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Flor de amor

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  • Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club to Tour US, Featuring Omara Portuondo, Guajiro Mirabal, Barbarito Torres, Eliades Ochoa

    On September 14, Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club brings its world tour to the US for a run of dates that will hit New York, San Francisco, Austin, Atlanta, Indianapolis, and more. The 15-member lineup includes Latin Grammy Award winners Omara Portuondo and Eliades Ochoa, trumpeter Guajiro Mirabal, and laúd virtuoso Barbarito Torres, all of whom count themselves among the original members of Buena Vista Social Club. Opening a number of concerts with his quintet will be Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca.

  • Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, Omara Portuondo US Tour Opener Canceled; Remaining Shows Go On As Scheduled

    Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club, featuring Omara Portuondo, was due to kick off a three-city US tour in Brooklyn's Prospect Park tonight. Unfortunately, the performance has been canceled due to visa delays. Instead, a special outdoor screening of Wim Wenders’ classic documentary Buena Vista Social Club will take place. The remainder of the tour, at Ravinia and the Hollywood Bowl, will take place as planned this weekend.

About this Album

Flor de amor, a collection of musical love letters, was recorded in Havana’s legendary EGREM studios with a stellar cast of Cuban and Brazilian musicians as well as producers Nick Gold and Jerry Boys, renowned Cuban arranger Demetrio Muniz (Ibrahim Ferrer), and the Brazilian producer Alê Siqueira. The record’s varied set culminates in the tender Portuguese ballad “Casa Calor,” specially written for her by the Brazilian musician Carlinhos Brown.

Guitarists featured on the album include Papi Oviedo on tres (traditional Cuban guitar), Manuel Galbán on rhythm, Brazil’s Swami Jr. on seven-string, and Irakere’s Carlos Emilio and Jorge Chicoy on acoustic and electric. Portuondo’s rhythm section features Cachaíto López on bass, Roberto Fonseca on piano, and the Cuban maestros Miguel “Angá” Diaz and Ramses Gonzáles on congas and drums.

Flor de amor opens with the atmospheric Afro-rhythm of “Tabú,” which is followed by “Amor de mis amores,” a bolero anchored by a string section and trombone. “Mueve la cintura mulato” features charanga strings, Brazilian guitar, and Cuban flute solos. The intimate “Amorosa guajira” relies only on Portuondo’s vocals and tres guitar. Also included on the record is “Hermosa Habana”—an ode to Portuondo’s native city. Flor de amor follows the singer’s acclaimed World Circuit / Nonesuch debut, 2000’s The Buena Vista Social Club Presents Omara Portuondo.


Omara Portuondo, vocals (1-14)
Carlos Emilio, acoustic and electric guitar (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 11, 14)
Swami Jr., 7-string guitar (1, 4, 6, 7, 10, 13, 14)
Roberto Fonseca, keyboards (1), piano (2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10), organ (6), clavinet (7)
Javier Zalba, clarinet (1)
Orlando 'Cachaito' López, bass (1-7, 9, 10-14)
Ramses Manuel Rodriguez, drums (1, 13)
Emilio del Monte Jr., congas; Emilio del Monte, timbales; Julio Guera, batas (1)
Caridad Valdéz Menéndez, Yaremi Alfonso Nápoles, Idania Valdéz Casuso, coro (1-7, 9, 13)
Riena Hernandez Centeno, coro (1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 13)
Papi Oviedo, tres (2, 3, 8, 9, 11, 13)
Manuel Galbán, acoustic guitar; Jorge Chicoy, electric guitar (2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 11, 13)
Jesus Aguaje Ramos, trombone (2)
Miguel ‘Anga’ Diaz, congas (2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 13, 14)
Carlos Gonzalez, bongos (2, 5, 9), clave (4)
Amatido Valdéz, timbales (2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12)
Alberto ‘Virgilio’ Valdéz, maracas (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 13)
Teresa Garcia, coro (2, 5, 9)
Xiomara Valdéz, coro (2, 5, 9), second voice (4)
Gavyn Wright (leader), Patrick Kiernan, Boguslaw Kostecki, Julian Leaper, Perry Montague-Mason, Kathy Shane, C. Thompson, Chris Tombling, violin (2, 10, 11, 13)
Gustav Clarkson, Zoe Jake, Bruce White, viola (2, 10, 11, 13)
David Daniels, Martin Loveday, cello (2, 10, 11, 13)
Miguel de la Hoz, trumpet (3)
Nicholas Bucknall, Philip Todd, clarinet (3, 11, 12)
Andy Findon, bass clarinet (3, 12)
Ramses M, Gonzalez, drums (3, 4, 11, 13)
Enrique Lazaga, guiro (3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9)
Polo Tomayo, flute (4, 5)
Abilio Betancourt Bejerano, Edward Mazaran Betancourt, Yordanys Ravelo Machado, violin (4)
Augusto Diago, (4, 5, 6, 9)
Lazaro Dagoberto Gonzaléz, Julian Corrales, Silvio Duquesne, violin (4, 5)
Emilio Vega, vibes (6, 14)
Marcos Suzano, shaker, pandeiro (6); shaker, tables, baixela (10)
Ariel Sarduy, violin (6, 9)
Mario Fernandez, violin (6)
Bararito Torres, laoud (7, 14)
Eduardo Rubio, flute; Horacio Rodriguez, timbales; Celco Valdéz, violin; Dagoberto González Piedra, violin; Leo Bit Bit, timbau, surdo; Boghan Costa, timbau, surdo; Elton, timbau, surdo; Rita Manning, violin (7)
Peter Lale, viola (7, 10, 13)
Simon Burwell, keyboard; Adel Gonzalez, congas; Victor Villa, Carlos M. Calunga, Tirso O. Duarte, coro (9)
Toninho Ferragutti, Acordeon (10)
Carlinhos Brown, percussion; Angela Lopo, backing vocals; Alê Siqueira, theramin; Nailor Proveta, clarinet; Goyo, abacuá; Lazaro Hernández, abacuá; Yelien Garcia, abacuá; Ricardro Chirino, abacuá (14)


A World Circuit Production
Produced by Nick Gold and Jerry Boys
Co-produced by Demetrio Muñiz
Arrangements by Demetrio Muñiz
Musical consultant: Simon Burwell
Tracks 1, 6, 7, 10 &14 produced by Alê Siqueira
Co-produced by Demetrio Muñiz
Arrangements by Demetrio Muñiz, Alê Siqueira & Swami Jr.
Recorded at Egrem Studios, Havana; Livingston Studios, London & Recorder Studios, Paris 2003
Recorded by Jerry Boys
Assistant recording engineers: James Thompson & Isel Martinez Rodriguez
Mixed and mastered at Livingston Studios, London
Mixed by Jerry Boys with Simon Burwell
Assistant mix engineer: Chris Wilcock
Mastered by Tom Leader & Jerry Boys

Photography by Christina Jaspars
Design by
Production supervisor: Sara Daoud

Executive Producer: Nick Gold


This album is available from Nonesuch in the United States and Canada only.

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