Fridays Live: Juan de Marcos & Afro-Cuban All Stars
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Juan de Marcos & Afro-Cuban All Stars

filmed JUL 23, 2022

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FRIDAYS LIVE: JUAN DE MARCOS & AFRO-CUBAN ALL STARS

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Afro-Cuban All Stars

This week on Fridays Live, SFJAZZ presents a memorable July 2022 concert broadcast featuring Afro-Cuban All Stars and tres master Juan de Marcos. While long revered in Latin America and Europe as a founding member of Cuba’s great son revival band Sierra Maestra, de Marcos first gained notice in the US as founder of the Buena Vista Social Club. The Afro-Cuban All Stars not only features a multi-generational cast, the group draws on both classic Cuban styles like son and danzón and contemporary timba dance rhythms.

“A thrillingly autentico survey of the colorful panorama of Cuban music, from religious batumbata beats through contemporary timba jams.”
— Village Voice

ABOUT AFRO-CUBAN ALL STARS w/ JUAN DE MARCOS

After gaining international fame for reviving the classic sound of Cuban son, tres master Juan de Marcos turned the Afro-Cuban All Stars into a sensational showcase for Cuba’s most prodigious young musicians. While long revered in Latin America and Europe as a founding member of Cuba’s great son revival band Sierra Maestra, de Marcos first gained notice in the US as founder of the Buena Vista Social Club.

It was de Marcos who assembled Ibrahim Ferrer, Eliades Ochoa, Ruben Gonzalez and the rest of the crew for Ry Cooder when he came to Havana looking for illustrious old timers. But de Marcos is just as interested in promoting Cuba’s brilliant young musicians as in highlighting Cuba’s senior talent. The Afro-Cuban All Stars not only features a multi-generational cast, the group draws on both classic Cuban styles like son and danzón and contemporary dance rhythms like timba. “What I’m trying to do is create a bridge between contemporary and traditional Cuban music,” de Marcos says. “I’m trying to mix both things so people can realize that Cuban music didn’t stop in time, that it developed in this long period when Cuban music disappeared from the market.”

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