Latin America / Cuba / La Habana
When we talk about the beautiful island of Cuba, it is impossible not to automatically think of its rich and ancient musical culture. We are talking about a small piece of land in the world, of that long Caribbean, but it is full of the most successful musicians of Cuba. the history of Latin rhythms.
It all lies in the Spanish and African influences that came to the Island hundreds of years ago, that race that was created from the strings and the drum, from the white and the black, from singing and dancing.
On this occasion I feel very proud to be able to speak directly with a cultural ambassador, recently appointed by the Latin Institute of Music, the leader of those who are are and one of the founders of the very famous Van Van orchestra, the great Cesar Pupy Pedroso, teacher of teachers, as we have called him for this occasion.
Good morning maestro, thank you in advance for the time you give us to all the readers of the International Salsa Magazzine and the portal www. salsamundi.com.
“Well, here I am very happy to be able to talk a little with you and grateful that you want to talk about this server”
Maestro with 19 years of foundation with Pupy and those who are maestro, tell us how the idea of founding this great orchestra was born after making the whole world dance with the Van Van.
“The idea for the project ‘’Los que Son Son’’ arose from a recording I made (while in Los Van Van) with songs of my authorship performed by an internationally renowned performer. (Omara Portuondo, Rolo Martínez, Xiomara Laugart, Raúl Planas, Caridad Cuervo, Pedro Calvo, Raúl Planas etc…etc..) From that moment on I got the idea of making another album with other performers, with a German publisher, and The album was called César Pedroso y Los que Son.
There came a time when I was on tour with Van Van and the dancers came with the records, so I could sign them, and it was then that the idea came to me of forming an orchestra and leaving Van Van and calling it ‘Los que Son Son’. . ”
“In my house when I was born there was already a piano, my father was a pianist, and children always want to be like their parents, and I was not going to be the exception, regardless of the fact that I liked the piano since I was little.”
What theme do you consider the flag of Pupy Pedroso’s new journey? When your orchestra opens
“Themes of the new transit: themes like ”What are the things in life” ””A crazy man with a motorcycle” ”Mommy behave well”, ”They’re calling me” and of course ”Six weeks “”
Tell us the story of the musical piece “De la timba a Pogolotti” does it tell us about a change in your life?
“From Timba to Pogolotti: It arises from a piano solo that I did in ”Sandunguera” and Pedrito Calvo identified me, as ”Pupy the sandunguero of Pogolotti” and the neighbors of La Timba (neighborhood where I I was born) they asked my older relatives why they said about Pogolotti, if I was born in La Timba, then I wanted to be okay with the two neighborhoods, when I made ”Los que Son…”
Well, I made that song in honor of the two neighborhoods, because I was born in La Timba, but I grew up in Pogolotti, and all my childhood friends are from Pogolotti, I don’t have friends in La Timba, and I consider that one is from where one is from. upbringing, not where he was born, because all the customs, friendships, first ”girlfriend” were Pogolotti’s.”
Which song is your favorite from Van Van’s golden era?
“If you talk to me about the songs from Van Van’s golden age, there are several, of mine the authorship of Maestro Formell and others of mine, for example of the maestro, there are several, “My doubts” ”Marilu”” The Painful” ”There are women” ”I’m everything” and one of mine: ”Six weeks “Sugar” ”The Negro is cooking” ”It must be over” ”That’s good ”, among many others, we live in a wonderful time”
Since August 2018, he was named Cultural Ambassador by the Latin Music Institute. Do you consider it an achievement or a new commitment?
“I consider both things, an achievement because it is not easy in a country with so much talent and so many performers to take me into account for said recognition, and at the same time a commitment, because I am obliged not to let my musical guard down in any way.” sense.”
Maestro comes from a family of great musicians, his grandfather a director, his father a pianist, both from great Cuban orchestras. Can we say that being a musician in your family comes in your blood? Is it inherited in the genes?
“Yes, sir, I am grateful for having been born in this family where there was so much musical talent, where only music was breathed, my autistic grandfather, director of an orchestra called ”Cuba”, my uncle a percussionist in an orchestra very famous for that ”Arcaño y sus Maravillas” era, and I believe a lot in the musical heritage because I consider myself a product of it.
As a pianist, it is because my fundamental patron was my father, from whom I copied and learned a lot from what I could discreetly practice and as a conductor, because I had the joy of having worked with different directors, Rolando Valdés, Enrrique Pérez, I assisted in substituting for my father and the ones I spent the longest time with, Elio Revé and Juan Formell, I spent 6 years with Revé and 32 with Formell and I learned a lot with both directors, I was lucky.”
To what do you owe your great success as a pianist and conductor?
“I think that to be good at any career, the fundamental thing is that you like it and have the aptitude for it, I think that music does not escape from that rule, because you can like it, but if you don’t have the aptitude, don’t waste your time, and Maybe if you have aptitude and you don’t like it, over time you may like it and fall in love with it, so aptitude is the fundamental thing.”
What is your greatest reference or influence in music?
“My greatest influence is Son, I love Son, rumba, guaguancó, Cuban music and Brazilian music, jazz, but my greatest influence is Son.”
Currently, how do you see timba within the island of Cuba? Minimized by Cubaton or leader of local rhythms?
“I believe that at all times, there have been different musical genres, which have been in the preference of the dancer, in the era of Rock and Roll they danced with Elvis Presly, with Bill Halle and his comets, with Little Richard, but also they danced with Aragón, Benny Moré, Sonora Matancera, among others,…
but today the balance leans more towards these foreign movements, good and bad, and that is happening all over the world, in the dance area, but I do not consider our dance music critical or dead, because there is taste for everything and every time “A convening orchestra performs on an open-air stage, it overflows with audiences, that means we are in battle, and the country that has the most musicians making a living from music is Cuba.”
Tell us about the 2019 projects? New CD? Tours?
“Fundamentally starting the next album, the release of a documentary of a tour we are doing in Cuba and some presentations abroad, to reappear again at the end of the year in Europe, with one of the dance hits from France:
”Having a good time”, I make a parenthesis, clarify that there are countries where our music prevails (El Son, La Timba, La Salsa) like Peru and Colombia, Cuban rhythms are still in fashion, thanks to many musicians and orchestras that make a great job for the dissemination, to the printed media and now the digital wave that quite develops our work, look, you are an example of this, we hope to continue giving our audience reasons to dance.
In August we return to South America, it is the tour we are most looking forward to, the Latin public is one of the best, we think about stopping in August in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, in the same way we are now planning to organize the calendar, for businessmen or producers who wish to have us in their cities, must contact our direct representatives, talking to them is like talking to Pupy”
What should a producer do to have them in their Latin American projects?
“No compadre, very simple, contact them at these numbers +573022582306 and +51992630351, they are the only ones authorized to market our tour, we want to be in all the cities of Latin America.”
Grateful teacher for your time and for letting us get to know you a little, may the successes continue for what they are.
“Grateful to you, thank you for the dissemination you make of the popular dance music of my island.
It remains to leave you the social media links of such an important orchestra so that you can follow in its footsteps and find out about the development of the successes of this great band, on Facebook:
@pupypedroso and the numbers
+573022582306 and +51992630351.