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Cuba50 at the Barbican: Pablo Milanés + Harold Lopez Nussa + Son del Tropico
27 June 2009
Sat 27 June 09, 7.30pm
Part of the Cuba50 weekend at the Barbican.
Singer-songwriter Pablo Milanés remains one of the undisputed giants of Cuban music. A major figure in the 1960s nueva trova song movement, Milanés gained renown for his highly poetic lyrics and gentle but emotional singing, and is now one of the most popular and respected Cuban musicians and songwriters alive.
Pianist Harold Lopez Nussa was born in a family of musicians in Cuba, the son of the drummer Ruy Lopez Nussa and uncle famous pianist Ernan Lopez Nussa. The winner of many classical piano contests, Harold opened up to Cuba's jazz, traditional and popular music and in 2005 was declared the laureate of the Montreux Jazz Piano competition. His piano work reveals the development of another Cuban piano giant in the great tradition of Bebo and Chucho Valdes, Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Roberto Fonseca.
The nine members of Son Tropical, from Havana and Santiago, are masters of the Son style, the predecessor of Salsa and so many contemporary Latin styles.
Produced by the Barbican in association with Cuba50. Also part of BLAZE09: Dance Nations: Roots, Rhythms & Rituals.