Band Director Rosel Lamoru Cancanon, living in Vancouver, is organizing a grand tour in 2020, promoting the old time Santiago musicians.   For further information please contact Rosel at elgrupocubano@gmail.com

Welcome

 

In 1999 Rosel Lamoru founded Brisas del Palmar – a musical group from Santiago de Cuba playing traditional Cuban music.  Rosel has been the musical director and arranger of that group as well as composer and guitarist.  

Listed in the Catalog of Excellence of the Cuban Institute of Music, Brisas del Palmar are renowned for their unique vocal harmonies.  They have played for the Pope, won international prizes and successfully toured western Canada several times.

Rosel has now turned his focus to showcasing authentic traditional Cuban music from Santiago de Cuba - the cradle of “son”.  This musical tradition, rich in harmonies & melodies, has been recently bypassed by contemporary Cuban artists who prefer non-Cuban music.

Nevertheless, the richness of traditional Cuban music is well recognized by many international artists who include it in their repertory. Recording in Cuba, many have won international prizes.  

Rosel is helping to resurrect traditional music by bringing together this team of legendary Santiago musicians. Recognized nationally and internationally, they have tremendous musical depth. 

Three have shared Latin grammy awards and all play daily at Santiago’s renowned Casa de la Trova.  Most have accompanied or played with members of the Buena Vista Social Club including Compay Segundo, Eliades Ochoa and Omar Portuondo.

For example,  Alejandro Almenares Sanchez is a founder of the Casa de la Trova.  He is known as the last troubadour of Santiago de Cuba and, together with Eliades Ochoa, these two are described as “Dos Gigantes de la Musica Cubana”.   All group members are under the protection of the Cuban Ministry of Culture.  

 

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