Por Alain Valdes Sierra
Havana, Mar 7 (Prensa Latina) Percussion, as a pillar of Cuban music and, perhaps, the country”s major contribution to universal music, was the backbone of the opening gala of the Drum Festival in this capital.
Performances at the Mella Theater on Tuesday night showed the relevance of the festival, which has become one of the most significant events of its kind among those organized in the country.
Under the title ‘The Best Cuban Percussionists’, the opening concert was an example of the great wealth of that family of instruments and their variety of styles.
Local drummers Rodney Barreto, Samuel Formell and Giraldo Piloto, as well as Antonio Sanchez and Jim Riley, from the United States, gave relevance to the festival, which will conclude on March 11.
The Drum Festival, as it is also known, is barely on its first day. Its program also includes master classes and concerts dedicated to Cuba’s three greatest drum players: Chano Pozo, Tata Güines and Angá, while Brazil will be the guest of honor during the 17th edition of the event.
The legacy to Cuban music by Los Papines, the group that took Cuban rumba to major stages all over the world; and the untiring work to promote that musical-dance genre by Guillermo Amores, the main promoter of ‘Team Cuba de la Rumba’, will be also remembered.
The event, which evokes the memory of Guillermo Barreto, who is considered one of the best percussionists of all time in the Americas, makes Havana these days the world capital of percussion.