Afro-Cuban All Stars to perform in the Bronx
The Cuban band will share the stage with Típica 73.
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The upcoming concert that will bring the Afro-Cuban All Stars to the Bronx will take place on March 4 at the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, and will showcase the diversity of Cuban music.
"I was born to defend the culture of my country," Juan de Marcos González, director of the Afro-Cuban All Stars, told EFE. It's something he's been doing for nearly five decades.
De Marcos González had always been interested in performing in the Bronx.
"It will be a privilege to play there," said the musician, singer, composer and producer.
Típica 73, with whom they will share the stage, is also celebrating its 50th anniversary, and still features several of its original members.
Afro-Cuban All Stars originally included musicians like Ibrahim Ferrer, Rubén González and Elíades Ochoa.
In the Bronx, the group will perform songs composed by de Marcos González, according to EFE.
"I'm going to play new music that I have composed, above all, of different genres because there are many things that are known of Cuban music such as son, but there is also the Conga de Santiago de Cuba [rhythm of the carnival of that city]," he said.
De Marcos González also recalled that Cuban music transcends borders because it is what defines the country culturally.
Típica 73 will perform with Adalberto Santiago, one of its first vocalists, who is now 85 years old, and with Cubans Alfredo de la Fe, a violinist and original member, and Mayito Rivera, the former singer of Los Van Van.