National Bird of Cuba

Tocororo : National Bird of Cuba

August 30, 2017Birds Standard

National Bird of Cuba

The Tocororo is the common name of the national bird of Cuba that exhibits a plumage of colors white, blue and red, the same ones of the Cuban flag that has a unique characteristic; Dies of sadness if caged. All a metaphor of the Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodríguez with which he gives title to his fourth disc.

Tocororo‘ the album, wants to be a sort of history of Cuban music and its multiple pollinations; Those that came, above all, from Africa, but also from Europe, spatially from Spain.
National Bird of CubaThe disc; Produced by the great Quincy Jones, who has been the producer of all his works and who encouraged him to leave the island in 2009 after a private concert at the home of Claude Nob, the founder and director of the Montreux Jazz Festival; Contains thirteen themes, five of which are original and the rest are based on recreations of Cuban music classics such as’ Chan-Chan ‘by Compay Segundo and’ Come Hope ‘by Silvio Rodríguez, compositions by South American authors such as’ Adios Nonino ‘Of Argentinean Astor Piazzolla and even recreations of pieces of classical music like that’ Jesu, Joy of man’s desiring ‘that is nothing more than the tenth movement of the cantata’ Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben ‘, BWV 147 of Johann Sebastian Bach.

National Bird of Cuba

But this diversity not only manifests itself in the origin of the selected themes, also in the musicians who participate, and who also come to represent that musical pollination. Thus, they appear the bass player and singer Cameroon, Richard Bona; Franco-Lebanese trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf, flamenco singer Antonio Lizana, American singer of Indian origin Ganavya Doraiswamy or sisters Lisa-Kaindé Diaz and Naomi Diaz, daughters of the late percussionist ‘Angá’ Díaz and forming the duo Ibeyi.

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