Arranged and developed by William Cepeda, this compilation literally pulsates with raw energy and power in its presentation of the music of Puerto Rico. Like much Caribbean music, the drumming and the singing and chants can be traced back to West African origins. An accurate and well-researched twenty-page booklet accompanies the CD. At the back of the booklet is a reference with drawings of instruments employed in the music and illustrations of carnival characters of the Festival of Santiago Apostol in Loiza. Very expressive, this CD reveals the traditions of Puerto Rico's musical heritage and folklore through the Bomba, Plena, and Jibaro music. Antonio Martinez is the principal vocalist, William Cepeda is the musical director and pianist, among other musicians. A fine CD that will be welcome among those jazz fans who wish a complete understanding of the "sound" of this style of music, and a CD to have in the public library for reference. Among the selections are "Yuba Medley," "Rule Son Da," "Lamento Borincano," "El Belen," among others. Total playing time is 52:10. An intriguing look at another form of jazz!
Artist / Group Name:William Cepeda & Grupo Afro Boricua