About Estrellas de Areito
Estrellas de Areito was an all-star ensemble of Cuban musicians assembled in 1979 by African producer Raoul Diamande and EGREM, the Cuban state recording company, to make a record that explored the roots of Afro-Cuban music. Over 30 of Cuba’s greatest musicians from several generations, including members of the Buena Vista Social Club, like pianist Rubén González, and the Afro-Cuban All Stars, like singer Pío Leyva, participated in the recordings and contributed to the relaxed, jam-session atmosphere of the sessions.
Five LPs were originally released from this one recording session, but for years, the recordings proved difficult to find, until the World Circuit / Nonesuch release, 20 years later, of Los Hereos, a re-mastered, two-CD set of the original 1979 recordings.
July 2, 1999
Among the musicians featured on Los Heroes—a lavishly packaged double CD documenting legendary recording sessions made in Havana, Cuba, in 1979 by the all-star group Estrellas de Areito—are Rubén González, a principal figure in the Buena Vista Social Club, and Pío Leyva, a member of the Afro-Cuban All Stars and Rubén González's band.