Compay Segundo receives a musical gift with the essence of Cuban roots

Vívelo gives name to the proposal that, in the words of the director of the group and son of the illustrious composer, Salvador Repilado, is a sample of the fusion and synchrony between the past and the present and the genuine expression of our nationality and musical heritage.

Exclusively with Prensa Latina, Repilado said he felt happy after listening to the phonogram that arrives after eight years without releasing any material on the market, but it satisfies all forecasts and fills the team behind the production with pride.

The result has been wonderful. We have been able to achieve harmony between the voices and the instruments and I am especially very satisfied with the work that Alberto Fernández did on the harmonica, because he managed to get an extraordinary sonority out of it, the leader of the group meant.

As he commented, it was precisely this element that kept them on pause for so long because they were looking for a person capable of executing the instrument in a way close to that of its creator, the so-called King of the Harmonic.

Likewise, Repilado highlighted the balance and correspondence of each one of the letters of the phonogram with those created by his father and praised in this sense the work of the composer Maikel Dizan, who managed to collect the Cuban identity and the scheme of traditional music.

This production, made in the heat of a tour of Europe, responds to our goal of achieving a representative content of the sound range through which Compay moved, from the most traditional trova to the most contemporary melodies, he considered.

For his part, Dizan confessed to feeling pleasure in joining the project and referred to the challenge of being the author of the 10 songs on the album due to the pressure and the challenge of giving continuity to the work of one of the greatest musicians in Cuba.

Son para ti, for example, is one of the singles that has various melodies, accents and phrases from different stages of Cuban music, especially in the introduction because it is similar to the song Silencio done by Segundo and has a rhythmic foundation similar to the executions together with the Trio Matamoros, he explained.

Vívelo was recorded at the Vega Studio in the French city of Carpentras, which has old-style equipment from the 40s and 50s of the last century, and invited The Golden Voice Record team from Los Angeles, United States, for mastering.

The material closes with a Popurrit that brings together the classics internationalized by the author of Chan Chan and had the collaboration of experienced exponents of popular dance music such as Isaac Delgado and Alexander Abreu, in addition to the virtuosity of pianist Rolando Luna.

The conception of the plate took about two years and will have its world premiere at the famous La Cigale concert hall in France, on November 1, to later debut in Turkey and later, still without a scheduled date, be presented in a cultural center from Cuba.

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