They "can legitimately claim to be inventors of salsa" writes the New York Times about Septeto Nacional Ignacio Piñeiro de Cuba. For more than 80 years and in more 35 countries around the world, Septeto Nacional de Cuba has been the greatest and first champion of the traditional sound of the Cuban music. Directed by Raspa and Frank Oropesa "El Matador," the Septeto performs some of the most treasured and well-known Cuban songs. The group's exceptional musicianship and artistry is firmly rooted in the musical explosion of Cuban son (song) that took place during the 1920s and 1930s, evoking the nostalgic elegance of the dancing ballrooms and clubs of the era. It is impossible to resist the infectious rhythms of this celebrated ensemble, so be prepared to dance in the aisles. $39, $35; CMA members $38, $34
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