HW Pick: Havanna’s Harlem

205Direct from Havana, Orquesta Aragón, is one of Cuba’s grandest and most enduring charanga Bands.  The “Duke Ellington and Count Basie Orchestra of Cuban music,” is a national treasure on the island and have performed worldwide for over 60 years. Continue Reading →

Eugenio Arango: The Father Of Harlem ‘Rumba Circles’ Dies at 76 (video)

Eugenio Arango, better known as Totico, a Cuban-born percussionist and singer who was one of the most celebrated figures in the drumming, dancing and singing culture of New York rumba, died on Jan. 21 in the Bronx, where he lived. He was 76.

His death, in a hospice, was confirmed by his godson, the percussionist Carlos Sanchez, who did not specify the cause. Continue Reading →