Afro-Cuban Dimensions take a musical Journey From Cuba to Canada

The Vancouver Latin American Cultural Centre (VLACC) is proud to present Afro-Cuban Dimensions: A Musical Journey From Cuba to Canada at 8:00pm on Saturday, October 31st, at the Vancouver Playhouse, 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver.

Afro-Cuban Dimensions rehearsal.Left to right: Pablo Cardenas (piano), Peter Dowse (bass), Danay Sinclair Charon (voice), Israel Toto Berriel (percussion), Paul Bray (percussion). Photo by: Alexander Torres

Afro-Cuban Dimensions is a music and dance spectacle that presents an overview of the musical history of Cuba, focusing in particular on how the rhythms brought by the African slaves of various tribes fused with the music of the Spanish settlers; a fusion which had a profound influence on contemporary music.

Cuba’s on-going contribution to the many beats of popular dance, as well as Blues, Jazz, Country and Funk, all reflect the musical roots that Afro-Cuban Dimensions explores. The powerhouse performers are Israel Toto Berriel (voice & percussion), Pablo Cárdenas (piano), Peter Dowse (bass), Miguelito Valdés (trumpet), Danay Sinclair (voice), Mario Allende (percussion), Paul Bray (percussion) as well as the guests: Salvador Ferreras (percussion), Ilhan Saferali (piano) and Danais Yera Guerra (dancer).

All have a wealth of international experience. Most are originally from Cuba but are now based in British Columbia. Afro-Cuban Dimensions will be the first time they present together.

The repertoire includes the classic song from the Cuban movement la Nueva Trova “Amame como soy”, as well as unreleased songs, such as “Rezo a Oloddumare”, written especially for this show by singer-percussionist Israel Toto Berriel.

Afro-Cuban Dimensions: A Musical Journey from Cuba to Canada October 31st | 8:00pm Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver) Tickets are $ 30 and can be purchased at the door or online at www.vlacc.ca For more information about the spectacle and the musicians, or information about the organization, please visit our website at www.vlacc.ca 

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