WSLR is pleased to present the Caribeno World Music Festival on Sunday, November 18 from 5-9pm at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center. The event will feature three bands with members hailing from Cuba and Puerto Rico – Taller de Bomba Balance with Angel Luis Reyes, the New Guisando Caliente Ensemble, and Acho Brother. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the show. Advance tickets are available at wslr.org or by calling 1-800-838-3006.
Angel Luis Reyes is considered today one of the most exceptional masters and educators of Bomba music and dance in Bomba’s native Puerto Rico and worldwide. Starting his music career at an early age on the drums and latin percussion, he later joined pioneer Bomba group, Teatro Otra Cosa under the direction of Felix Romero. He was part of the first ever ground breaking ”Bomba Sinfónica,” featuring the folk drumming of Bomba and a western classical music ensemble in New York in 1975 in collaboration with Cheo Feliciano among other music legends. As a disciple of the Bomba patriarch, Don Rafael Cepeda, Angel trained meticulously on the barriles, bomba drums, dance technique and established a strong foundation in time-honored song renditions. In Puerto Rico, he performed and toured as a principal member of La Familia Cepeda, Los Hermanos Ayala and Paracumbe, the most important groups representing the differences in the regional styles of Bomba. He has also collaborated doing tours with the renowned William Cepeda’s AfroBoricua group featuring prominent figures such as Felix Alduen and Angel Luis Torruellas. Reyes will perform with Taller de Bomba Balance.
The New Guisando Caliente Ensemble – Guisando Caliente’s music is in the spirit of Tito Puente’s music and has a strong Afro- Cuban influence. Musicians include: Frankie Pineiro (congas), Michele Salazar (bass); Jose Antonio Lao (drums and timbales); Hector Mayoral (vocals & percussion); Austin Vickrey (Tenor Sax); James Suggs (Trumpet); Yasel Pupo (piano); Tyler (Trombone).
Acho Brother is Hector Mayoral on guitar and vocals and Zak Byrd on drums. Tampa’s Creative Loafing voted ACHO BROTHER Best of The Bay Culture-Clash Artist of the Year 2006; later that year WMNF 88.5FM’s Franco Silva included ACHO BROTHER’s “Tango Desnudo” in Latin Beat Magazine’s Top 20 and called it “new age, latin folk-pop”.
Photo courtesy of Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center.