25 years of Artistic Career

Since its foundation on February 2, 1995, the Septeto Santiaguero has remained deeply linked to the Santiago Trova and traditional cuban music. Born from” Melodies of Yesterday”, legendary group of the Casa de la Trova, its director, the Maestro Fernando Dewar, decided to change his name with the aim to positioning his work in international and cuban settings with a bigger commercial vision. “We make traditional music for dancers and for young people, it is the only way to make it transcend, that new generations like it” Dewar has said on several occasions, and this is what his group corroborates with the energy that overflows on stage, where there is no age for enjoying it. Since the beginning, the Septeto Santiaguero has performed on important international stages in Spain, Germany, France, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Holland, Hungary, England, Italy, Mexico, Portugal, Switzerland and others. He has also had the opportunity to share the stage with important figures of art inside and outside the country, such as Rubén Blades; Gilberto Santa Rosa; José Alberto, The Canary; Oscar D ’León; Alexander Abreu; Pancho Céspedes; Omara Portuondo, among others. In Cuba, they have performed on many stages, from squares and theaters to very secluded city districts. They are also recognized for their elegance, their good mood and the charisma which allows them to share emotions with their public. His repertoire is a journey through different aspects of Cuban popular music, with an emphasis on the traditional one. They manage in a very personal way pieces of legendary authors of Cuban music such as Miguel Matamoros and Ñico Saquito, combining with the work of more contemporary authors, some of them members of the group itself. His musical base is about Son, La Guaracha, Bolero, Changui, Bolero-Son and other genres.

The sound of Santiaguero is overwhelming, a walk that goes from classic to contemporary with great elegance and rhythmicity. You can enjoy every performance together with the audience. The songs appear one after the other according to their tastes, their requests, nobody is left wanting. From Changüí to Bolero, from Son to Merengue, having fun is part of each presentation.
Winner of Two Latin Grammy Awards, in 2015 for the CD “No quiero llanto. Tributo a Los Compadres”and in 2018 for the record production“A mi qué. Tributo a los clásicos cubanos”, Septeto Santiaguero is currently one of the most important exponents of traditional Cuban music.
In this 2019 they undertook their first national tour “Guarapachanga for Cuba” with which they have toured various stages of the country, always followed by a devoted audience, deeply expert of their songs and defender of the genre among contemporary Cuban music.
Yes, they are prophets in their land, and it is usual to find them on Tuesdays at the Casa de la Trova and on Fridays at the Casa de la Música La Pachanga, places where cuban and foreign dancers always take part to enjoy the excellence of traditional cuban music.
Close to achieve 25 years of artistic life, Septeto Santiaguero announces in the coming months the presentation of a new CD where they are collecting their great successes, and very soon it will be available in the bookstores an extremely enjoyable book, very close to their history.

Founded in 1995 in Santiago de Cuba, Septeto Santiaguero is considered one of the most important band of traditional Cuban music.
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“We absolutely needed what Septeto Santiaguero has been doing for a long time. There is no group that does it better, because of its originality and the passion they put on it. ”
César Pupi Pedroso
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Neither too young nor too old, this band is the best example of cuban son of the new millennium.
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The Septeto Santiaguero is one of the most definite references of Cuban music on an international level.
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Discography

Close to celebrate 25 years of artistic career, Sepeto Santiaguero work includes 10 discographic productions until today.
1996 – Septeto Santiaguero
1998 – La pulidora
2001 – La chismosa
2002 – Para los bailadores
2005 – Los mangos bajitos
2010 – Oye mi son santiaguero
2012 – Vamos pa’ la fiesta
2015 – No quiero llanto. Tributo a Los Compadres
2017 – Raíz. 2017
2018 – A mi qué. Tributo a los clásicos cubanos
In its recordings Septeto Santiaguero has had the collaboration of great international music exponents such as José Alberto El Canario, Rubén Blades (along with his alter ego Medoro Madera), Cheo Feliciano, Oscar D´ León, Eliades Ochoa, Ismael Miranda, Aymee Nuviola, Shark Morales, Edwin Bonilla, Nicholas Payton, Arturo O'Farrill, among others.

Members

Fernando Dewar Webster
Director, Tres and Choir. With great talent and tenacity he has taken forward this band for 25 years since it has been founded. The contributions of his band to the musical history of Cuba make him consider young people as an important audience. “They must know and enjoy the musical heritage of our country. We will always strive to work for them. ”

Inocencio Heredia Castillo (Chencho)
Vocalist, composer and minor percussion. With his 24 years in the Septeto Santiaguero, there are a lot of songs that have the peculiar timbre of his voice; however, because of the theme “La Meneadera” people are constantly holding him in the streets… and it’s the theme he enjoys playing the most. In addition to minor percussionist he is also a composer.

Rudens Matos Matos (Chiquitín)
Guitarist, vocalist and composer. Founder of the Septeto Santiaguero. He is the autor of almost a dozen of songs interpreted by the group, among them La Jelenguera, from the CD La Chismosa, the Moño de Maribel, El ayudante del lechero, and others.

Giraldo Bravo (El Flaco)
Descendant of the legendary trio Los Compadres, the first album he recorded with Septeto Santiaguero, winner of the 2015 Latin Grammy was “No quiero llanto. Tributo a los Compadres”. Until today the song El Lunar marks his career as the singer of the band.

Carlos Rafael Danger Planas (Carlos Bongó)
The current performance as a percussionist in the Septeto Santiaguero begins in one of the most authentic expressions of Santiago culture: La Conga. He is the youngest member of the group and in each interpretation he shows his virtuosity, especially in the solos of the bongo, with which he expresses his musical ideas in order to enrich the work of the Septeto.

Gabriel Montero González (La Historia)
When he still was a music student , he – literally – appeared at the window of the essay place of Septeto Santiaguero and this event marked his life for ever. According to his words, listening to the excelent quality of the band’s sound influenced him so much that after a couple of years he took possession of Las Tumbadoras of Septeto Santiaguero.

Alain Dragoní (Trumpeter)
He has developed his artistic career with traditional cuban music. The Septeto Turquino, Eliades Ochoa and the Cuarteto Patria and nowadays the Septeto Santiaguero, made him an experienced trumpeter, defender of traditional cuban music. In 2012 he won his first Latin Grammy with the group of Eliades Ochoa and holds two other awards for his work with the Septeto Santiaguero. Graduated from the Regino Eladio Boti School of Art (Guantanamo, 1987) and the Esteban Salas Conservatory (Santiago de Cuba, 1996) is the first musician of his family.

Dayron Robert (Bass)
He is one of the most reserved musicians on the stage, however, during the last 9 years he’s been performing with Septeto Santiaguero on several stages in Cuba and abroad. With “Chan Chan” and “Los Mangos Bajitos” he earned his “pass” to this band which he always admired and whit which he planned his music studies.

Awards and Acknwoledgments

2005 - Nomination to Lucas Awards for the video Los Mangos Bajitos 2011, 2013 and 2015 - Cubadisco Award
2015 - Latin Grammy Award in the category of Best Traditional Tropical Album, for the CD “No quiero llanto. Tributo a los Compadres. ”
2015 – They receive the City Flag
2016 - Excellencies of Art Award
2017 and 2018 - Nominated to Cubadisco Awards
2017 - Nomination to the Lucas Awards for the videos La Meneadera, Canción de la Trova and La Fiesta no es para Feos.
2018 - Second Latin Grammy Award in the category of Best Traditional Tropical Album with the CD 'A mi que, Tributo a los clásicos s cubanos'.

Impact on the press about the path of Septeto Santiaguero

CANCIONEROS.COM

Digital magazine of songwriters
The Cuban group Septeto Santiaguero presents its new album in Madrid

29/07/2014

Next Wednesday in Madrid the cuban group Septeto Santiaguero will make a tribute to cuban music and will present the themes that will be parto of his new album “No quiero llanto…”, a tribute to the duet Los Compadres. The album with its eighteen songs, will go on sale in August and is a tribute to one of the most relevant duos in the history of Cuban popular music in its two stages, the first one with Lorenzo Hierrezuelo and Francisco Repilado, known as 'Compay Segundo' and the second one with Lorenzo and his brother Reinaldo. The presentation, in the Galileo Galilei Hall, will help the launch of the disc in which they play a series of versions of very popular themes' by Los Compadres, the members of the Septeto Santiaguero report in a press release. But it is also a tribute to the Matamoros trio, Sonora Matancera, María Teresa Vera, the Cuarteto Patria, the Vieja Trova Santiaguera and the Buena Vista Social Club. The audience can enjoy themes such as Hay un runrún, Sabroso, Pruebe este tono, Mi son oriental, El lunar, Pensamiento, Con la espuela, Baja y tapa la olla, Rita la caimana, among others. In this album, the group directed by Fernando Dewar count with the voice by the popular Dominican salsa artist José Alberto «El Canario» in eight tracks. It also has the participation of figures such as Óscar De León, Eliades Ochoa, Andy Montañez, Aymée Nuviola, Ismael Miranda, Tiburón Morales, Edwin Bonilla, Alejandro Almenares, among others. Founded in 1995, the Septeto Santiaguero is currently one of the most successfull groups of traditional Cuban music in the international market.

ACN

Cuban News Agency
Septeto Santiaguero dedicates Cubadisco Award to the 500th anniversary of his city

Created on Saturday, 16 May 2015 14:32 | Leydis Tassé Magaña

Santiago de Cuba, May 16 (AIN) The popular group Septeto Santiaguero dedicated its recent Cubadisco 2015 Prize, in the Son Tradicional section, to the 500th anniversary of the foundation of the city of Santiago de Cuba, to be celebrated next July. Fernando Dewar, director of the ensemble, said that the lauro is a reaffirmation of the musical richness of the Heroic City, cradle of distinguished figures of Cuban culture, such as Lorenzo Hierrezuelo, Reinaldo Hierrezuelo and Francisco Repilado, Compay Segundo . This town has brought us many rewards, especially because people know our work, they demonstrate us expressions of love each time we appear in any part of the city, he said. The disc No quiero llanto. Tributo a Los Compadres, is a co-production of Septeto Santiaguero and the dominican José Alberto El Canario, under the Los Canarios Music record label, although since March 31 it circulates in Cuba, with the license of the EGREM. Its first world release was on May 12, now is available for digital download worldwide, and from next 26th, will be on sale in stores in the United States. With this album, said Dewar, our group celebrates its 20 years of being founded, while José Alberto El Canario celebrates its four decades on stage. Moreover he underlined that many big of latin music participated in the project: Oscar D 'León, Andy Montañez, Aymee Nuviola, Ismael Miranda and Edwin Bonilla. Dewar also highlighted the participation form Santiago de Cuba of Eliades Ochoa, Tiburón Morales, the Conga de Los Hoyos, Estrellas de la Charanga, the Orfeón Santiago Choir and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Oriente. The album is the excellence of our career and we are full of expectactions, because the content of the disc shows a convergence of great figures of latin music, salsa and traditional cuban music, which had never happened before, on a large scale, he said. . This is the third time that Septeto Santiaguero has been awarded in the Cubadisco, the first in 2011, with the disc Oye mi son santiaguero, and then in 2013, with Vamos pa ’la fiesta.

ON CUBA NEWS

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El Septeto Santiaguero and Grammy's party

By Eric Caraballoso November 21, 2015 in Music

The news has already gone around the world, but in Santiago de Cuba you live it in a special way. In his third Latin Grammy nomination, Septeto Santiaguero finally reached the award and the celebration seems to last for a long time.
No quiero llanto. Tributo a Los Compadres is the award-winning album, a disc made with the Dominican singer José Alberto “El Canario”, but which has the unquestionable taste of Cuban music.The best Cuban music.
There are many reasons to enjoy this Grammy, both for the members of the Septeto and for the city in which they live as it were a spiritual food. Some of these reasons have been underlined by Fernando Dewar, in some declarations to our colleague Synaley Hernàn, for OnCuba:
“To those maestros who participate in this disc, we thank them twice, becuse their contibution in the disc was an award itself”, he said, and sent a warm greeting to Reinaldo Hierrezuelo (King Caney) - one of the founders De Los Compadres currently living in Havana.
“We think that he’s been forgotten and not mentioned enough for his greatness, this award shows that his work, together with his brother ‘s Lorenzo and Compay Segundo’s is the most important of the history of cuban popular music”
To Alden González Díaz, Septeto Santiaguero’s manager and coproducer of the disc, this is the result of “personal dedication of each member of Septeto, as well as of many friends who helped us arriving at this point. We never stop big dreaming with this project. We owe a lot to José Alberto and his manager José Raposo. We must enphasize the support of Egrem, because for the first time in 20 years, one of our discs is running through Cuba.
The whole disc is a reason of revelry. It’s quite a phenomenal álbum, which spills over “cubanity” and underline the artistic maturity of the band leaded by Fernando dewar. It fortunately coincide with Septeto’s 20 years and confirm its state of grace, its ability to revitalize traditional cuban music which brought it to very important stages in Europe and America, and to gain compliments of newspapers like New York Times.
The city of Santiago is the other reason. More than a disc “No quiero llanto …”seems like a picture of the Santiago landscape. Listening to this álbum, brought you to the deep hearth of the city, Heredia Street, casa de la Trova, Parque Cespedes. Upon receiveing the prize, Dewar dedicated it fair and square to Santiago and to the five hundredth anniversary of its foundation. It could not be otherwise.
Also in the core of the disc, in its deeper motivation, emerge reasons to rejoicing. It’s not fortuitous that this double disc pays tribute to an essential group of the island’s pentagram: the legendary duo Los Compadres. You can recognize it form the title and even for the intepretation of the themes.
Saying “Los Compadres” is like remembering the magnetical influence of Lorenzo Hierrezuelo and Francisco Repilado, “Compay Segundo”, and of the equally mitical Reynaldo Hierrezuelo, “Rey Caney”. They shaped a golden age with their works and now the Septeto is honoured to play, from a contemporary sonority, classical evergreens like Baja y tapa la olla, Se secó el arroyito, Sarandonga y No quiero llanto.
Tiburón Morales y El Canario en la inauguración del MatamoroSon / Foto: Guillermo Salas.
You live while you’re listening to a mix of old style traditional son and its respectful reinterpretation by Septeto Santiaguero and El Canario. Its success, crowned now by the Latin Grammy, shoes that when you drink wisely form the root, the musical quality is guaranteed.
There are obviously more reasons to celebrate. The award not only recognizes the path covered so far by the santiagueros band, its talent and desire. It also opens new doors to its trajectory, new opportunities to take further its music and finally the cuban culture.
But the doors open not only for the Septeto. This Grammy is the confirmation that in Cuba, and above all, in Santiago, a succesfull commercial and artistic product can be realized and that big stars of latin universe can be called to action to performe our more authentic music.
This is not the first Grammy for santiagueros artists. In the past years, it went to other big like Compay Segundo and Eliades Ochoa, inside the Buena Vista Social Club project and in the case of Eliades also on his own. But this Latin Grammy has a special meaning to Santiago. This is an everybody’s prize, it has a doubtless popular depth, as the popular performances of Septeto in the city of Santiago.
You must see them on the stage, breathing their energy, dancing unstoppably at the rhythm of the son. You must see how they magnetize the crowd and how the soul of Santiago overwhelms since their firts beats. Last year, when we saw them shake the Heredia Theatre together with José Alberto “El Canario” during the Festival Matamoroson, we thought that time they were going to win the Grammy. Now, in the most vivid santiaguero spirit, let’s see when the party is over.

ACN

Cuban News Agency
Septeto Santiaguero receives the City Flag

4th of December 2015

Santiago de Cuba – This Friday, in the Eastern city of Santiago, Septeto Santiaguero received the acknowledgment City Flag, for their artistic exellence and for promoting the culture from the defence of traditional cuban music.
In the City Hall of the town the band, which the past 21st of November received the Latina Grammy in the category Best tradicional tropical álbum with the disc “Tributo a Los Compadres. No quiero llanto” has been rewarded with the maximu honour by the Municipal Assembly of Popular Power.
The Assembly appreciates the hard and relevant work of groups and institutions, domestics or foranes, which contribute to the development of the land’s traditions and to build a new society.
Fernando Dewar, the band Director, expressed that they are really proud about receiving sich a honour and that they keep compromised
with defending tye national culture, the son and the others tradional music genres.
We are in debt with the people, which we thank for welcoming us and for showing us lots of love – he said.
We are a small part of what many people in this land do, a n endless source of musicians which work with hearth – he observed.
Then the Septeto offered a concert in Heredia Street, inf front of casa de la Trova Pepe Sannchez, the habitual place of its performances, where he amused the crowd with the themes od the disc.
In that occasion Mario Escalona, general director of EGREM, gave them an acknowledgment from the label which was in charge to distribute in the dometsic market, a disc of Septeto for the very first time in twenty years.
At the same time, Escalona read a letter of Orlando Vistel, President of the Cuban Music Insitute, in which he congratulates personally with tha band for the Grammy and for its committment with the defense of the best of cuban music with authentic humilty.
In the same way, the Septeto received congratulations by the Direction of Culture of the Province and the acclamation of the audience made form young and old people and coming from different places.
Lazaro Exposito Canto, member of the Central Comitee of Communist Party and Governor of the Province of Santiago de Cuba joined the band in all of these activities. In the City Hall of the town the band, which the past 21st of November received the Latina Grammy in the category Best tradicional tropical álbum with the disc “Tributo a Los Compadres. No quiero llanto” has been rewarded with the maximu honour by the Municipal Assembly of Popular Power. The Assembly appreciates the hard and relevant work of groups and institutions, domestics or foranes, which contribute to the development of the land’s traditions and to build a new society. Fernando Dewar, the band Director, expressed that they are really proud about receiving sich a honour and that they keep compromised with defending tye national culture, the son and the others tradional music genres. We are in debt with the people, which we thank for welcoming us and for showing us lots of love – he said. We are a small part of what many people in this land do, a n endless source of musicians which work with hearth – he observed. Then the Septeto offered a concert in Heredia Street, inf front of casa de la Trova Pepe Sannchez, the habitual place of its performances, where he amused the crowd with the themes od the disc. In that occasion Mario Escalona, general director of EGREM, gave them an acknowledgment from the label which was in charge to distribute in the dometsic market, a disc of Septeto for the very first time in twenty years. At the same time, Escalona read a letter of Orlando Vistel, President of the Cuban Music Insitute, in which he congratulates personally with tha band for the Grammy and for its committment with the defense of the best of cuban music with authentic humilty. In the same way, the Septeto received congratulations by the Direction of Culture of the Province and the acclamation of the audience made form young and old people and coming from different places. Lazaro Exposito Canto, member of the Central Comitee of Communist Party and Governor of the Province of Santiago de Cuba joined the band in all of these activities.

RADIO ENCICLOPEDIA

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Presentation of Septeto Santiaguero at New Yorl Lincoln Center

Publicado: 2016.04.26 – 15:03:12 / web@renciclopedia.icrt.cu / Redacción Digital Enciclopedia

The prestigious american newspaper “The New York Times”, both in its press and digital versión announced the performance of Septeto Santiaguero for the next June in the Lincoln Center of New York City. The awaited show inserts among the anual performances “Midsummer night swing” (21st of June until 9th of July) where meet traditional and universal musical genre like salsa, tango, disco and of course swing, with dancing lessons for those who are interested in it. According to the media, the Septeto Santiaguero is performing on 28th of June, and the audience could enjoy the most famous themes of the disc “No quiero llanto-Tributo a los Compadres”, 2015 Latin Grammy winner and nominated to the english versión of 2016 prize. Last August “The New York Times” underlined the quality of the disc, realized together with the dominican singer Jose Alberto “El Canario” and which became a tribute to one of the most significant duos of cuban music. At this time Septeto Santiaguero is in Venezuela, where it is performing until next 10th of May, in places like Barquisimeto, Aragua and Caracas. On 21st of May they are performing in Havana where they have been invited to participate in a new discographic production with Omara Portuondo, the Diva of Buena Vista Social Club.

CANCIONEROS.COM

Digital Journal of Author Music

07/02/2017

With the title of “Raiz”, the most recent discographic production of Septeto Santiaguero, is an explicit tribute to cuban music and to its traditional values, its sonorities and authors.

Presented today under the brand of the label EGREM, “Raiz” tries to resume decades of musical history with authors and works which meet in an exquisite selection. On a chronological timeline, the Eastern native band gives back themes and versions of works of traditional authors like Miguel Matamoros, Sindo Garay, or Arsenio Rodriguez, and of more contemporary authors like Silvio Rodriguez, Pablo Milanes or Adalberto Alvarez. During the performance in the piano bar Delirio Havanero, in Havana, the Director and one of the producers Fenando Dewar, underlined that he was extremely satisfied with the discographic work. The producción was focused on preserve the originality of the interpretations, especially the spontaneity, as a result of evocating the atmosphere of Casa de la Trova of Santiago, currently haunted by young people. One of the other producers, Alden Gonzalez, detailed in some declarations to Prensa Latina, that working with more contemporary sonorities allowed them to reach young generations and at the same time to maintain a traditional focus. The Septeto Santiaguero hasn’t just influences of traditional bands, it also has of Van Van, Orquesta Revé, de Oscar de León, de Dimensión Latina,
de La combinación perfecta; they are more contemporary referents, which sonorities are closer to the young people, he said. In the making of “Raiz”, many famous instrumentalists and interpreters, cuban and international, have been involved like the saxophonist Carlos Miyares, Alejandro Almenares, or the Puerto Rican Charlie Aponte, the american Nicholas Payton or the panamanian Ruben Blades. The disc collect the last record of Reinaldo Creagh, the voice of Vieja Trova Santiaguera, the forerunner movement of a vast traditional music. The new album is going to be distributed in Cuba, while some negociations have been started to obtain its distribution through United States and Europe until it could be sold worldwide.

ON CUBA NEWS

Online News Service
Cuban music for a long time with Septeto Santiaguero and El Canario

Por Eric Caraballoso julio 25, 2018 en Música

The unión between Septeto Santiaguero and Jose Alberto El Canario seem to be like an eternal love affair. Even if it’s recent, the artistic and commercial engagement between the cuban band and the dominican singer has already given results like the Latin Grammy and it promises new successes in the future. What we have done until now is just the beginning, assures the dominican producer and interpreter. The link between the Septeto and El canario began with the álbum “Vamos pa’ la fiesta (2013)” in which they record together the song “Amor Silvestre”. Then it came “No quiero llanto. Tributo a Los Compadres (2015)”, a two-handed production with which they conquerred the critics and the audience and with which they won the Latin Academy prize. With this álbum would also start a tight comercial relationship, because since that moment, the dominican label – Los Canario Music – has been in charge of
promoting the santiagueros work outside Cuba. And so did it with “Raiz”, in which El Canario doesn’t have an artistic role. And nowadays do it with the most recent collaboration between the two parts: “A mí qué. Tributo a los clásicos cubanos” which was recorded in Cuba under the label EGREM, like the previous works. “Singing with Septeto allowed me to make true one of my dream since I was a child: to make cuban music – El Canario says . This is the music that I have always done, which inspired me, especially the traditional one. It may be called salsa or in another way, but is cuban music”.
Septeto Santiaguero and El Canario: a tribute to the classics
The dominican doesn’t hide his preference for Septeto Santiaguero when he’s going to make this wish come true. In his opinión the band directed by Fernando Dewar “Is above all, quality, and has the essence of the good cuban music, in a very original way”. The Septeto, by its side, confirms that Jose Alberto is much more tan a simple commercial partner. “We will always be grateful to El Canario for his support and for this big family we formed since a few years – Dewar says – We share the love for traditional cuban music, and we also joined us form a personal point of view,because we try to meet each other and to share ideas whereever we are, and from those ideas were born the projects that we have today”.
A mí qué…
This inclusive and innovating feature caractherizes the disc which count as an added value with guests like the puerto rican Gilberto Santa Rosa and Edwin Colon Zayas, the cubans Pancho Cespedes, Alexander Abreu and Orlando Valle “Maraca”, and the dominican accordionist El Prodigio. They are the first of a list in which also join the rumberos Osain del Monte, el trovador Alejandro Almenares, the santiaguero Angel “El Puro” Valerino and bands like the Sinphonic Orquestra of Oriente, and many more.. In this project we put hearth and soul, and when I called some of my collegues, like Gilberto Santa Rosa to join it, I never received a “no” as an answer because they understood the quality of what we were doing –says El Canario – We hope it could triumph worldwide and it could win important prizes, with God’s will”

Rumbo a Estados Unidos
“A mi què…” is a very cuban disc, but also multinational. And not only for its guests. It has been recorded in Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and United States and has been re-masterized in Miami, by the famous Ronny Torres. “Every time we received a new voice or a new instrument recorded in another place, and we could sum it to our work, it was very very exciting.” – says Dewar about the making of. A process like this one, it’s not nwe for Septeto Santiaguero, one of the most internationally projected band of the last years . Its more recent productions have always counted with an important endorsment outside the Island, that was an advantage for the quality level and opened the doors for the promotion campaigns. With this experience and the alliance with El Canario, the Septeto aims far away
with its new álbum. Already presented inside and outside Cuba, not only phisically but also on digital platform like iTunes, Amazon and Spotify, “A mi que…” has a profitable path ahead of it. Its promotional strategies , says to OnCuba Alden Gonzalez, manager of the band, are very similar to the ones used with “No quiero llanto…” the ones which allowed it to seduce important marketplaces, especially the american, and enable it to win the Latin Grammy as well as the nomination to the anglosaxon one. Nevertheless, to repit that situation they will have to deal with the very bad relationship between Cuba and Usa under Donald Trump presidency which affected the cultural exchanges.

EE.UU. “bailó bonito” con el Septeto Santiaguero
“Unfortunately the current situation it’s not same of that of Grammy victory – says Gonzales – We suffered it beacuse we had to cancel our concerts of April in Unted States bacuse of difficulties obtaining visas. Anyway, we are optimist: we have planned a tour for final of September and onether between December and January.We are in a positive state of mind and we know that when things don’t run well, we must strive twice”. Not just as a singer, but also as a producer, El Canario bets on a triumphant return: “As a label (Los Canarios Music) we are going to do the best to replay everything we achieved with the previous disc. We are giong to work hard to allow Septeto coming back to United States; their presenc there is very important in terms of sells and critics acceptance, beacuse perorfming is the best way to show what we did. It may result difficult but anything is imposible and we can do it”. Moreover, Septeto Santiaguero doesn’t turn its back to different audiences like latin-american and european, which are followers since their previous albums, and also counts with proposals of other “very new” markets – remarked Mario Escalona, director of EGREM, during the presentation of “A mi que..” In the meantime, the band will continue presenting on cuban stages during summer – like recently in Festival Josone in Varadero – and before the year is gone the should realize a national tour through the Island, together with international presentations and under the EGREM wish. But, starting from now, the band look at the future, pushed by the gained acknowledgment and the El Canario enthusiasm.”Many thing are coming, because there are many preciousness, many cuban music that we wish to interpretate – the dominican confirmed – We have a lot to do, and that’s because we keep working with Septeto Santiaguero with God’s will. This is not going to stop”.
https://oncubanews.com/cultura/musica/septeto-santiaguero-y-el-canario-solo-un-inicio/

VISTAR MAGAZINE

Indipendent magazine of cuban culture
Septeto Santiaguero promotes its latest album in the United States

4 octubre, 2018 por Lied Lorain

Septeto Santiaguero started last Wednesday a tour through United States which includes presentation in three cities: Virginia, New York and Washington until 8th of October.

During the tour, the band promotes the álbum “A mí qué. Tributo a los clásicos cubanos”, its latest discographic production together with José Alberto El Canario, which is nominated to the Latin Grammy as the Best Traditional Tropical Album, where Omara Portuondo competes with “Omara siempre”. The band presentations in United States started in Virginia University, after two successfull presentations in Yucatan and Cancun.

Septeto Santiaguero will also offer, as part of its tour, concerts in Moss Center (Arts center) of Virginia next Friday and in Brooklin Museum in New York on Saturday 6th. This one with the support of Carnegie Hall cultural organization. The United States tour will end in Washington with two presentation, the last one in the Kennedy Center.

TRABAJADORES

Cuban Workers’Party media
El Septeto Santiaguero: Old music, new music, good music

Published on 22nd of August 2018

Many of those who danced and enjoyed at the rythim of la Meneadera (álbum “Raiz”, 2017) think that this is a Septeto Santiaguero creation. Not everyone knows that the theme has an ancient origin and the autor is Ignacio Piñeiro.
It happens that the Santiaguero took off the dust form it – as they did which many many themes – they put their sound experience, with lines of modernity, and relaunch it to the dance floors with an absolute acceptance by the audience, cuban and international, something similar of what happened with “La fiesta no es para feos (also in Raíz) and with “Esa familia a mí no me conviene” (CD Vamos pa’ la fiesta, 2012) just to name some examples.
Among the followers and those who enjoy these themes there are a lot of young people, very interesting for Septeto Santiaguero, palpable demonstration that the traditional cuban music is not an old people thing.
This is what Fernando Dewar, Director of Septeto, said, focused on
showing to the new generations the quality, the diversity, the greatness of compositionts which for a long long time the cuban have been doing in this land, musical reference for many musicians in the world.
Keeping closer to young people and transmit them that “they can enjoy our genres and appreciate their values”, without stop rejoicing the old people, has always been the main purpose of the band and keep as one of their priorities.
To do this, according to what Fernando said to Trabajadores, they are committed to do several videoclips of different themes of the disc “A mí qué. Tributo a los clásicos cubanos “(togehter with José Alberto, El Canario).
The idea is to present themselves in the places mostly haunted by young people, and they will do it during the first national tour, organized with the support of EGREM and scheduled for the end of the year.
Focused on the promotion of “A mi què…” for the rest of 2018, they will reach several stages in America and Europe, where people know them and recognize them as the most authentic interpreters of the best of musical art in Cuba, and carriers of the honour for being nomnated four times in a row to the Latin Grammy and have won it in 2015 with the disc No quiero llanto. Tributo a Los Compadres.
Septeto Santiaguero – which has always shared the mic with famous artista, both inside and outside the counrty, like Ruben Blades, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Jose Alberto El Canario, Oscar D’Leon, Alexander Abreu, Pancho Cespedes;- is still working in projects with Omara Portuondo and Haila.
With its peculiar way of refreshing old songs, Septeto Santiaguero confirms its leadership, which combine the talent of its musicians and the coherence of a promotion management which have its roots in the city of Santiago de Cuba, that gives them something more than the name.

TVSANTIAGO

Santiago de Cuba Television Web Site
Septeto Santiaguero celebrates its second Latin Grammy with a concert in Santiago

Published on 28th of December, 2018 by Claudia González Catalán

Santiago de Cuba, 28th of December – When they announced that Septeto Santiaguero did another tribute production with the brand of Jose Alberto El Canario, Santiago de Cuba was just ready to join them celebrating.
And even if the success of Septeto Santiaguero is going through the world since November, when they played in Santiago de Cuba they reched the highest level.
The site between Carrettera del Morro and Calle 3 was choosen as a termometer of the cuban popular music and to confirm the excellence of Septeto Santiaguero. Thousends of dancers confirmed its international popularity until early sunrise.
It was extraordinary enough to receive five nominations in a row to the Latin Grammy, until 2018 brought them the second Grammy.
The disc “A mí qué. Tributo a los Clásicos Cubanos”, fixed among the albums of Traditional Tropical category, a mix of country son with rumba arrangements, timba and urban music. Osain del Monte, Alexander Abreu and other artists performed together with the Septeto, sharing for more than two hours themes of thi succesfull disc, like La Guarapachanga and La fiesta no es para feos.
During this night, the Directive of Provincial Culture, consigned an aknowledgment to the band directed bya Fernando Dewar for positioning at an international level the music done in Santiago de Cuba. Dewar confirmed feeling grateful for the importance of the art they defend in their interpretations.
The artistic maturity of the unique band which achieve this musical result is undeniable. The success of A mí qué…”in the city where it was born, is just the input of a big national promotion.
In the new year’s eve, this concert, thinked to realice the awaited reunión between the Septeto and its audience, is something more among the reasons to celebrate in Santiago.

ART FOR EXCELLENCE

Magazine dedicated to promote contemporary visual art trends in Caribbean and Americas
Guarapachanga that moves the world

18-02-2019

The 24th anniversary of Septeto Santiaguero – 2015 Cuba Exelencias Prize winners – and the recent Latin Grammy drive to enjoy the prestigious band from the essence of dancers itself. Rewarded in the Best Traditional Tropical Album category with the CD “A mí qué, Tributo a los clásicos cubanos”,you can enjoy the Septeto on Mondays in Casa de la Trova and on Fridays in La Pachanga, one of the gratest dance floor in Santiago de Cuba. In both sites a flood of dancers follows the phenomenon La Guarapachanga. La Guarapachanga se puede bailar…The music plays and men and women of all parts join together in the ballroom in an explosión of movement. “Our committment is with the dancers and the clave cubana is very important to us – says Fernando Dewar, director of the Septeto – even if we basically play traditional music, we are open to the fusión, mixing of others genres and collaborations. We love the fact that we have many followers from dance schools, and this is the difference from the others septetos”The 24th anniversary of Septeto Santiaguero – 2015 Cuba Exelencias Prize winners – and the recent Latin Grammy drive to enjoy the prestigious band from the essence of dancers itself. Rewarded in the Best Traditional Tropical Album category with the CD “A mí qué, Tributo a los clásicos cubanos”,you can enjoy the Septeto on Mondays in Casa de la Trova and on Fridays in La Pachanga, one of the gratest dance floor in Santiago de Cuba. In both sites a flood of dancers follows the phenomenon La Guarapachanga. La Guarapachanga se puede bailar…The music plays and men and women of all parts join together in the ballroom in an explosión of movement. “Our committment is with the dancers and the clave cubana is very important to us – says Fernando Dewar, director of the Septeto – even if we basically play traditional music, we are open to the fusión, mixing of others genres and collaborations. We love the fact that we have many followers from dance schools, and this is the difference from the others septetos” Se puede bailar, se puede gozar…the audience excedes with one of the most famous song of the latest disc. “As part of the promotion of this disc – added Dewar – we will film in a brief time the videoclips of La Guarapachanga in the short versión with Alexander Abreu and No me voy a disgustar with José Alberto El Canario”. Septeto Santiaguero, distinguished in the country for making dance young people and adults together with the best of traditional cuban music, gets ready to a 2019 with many domestic and international committments, among them the fulfillment of the national tour started on 27th of December in Carrettera del Morro and Calle 3 togther with Alexander Abreu. This concert has been filmed and edited for DVD, presented as one of the most important cultural event of the last year.The 24th anniversary of Septeto Santiaguero – 2015 Cuba Exelencias Prize winners – and the recent Latin Grammy drive to enjoy the prestigious band from the essence of dancers itself. Rewarded in the Best Traditional Tropical Album category with the CD “A mí qué, Tributo a los clásicos cubanos”,you can enjoy the Septeto on Mondays in Casa de la Trova and on Fridays in La Pachanga, one of the gratest dance floor in Santiago de Cuba. In both sites a flood of dancers follows the phenomenon La Guarapachanga. La Guarapachanga se puede bailar…The music plays and men and women of all parts join together in the ballroom in an explosión of movement. “Our committment is with the dancers and the clave cubana is very important to us – says Fernando Dewar, director of the Septeto – even if we basically play traditional music, we are open to the fusión, mixing of others genres and collaborations. We love the fact that we have many followers from dance schools, and this is the difference from the others septetos” Se puede bailar, se puede gozar…the audience excedes with one of the most famous song of the latest disc. “As part of the promotion of this disc – added Dewar – we will film in a brief time the videoclips of La Guarapachanga in the short versión with Alexander Abreu and No me voy a disgustar with José Alberto El Canario”. Septeto Santiaguero, distinguished in the country for making dance young people and adults together with the best of traditional cuban music, gets ready to a 2019 with many domestic and international committments, among them the fulfillment of the national tour started on 27th of December in Carrettera del Morro and Calle 3 togther with Alexander Abreu. This concert has been filmed and edited for DVD, presented as one of the most important cultural event of the last year. Pachangueras and Pachangueros! whoops the announcer and the audience anwers dancing. With the theme “Esa familia a mi no me conviene… “ a human whirl stir without knowing that soon it would enjoy another place to dance. “The place that before was known as the Salon del Son will be the headquarter of the band with the aim of use it as a mutlifunctional site for different audience and different music genres, explains Dewar, here we will exchange experiences with cuban and foreign artists. It is really important to us! Septeto Santiaguero will continue focusing its production in traditional cuban music but also, confirms the Director, it will explore new compositions and collaborations, very important for the band. Hoy quiero bailar, hoy quiero tomar porque la rumba está buena…The group directed by Dewar will performe next April in different american cities for the 50th anniversary of New Orleans Jazz Festival. In summer 2019 Septeto Santiaguero announces its participationin several european stages. In the same way they plan to extend their participation in the different EGREM institutions all over the country and keep their usual sites in Santiago de Cuba. About the possibility to gather in a book the history of Septeto Santiaguero, Dewar explained recently that there are many people interested in writing it. “There is a lot of material and it should be very interesting if we really could do this book for our 25th anniversary, as we are finishing a documental realized by David Hernandez and financed by EGREM. Pachangueras and Pachangueros! whoops the announcer and the audience anwers dancing. With the theme “Esa familia a mi no me conviene… “ a human whirl stir without knowing that soon it would enjoy another place to dance. “The place that before was known as the Salon del Son will be the headquarter of the band with the aim of use it as a mutlifunctional site for different audience and different music genres, explains Dewar, here we will exchange experiences with cuban and foreign artists. It is really important to us! Septeto Santiaguero will continue focusing its production in traditional cuban music but also, confirms the Director, it will explore new compositions and collaborations, very important for the band. Hoy quiero bailar, hoy quiero tomar porque la rumba está buena…The group directed by Dewar will performe next April in different american cities for the 50th anniversary of New Orleans Jazz Festival. In summer 2019 Septeto Santiaguero announces its participationin several european stages. In the same way they plan to extend their participation in the different EGREM institutions all over the country and keep their usual sites in Santiago de Cuba. About the possibility to gather in a book the history of Septeto Santiaguero, Dewar explained recently that there are many people interested in writing it. “There is a lot of material and it should be very interesting if we really could do this book for our 25th anniversary, as we are finishing a documental realized by David Hernandez and financed by EGREM.

PRENSA LATINA

Latin-american press agency
Eliades y el Septeto Santiaguero, música de lujo en Santiago de Cuba
Por Martha Cabrales Arias

Friday, August 16, 2019

Santiago de Cuba, 31st of May (Prensa Latina). The presentations of Eliades Ochoa and Septeto Santiaguero this weekend in different stages of this city, become today the luxury music entertainment and tribute to the 40 years of Estudios Siboney.
In the press conference, Ochoa and Fernando Dewar, director of Septeto Santiaguero, both winners of Grammy and with a remarkable international reputation, informed that this night they will be in the Casa de la Musica La Pachanga, Enramada Street and tomorrow they will be in Plaza de Marte. Ochoa, who performed for his audience in the Salon de los Grandes of Casa de la Trova, confimed his affection to the label EGREN, born by an initiative of the Commander of the Revolution Juan Almeida, famous composer. On his side, the “tresero” and producer of the Septeto claimed to the collaboration of Eliades in the disc “No quiero llanto-Tributo a Los Compadres”, which obtain the Grammy in 2015, and that was considered a paradigm of the defence of the more authentic cuban traditional music. Both Dewar and Ochoa confirmed their creative loyalty to the sonorous heritage of the most cultural city in Cuba, and where both of them started their carreers in the Casa de la Trova. With two prizes of the American Music Academy and six nminations on the row, including the one of the anglosaxon section, Septeto Santiaguero has had a tremendous rise, while the leader of Cuarteto Patria integrated the nomination of the prestigiuous Buena Vista Social Club. The proposals of these days start also with the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Septeto, which announced its first national tour starting from next month, a new disc and presentations in Colombia, Mexico and Europe.

RADIO REBELDE

National Broadcasting of Cuban Radio
Guarapachanga through Cuba, Septeto Santiaguero national tour

2019-06-03 07:55:44

Septeto Santiaguero, Latin Grammy winner in 2015 and 2018, is starting on June 5th in Pinar del Rio, its first national tour, called “Guarapachanga por Cuba”, that in its first stage will cover western cities until June 13th. Accordng to Radio Enciclopedia, the band Director Fernando Dewar, showed that it was an ancient wish to make it posible that the followers of cuban traditional music could enjoy it. Endorsed by EGREM and the Cuban Music Institute, they will performe then in Artemisa, Mayabeque, La Habana, Matanzas, Cienfuegos and Trinidad. In this occasion, he said, they will include themes from “No quiero llanto. Tributo a Los Compadres”, “Raíz”, “Vamos pa´ la fiesta”and “A mí qué. Tributo a los clásicos cubanos”

GUERRILLERO

Local newspaper with sports, cultural, tobacco news from Cuba
The Septeto Santiaguero, breaking the schemes

June 7, 2019 Written by Yanetsy Ariste

On June 5th the Milanés Theatre of Pinar del Rio received on its stage the famous Septeto Santiaguero. About the concert offered to the audience in the frame of the national tour “Guarapachanga por Cuba”, Guerrillero interwieved the Director Fernando Dewar. “Why does the Septeto start the tour from Pinar del Rio?” “We value a lot the musical richness of this land and we’ve always had the wish to come. We id this tour beacuse we often performe in Havana and Santiago but quite never in the other cities. So, we decided to start from Pinar del Rio: a new audience to us. We feel the desire to play for you, seeing that we adore Polo Montanez music and wu know that the audience here is dancer. We also are very close to other bands from here, like spteto Pinar Son and Maravilla. It’s curios that from the western province of the Island, they could be direct followers of what we do and we are proud that they consider us as a reference to defend music.” As to endorse the importance of“Guarapachanga por Cuba” Dewar shows the discography and the prizes received by the band, Ten recorded disc, five nominations in a row to Latin Grammy, including two winning, one nomination to the American Grammy, and three Cubadisco. On the other side, the Septeto, which is quite famous abroad, would like to have the chance to exchange with the national audience. Fernando also expressed his visión about the cuban traditional music which can be appropriate for all ages: “People are not catalogued; they think that we play music for old people and for places of few people. We want to break this scheme. We asimilate different genres like son, bolero, guaracha, changui and danzon, to dnace in the streets, at home, in a party and to make young people follow us too. Otherwise, what kind of future we appoint to tradtional music if, since now, we keep it for old generations?” His latest disc “A mí qué – Tributo a los clásicos cubanos”, Latin Grammy winner, recorded with the dominican singer JOse Alberto El Canario, is just the sign of this visión of experimentation and sonority renovation of the band, and above all it ceases with elitarian and cultural schematisms. It’s a diversified álbum, that includes contemporary elements and genres like rumba. It also count with important guests like Gilberto Santa Rosa, Pancho Céspedes, Alexander Abreu and other”. After six nominations – among Latin and Anglosaxon Grammy – and two Latin Grammy Awards in the category Best Album of Traditional Tropical Music, what are the plans of Septeto Santiaguero? We are preparing the promotion campaign for ours 25 years, that we are celebrating on February 2020. We have several projects, among them there is a documentary about the “Septeto” and it’s almost finished a book about us. We will open a permanent location in Santiago which has been preparing by local governement and EGREM; and we will make a disc that contains the path of Septeto along these two past decades” After its show in Pinar del Rio, the Guarapachanga por Cuba continues. Today the performe in the Casa de la Musica of Artemis; tomorrow in “31 y 2” in Havana. On June 9th they will be in Mayabeque Square; On June 11th in Sauto theatre in Matanzas; On June 12 in the Salon del Danzon in Cienfuegos; and on June 13th in the Casa de La Musica of Trinidad.

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