Havana, Mar 31 – The Piña Colada Festival, the first and greatest event of the fusion musical genre in Cuba, is preparing its eleventh edition faithful to its mission to promote the most alternative forms of music.
Arnaldo Rodríguez, director of the Talismán group, created this festival as a tribute to his hometown Ceballos, land rich in citrus in the central province of Ciego de Ávila.
It all started with “Tierra da la Soledad”, a song that Cubans simply know as “Ceballos”, and whose main theme is love for the native land of those who seek fortune outside its borders.
That song was a huge success either for its infectious dance beat as for its lyrics, who thousands of Cubans from other provinces living in Havana embraced it as their own, not to mention its video was selected from the top 100 best historically filmed videos in Cuba.
However, the birth of “Piña Colada” was the acknowledgement that definitively positioned Ceballos in Cuba’s musical geography, and it has become a place of annual pilgrimage for new and experienced musicians.
In fact, Arnaldo created Piña Colada to foster the carrier of young talents, who in this festival find a stage where they can be heard beyond intimate and minimum circuits.
Among these projects “Lena y La Calle G” stands out, a group which has been invited to this festival from April 3 to 6, that will be dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Entreprise of Recordings and Musical Editions (Egrem).
The program includes a panel to discuss the transformative role of the Cuban vanguard music within the national culture and its challenges in the ever demanding music market.
The upcomig event will also pay tribute to the trobadour Santiago Feliú, recently deceased, a parantheses of heartfelt tribute to an eclectic party with great music and piña colada guaranteed.
Source: Prensa Latina