International Colloquium on Perez Prado Starts in Cuba

Matanzas, Cuba, Dec 8 (Prensa Latina) The Damaso Perez Prado conference “70 years later”, by Cuban researcher Radames Giro, started today here the International Colloquium for the centenary of Perez Prado emblematic musician, who was nicknamed the King of Mambo. Giro considered Perez Prado (1917-1989) as one of the greatest artists in that genre in Cuba, and noted that on many occasions is forgotten his quality as an integral musician, who used advanced techniques in his work.

He highlighted the genius of the honoree as a composer, in which Perez Prado included works of symphonic breath, and recalled that at being born in this city, 100 kilometers east of Havana, drank two great rhythms: danzón and rumba.

He learned about the effects of his music on the public, to which he incorporated gestures, added the musicologist.

The opening of the event included the exhibition “Recreación discográfica”, by the artist Adrian Socorro; the performance of the Atenas Brass Ensemble wind quintet, the living statues of the Renacer company and the speech “Perez Prado and the kings of mambo”, by the researcher Rafael Lam.

As headquarters of the Colloquium will work, until November 10, the House of Scenic Memory of this city, located 100 kilometers east of Havana, although there will be other spaces in these three days to pay tribute to Perez Prado.

Among them, a cycle of films with music or performance by Perez Prado, courtesy and presentation of Ivan Restrepo at the Velasco cinema-theater; and a panel about the book of the Colombian researcher and director Sergio Santana Archbold, “Pérez Prado What a rich mambo! ”

Also the presentation of number four of the magazine La Gaceta de Cuba, which includes a dossier dedicated to the aforementioned centenarian ephemerides is on the agenda.

Other points of the evocative program will be the exhibition of the book, Mambo qué rico é, é, é, text whose authors are the poetess Yanira Marimon and the playwright Ulises Rodriguez Febles, and the contest The children dance mambo, in the central Parque de La Libertad.

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