Playing tracks by
Israel Lopez "Cachao", Julio Gutierrez, various, Celia Cruz, Coro Yoruba, Bebo Valdes, Nat King Cole and more.
Descargas, Santeria in the studio, early Bebo Valdes , Cole Espanol and more from Panart, Cuba’s first indie label.
We begin the story of the Panart studio with the first Cuban jam sessions on record. This was Havana 3 a.m.: rum-soaked, euphoric improvisation by musicians moonlighting after their jobs at Havana’s clubs and casinos, including Cachao, Tata Guines and Richard Egues. Celia Cruz recorded the most true expression of her Afro roots on tracks for the album “Santero”, which first brought Afro-Cuban religious music into the studio. A young Bebo Valdes and his orchestra play the classic “Siboney” with characteristic elegance. Conjunto Casino performs a number typical of those that had Havana’s prep school kids dancing.
Although it would prove to be far from the truth, El Son Se Fue de Cuba (the son has left Cuba), was Panart’s swan song to the island, released in Miami after Castro's government took over the label and the studio, where music is still being made.