I just ran across a very interesting presentation on Tumba Francesa. It was given by Mirta Gomez at the beginning of the year for the Library of Congress. It was from the beginning of 2012 and I don't know how I missed it.
I have to say, I only know a little about Tumba Francesa and am glad to know more.
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Arsenio Rodríguez is arguably one of the most influential composers and musicians of popular Cuban music, is being commemorated for his 100th birthday. Rodríguez had a quite varied life and lived in New York as well as Havana and was influenced greatly by both places. On top of that he kept true to his African influences as well.
Even though many people aren't familiar with trova, and particularly nueva trova, it is a very diverse genre of music. Nueva trova, part of the "song" genre, generally talks about the politics of everyday life and is a rebirth of the old troubadour movement which spread news by way of song.
Most people know what is arguably the most famous Cuban song ever written, but do they know the composer?
The song is Guantanamera, and the composer was Joseito Fernandez. Ask just about any Cuban and they will not only know the verses, but most consider that the song represents the spirit of Cubans everywhere.
I finally moved all of the free gigasamples to their own domain! You can find all the .gig files from both Worra's Place and the Cuban samples from this site on Giga Samples. I also plan on adding some conversions to other formats as I get time.
Just go here ===> Free Giga Studio Samples and get what you need. Make sure that you sign up for the email notifications when you get on the site.