Guarapachanga in Tokyo

Pure Cuban son came down from the stage, clean and melodious thanks to the interpretive talent of the Cuban group, winner of two Latin Grammy awards, and the exquisite acoustic quality of the place.

The Japanese sang the songs in perfect Spanish, guided by the charismatic vocalists, experts in complicity with the public. The only Japanese phrase was “arigato”, repeated and repeated after each song was over.

Again the music erased language barriers. The truth was, he didn’t even need to understand the words. The real communication flowed through the smiles, the shaking shoulders and the contagious sound coming from the maracas, the cowbell, the trumpet, the congas, the bongo, the clave, the güiro, the double bass, the guitar and the tres. .

“We are happy with the reception we have had here. There has been an exchange of energy, a special chemistry. On stage we were excited to see so many people devoted to traditional Cuban music,” Fernando Dewar, director of Septeto Santiaguero, told Prensa Latina (PL).

The repertoire performed by the sonero group belonged mostly to the album “A mí qué. Tribute to Cuban classics”, with which they were awarded in 2018 by the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

The evening then became a tour of several iconic pieces from the Cuban pentagram such as Santa Bárbara (Long live Changó), Pastora’s Guararey, I’m not going to be upset, What makes you think (Alma mia), It’s an enigma , What to me, among others.

In addition to Tokyo, the tour of the Cuban group through Japan will include stops in the cities of Nagoya and Osaka, as part of the ¡Vívela! Salsa Tour, organized by the Centro Cultural Tiempo Iberoamericano.

The director of the non-profit organization based in Japan, Santiago Herrera, mentioned to PL that after 25 years inviting salsa orchestras they had a debt with the son and, to pay it off, they brought the group that they currently consider “the maximum representative of the genre.” .

The night progressed and the spirits continued as at the beginning. It was the turn of “La meneadera” and with this theme the waists were released. To the beat of percussion, the crowd gradually became infected with Cuban folklore and I even forgot that I was in Japan.

“That family is not convenient for me” marked the end of the show, but the spectators wanted “another” “another” “another”… Complying with requests, the Septeto Santiaguero gave away “Lágrimas negra”

For the final closing, once again the “Guarapachanga” resounded in the place packed with people wearing sanitary masks. The dancers found the space to synchronize their steps as a couple, some dressed in suits, hats and leather shoes.

After the last “arigato” the applause rained down.


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