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Chucho Valdes - Latin Jazz Founders (Part 9)

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Published on Sep 23, 2010

If you want to know what became of the greatest Cuban musician of the last 30 years, you will find the answer in Chucho Valdez featuring Irakere: Latin Jazz Founders. Directed by Ilena Rodriguez, this DVD tells the story of one of the most legendary groups in modern Cuban popular music: Irakere. It features live performances of "Misa Negra," "Chango," "Stella Va A Estallar" and many others as well as interviews with Chucho and Oscar Valdez, Carlos Emilio Morales, Juilio Oadron and many more.

Impossible to overestimate, the influence of Jesus "Chucho" Valdes on Cuban music is evident in virtually everything that comes out of the country. The founder of the Afro-Cuban jazz group Irakere, Valdes and his immensely talented, innovative band paved the way for the success of Cuban music internationally, becoming the first Cuban band signed to an American label, and traveling extensively in the U.S. despite restrictions. The group's name refers to a storied Yoruba drummer, and Irakere incorporated the percussive sounds of Africa into traditional Cuban son music and contemporary jazz. Ilena Rodriguez's documentary tells the story of this legendary band, and answers questions as to where the musicians are now. Included are interviews with Chucho and Oscar Valdez, Carlos Emilio Morales, Juilio Oadron, and others, while live performances of "Misa Negra," "Chango," and "Stella Va A Estallar" are also featured.

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