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La Pachanga



H/T: Rayarena

3 comments to La Pachanga

  • Rayarena

    Now that's music! God, if I could go back in a time machine and enjoy JUST one day in Havana in the late 50's before the beast rose to power! I would die with a smile on my face! Can you imagine that contagious music streaming out of bars and cafes in Havana? The smell of the saltine air, the beautiful and elegant women, El Encanto, El Fin de Siglo, the colonial, art deco and modern buildings each competing with each other to grab your attention, a night out at the Tropicana, a walk down el malecon under the starry nights with el Morro as a backdrop?

    Can you imagine how Cuba would have evolved musically if not for castro? Take Pachanga for instance, it was the next hot thing, and then the piece of shit came and it sort of fizzled out. It's amazing music and you can see the progression of Cuban music in Pachanga. It was invented by the now forgotten musical genius Eduardo Davidson. He is another long forgotten Cuba who deserves recognition, a recognition he has not received.

    What Cuba needs is a definitive encyclopedia that includes all of these forgotten geniuses.

    Talking about forgotten talents, that's someone that Ry Cooder could have looked for, Eduardo Davidson, but of course, Davidson is/was an exile, so that doesn't count. Only musicians inside Cuba such as those fabricated and much hyped "lost legends" from BVSC deserve recognition.

  • Aztecs in Cuba. Of course, how could we forget the native american influence! Is this part of the regimes deal with Mexico? Mexico repatriates escaping Cuban slaves, and Cuba discovers and celebrates their new and previously unknown Mesoamerican history. Yes Humberto, unreal! Did fidel & co ever apologize for Cortez, Obama style?