artifacts from pop's legion of no-hit wonders.
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