- Chan Centre Presents
- Juan de Marcos and the Afro-Cuban All Stars
Juan de Marcos and the Afro-Cuban All Stars
Presented by the Chan Centre and Global Arts Concerts
Direct from Havana to the Chan Centre stage, don’t miss this opportunity to see the sizzling musicians of the Afro-Cuban All Stars in action. Led by Juan de Marcos González, the visionary behind the Buena Vista Social Club, this big band captures the exuberant spirit of Cuban music with a potent combination of musical virtuosity, driving percussion, powerhouse horn section and incomparable vocals. Last time they were here in 2006, audience members were caught up in the passion of the music and were dancing in the aisles.
González is gritty in his determination to fight for Cuban identity. The Afro-Cuban All Stars started as a group of legendary Cuban musicians-including such luminaries as Rubén González, Orlando Cachaíto López, Ibrahim Ferrer, many in their 70s brought back from retirement-as well as numerous young players. His multigenerational vision became reality: “I wanted to mix the generations so there is the experience of the older guys and the energy of the younger players.” The mission of the Afro-Cuban All Stars is to bring the wealth, diversity and vitality of Cuban music to the world.
Ever-evolving, the great success of the band has sparked a resurrection of Cuban music both worldwide, and on the island itself with hundreds of bands now playing traditional music that once was overshadowed by American pop. Always a hit!