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Cuban Organ

From: Gianluca Tramontana
Length: 08:45

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4contrerabrothersafternoonmusicinmedialuna_small The Granma region of Cuba ? a good day?s drive East of Havana ?is a region jokingly referred to by Habaneros as ?Palestina? due to its cultural distance. In the 1880s some hand-cranked mechanical organs were imported from Europe. Since then a folklore culture of 'organilieros'- makers, composers and artisans ? now in its fourth generation - has sprung up in this remote rural sugar-cane growing province. On weekends towns and villages come to life as three-to-five piece bands ? often siblings carrying on a family tradition ? set up and play street parties. It?s a region which could easily inhabit a Woody Guthrie song or a Steinbeck novel. Cuban Organ takes the listener along Granma?s dusty back-roads into the heart of organ country and sheds light on a remote corner of rural Cuban life through the sounds of the province, its colorful people and its music

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Piece Description

The Granma region of Cuba ? a good day?s drive East of Havana ?is a region jokingly referred to by Habaneros as ?Palestina? due to its cultural distance. In the 1880s some hand-cranked mechanical organs were imported from Europe. Since then a folklore culture of 'organilieros'- makers, composers and artisans ? now in its fourth generation - has sprung up in this remote rural sugar-cane growing province. On weekends towns and villages come to life as three-to-five piece bands ? often siblings carrying on a family tradition ? set up and play street parties. It?s a region which could easily inhabit a Woody Guthrie song or a Steinbeck novel. Cuban Organ takes the listener along Granma?s dusty back-roads into the heart of organ country and sheds light on a remote corner of rural Cuban life through the sounds of the province, its colorful people and its music

Broadcast History

WNYC Studio 360 June 22nd 2007

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Timing and Cues

Possible intro (used on Studio 360): Isolated by the United States for almost a half a century now, people in Communist Cuba are renowned for their tinkering resourcefulness. Music journalist Gianluca Tramontana took a trip to the remote Eastern province of Granma to find an extraordinary relic. Hand cranked mechanical organs that are still the life of the party

29 secs ? On location Factory organ

68 seconds ? On Location Contrera Brothers

120 seconds Bodas de Oro by the Ajo Brothers from CD Y Su Organo Oriental

138 secs Diego Orosco Gabriel Gonzales.

177 - El Golpe de BibiJagua

197 ? on location Morales Family

211 - David Morales

230 William Morales

250 ? William Morales

303 ? William Morales

332 secs - Los Muertos Queren Gozar

370 ? David Morales and Friends

405 - Holguin organ factory

442 ? Chito Fornari

480 ? organ factory - El Jorocon

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
On location Factory organ factory organ :10
Bodas de Oro the Ajo Brothers Y Su Organo Oriental. :10
El Golpe de Bibi Jagua the Ajo Brothers Y Su Organo Oriental. :10
Los Muertos Queren Gozar the Ajo Brothers Y Su Organo Oriental. :10
on location the Morales family :10
on location David Morales and friends :10