Septeto Nacional Ignacio Piñeiro, London Nov 12

For more than 80 years, Septeto Nacional Ignacio Piñeiro de Cuba has reigned supreme as the world’s foremost champion and protector of Cuban son, the musical heartbeat of Cuba. The 7-piece band was founded in 1927 by Ignacio Piñeiro Martínez (1888-1969), the wildly prolific Cuban bassist and composer known affectionately as “El Poeta del Son.” Since then, the group has seen an array of Cuban musical superstars of the son era pass through its ranks, including Abelardo Barroso, Miguelito Valdés, Bienvenido Granda and Carlos Embale.

Alfredo Caxaj is the organizer and soul behind the annual Sunfest in the summers of London Ontario, personally I have missed maybe 2 of these in the last 10 years… a truly great festival showcasing the best of music from this planet.

He also promotes a year long concert series, and Nov 12 is the concert of Septeto Nacional.

If you’re loose in Montreal next Tues Nov9, they’re in town.

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