Chino Pons and Grupo Irek
Cuban singer Chino Pons with his Grupo Irek has created this upbeat album that draws its influences from a wide range of Cuban music such as Son Cubano, Cha-Cha-Chá and Afro-Cuban traditional songs all with an exciting and catchy contemporary twist.
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Recorded in New York City over 2013 – 2014, “Mueve Despacito” features Chino Pons on vocals, core members of Grupo Irek playing (Tosso Hettinger – tres, Hensy Perez – bass, Eddy Valentin – percussion) as well as numerous special guests, including Jacob Plasse, who both played guitar on and engineered the album.
Chino describes the inspiration for this record in his own words: “Although I began my artistic career later in my life, from a young age I was constantly surrounded by musicians and dancers from the 1940s and 1950s. Growing up in this environment of traditional music, these people had a great influence on me; they inspired me to create this album. Listening to my relatives gave me a solid base in Son Cubano. Also, absorbing their knowledge of Rumba, Yambu, Cha-Cha-Chá, Chaonda and other Caribbean rhythms lead me to create something with a new, more modern sound while still maintaining many elements of traditional Cuban music.
For more information on Chino Pons, go to: www.chinopons.com
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