babaluaye.jpg (22296 bytes) "While Irakere has gained an international reputation as an outstanding jazz ensemble, they've always maintained a repertoire of dance music. In Cuba, dance and music are inseparable and Cuban dancers are extremely demanding. Irakere has satisfied them over two decades now."

(from: Bembe Records; go there to listen to ALL the songs of their '98 album Babaluaye or click here to hear one piece)

Links on Irakere:

Chucho Valdés and Irakere "Babalu Aye" nominated for Grammy Award, february '99
The Year of Chucho, Judy Cantor, august '98 - story + audio clips!
Bembe Records with the album Babaluaye
Chucho Valdés: virtuoso who riffs over borders and embargoes, Ben Ratliff, january '98
Bembe Records with the album ¡Afrocubanismo!
Ghettolatino from Colombia about Chuco Valdés & Irakere

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