Galician Singer Roi Casal performed a fusion of Cuban and Galician traditional music at the launch of his new album, Son galego, Son cubano (Galician Son, Cuban Son) at Cuba’s Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso on May 27 and 28.
The new CD includes pieces by Xosé Neira Vilas (1928-2015) and guest performances by famous Cuban artists such as singersongwriter Pablo Milanés and Laritza Bacallao.
Commenting on Milanés’s participation in the album, Casal said that the author of famous songs like El breve espacio en que no estás and Yolanda best exemplifies the strong cultural links between Havana and Galicia.
Of eleven numbers on the album, the pair sing Amor cubano and La fortuna de poder amar as a duet.
Recorded at PM Records Studios in Havana and in Galicia, the CD has new songs by Neira Vilas and is the fruit of a collaboration between Casal and the Cuban Singer-songwriter, winner of the 2014 Cubadisco Prize.
Through poetry and music, Casal and Neira Vilas exhibit elements that bring the two cities closer together, noting that a number of symbols of Galician identity such as the anthem, the flag and the Language Academy have their roots in Havana.
The Miguel Núñez produced album also features the Cuban double-bass player Gastón Joya and Galician musician Nando Casal.
The CD is part of a larger project that includes a documentary by Cuban filmmaker Natasha Vázquez.
A Spanish narrator, essayist, journalist and poet, Neira Vilas married a Cuban woman and lived on the Island for 30 years, through which he became familiar with the most authentic expressions of Cuban culture.Share on FB Share on TT