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09/15/2016
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CHANGUI MAJADERO, Changui Majadero

(self-released): 3.5 STARS

Eastern Cuban changüí, as channeled and hybridized by this zesty LA-based quintet led by tresero Gabriel Garcia, who learned several of the tunes from traditional elders in Cuba and compares changüí’s earthy accessibility to the blues. Afro-Cubano jazz and salsa fans will likely respond to the infectious rhythms, and harmonies from Son Mayor’s Alfred Ortiz and Norrell Thompson. Highlights: “Nengon,” a salsa remix of “La Rumba Esta Buena,” “Amor de Madre” (featuring Quetzal’s Martha Gonzalez). At Grand Annex in San Pedro Friday, Sept. 16. Changuimajadero.com