Son Asi - CD

Traditional Cuban music - son, bolero, trova & guaracha - performed by one of Cuba's most beloved septets.

After listening carefully to this CD, you will have a great appreciation for traditional Cuban music played in an authentic style by very talented musicians. When listening to the distinctive voice of Felix Valera Miranda, a huge connoisseur of the secrets of life, a standing figure of a centennial family dedicated to preserving the authenticity of traditional Cuban music, you can feel the love, devotion and respect he has for his art. He has been a joyful professor over the last 50 years, inspiring generations of musicians. Felix comes from a modest and profoundly patriotic family, from the Oriente (Eastern part of Cuba), in the Cauto River basin, near Las Tunas, Bayamo and Manzanillo, and his lineage is a blend of races and a melting-pot where Hispanic and African cultures met. 

Felix officially founded the sextet, La Familia Valera Miranda, in 1985 with his wife Carmen on maracas, his 3 sons - Enrique on cuatro, Raul on contrabass, Ernesto on bongos - and Radames Gonzalez on claves. Over the course of the years, the ensemble evolved to include a new member, Wilfredo Fuentes, on congas. Now, La FVM is a typical traditional septet that, in spite of their virtuosity, aims to preserve the archetypal sound of the traditional Cuban music. This emphasis on authenticity led to their popularity amongst a diverse group of international as well as Cuban fans and students devoted to the study and understanding of traditional Cuban music.

This CD includes both original songs as well as those by other internationally acclaimed Cuban composers including Lorenzo Hierrezuelo, Eduardo Saborit, Simon Diaz & Mercedes Pedroso. They are arranged and performed in their very own way to pay homage to the music of such outstanding masters. Listen closely to the lyrics on these selected songs as they refer to different themes popular in Cuban folklore. 
They may allude to a woman’s beauty, criticize a bad attitude, include “pregones” or street vendor calls & make social or political commentaries. The use of humor in the form of puns & double entendres is very typical of Cuban Son. We hope you are able to appreciate the interlocking elements incorporated into these pieces & enjoy the CD as it was meant to be enjoyed.

Recorded in Santiago de Cuba, in 2006, by Enrique Valera, this CD is a family affair from start to finish.

Puro Son - Live at Casa de la Trova - DVD - Concert on Calle Heredia

Live concert on Calle Heredia with La Familia Valera Miranda playing traditional Cuban music. One of the most famous family septetos in Cuba, La Familia Valera Miranda has been playing traditional Cuban Son for generations. World-renowned for their virtuosity, the most important elements of their musical heritage are the authenticity, purity & eloquence in their style. Filmed in front of the Casa de la Trova in Santiago de Cuba, this live concert DVD captures the essence of the group.

De Santiago Yo No Me Voy - New CD!!!

“De Santiago Yo No Me Voy” is the title track of this CD, but more importantly, it is the guiding principle of this group's founder, Felix Valera. Just as son cannot be separated musically & historically from the eastern part of Cuba, the life & cultural development of Felix Valera is firmly planted on that part of the island. As the bearer of this musical legacy, he defends the roots of the culture & musical traditions he inherited. He’s never succumbed to fame's temptations nor to the artistic-musical prestige awarded to his group as they achieved national & international acclaim.

The musical creations originating in the heart of eastern Cuba are extremely rich - it is a vast land of pure son. These songs go back in time for more than 150 years; within the last 20 years, the artistic accomplishments of La Familia Valera Miranda, one of the most prestigious musical groups in Cuba, hold an important place.

Rarely does a recording have as much to offer in terms of cultural & artistic importance along with listening ease. The song selections on this CD have been chosen from La Familia Valera Miranda's huge musical repertoire which reflects Cuba's rich history. Included in this history is "son puro" or pure son, created at collective festive gatherings past & present. The CD's array of songwriters spans many generations. The contemporary interpretation of the son is reflected in the quality & balance of the vocal & musical arrangements. La Familia Valera Miranda's knowledge, mastery & respect for the traditional style are apparent in every song. All of which has been achieved by a collective of family & friends who are internationally renowned. They are exponents of traditional Son music & guardians of their cultural & familial history.

The fabulous musicians of La Familia Valera Miranda help us travel from the present day son santiaguera back in time to enjoy its rich history. They invite us “as a family” to enjoy the taste of pure son - son de Santiago de Cuba, the city where this music was cradled & then embraced by the rest of the world.

"De Santiago yo no me voy", es el título de un son de la presente fonografía, pero también es la premisa del líder de estos músicos. 

Felix Valera, oriundo del Oriente de Cuba, como el son, escogió a la ciudad de Santiago de Cuba para escenario de su vida y crecimiento cultural. Portador de esta expresión defiende el arraigo a su cultura y sus tradiciones musicales heredadas. No cede y no se pliega a las tentaciones de la fama y del prestigio artístico – musical, alcanzado por el excelente desempeño de su agrupación en los escenarios nacionales e internacionales. 
Sumamente rica es la creación musical desde el corazón del Oriente de Cuba, tierra inagotable de son puro. Cantares de son que pueden remontarse a más de siglo y medio, y dentro de este tiempo quedan comprendidos los casi veinte años de realización artística de La Familia Valera Miranda, una de las más prestigiosas agrupaciones de la música cubana.
Pocas veces en una propuesta fonográfica convergen varios valores de alta significación -culturales, artísticos y de placer-, he aquí el mayor mérito de esta producción. 
Entre los atributos apreciables en este disco se hallan: las obras seleccionadas, muestra de la gran riqueza histórica, tradicional y musical, que forman parte del rico repertorio de la agrupación. Puros sones creados en colectivos festivos del pasado y del presente. La paleta autoral escogida, que reúne a creadores de diferentes generaciones, así como la valiosa interpretación contemporaneizada de los sones, dada en el logro del equilibrio entre la calidad de la ejecución -instrumental y vocal de sus integrantes- en comunión con el conocimiento, dominio y respeto del estilo tradicional. Todo logrado por un colectivo de familia y de amigos, integrantes de una agrupación de renombre internacional, exponente de la tradición musical sonera, que salvaguarda su patrimonio cultural y familiar, donde el son se enseñorea.

Tales razones -desde la actualidad sonera santiaguera- retrotraen en perspectiva los códigos de una tradición potenciada, por los fabulosos músicos de La Familia Valera Miranda, quienes nos invitan “como en familia” a recibir y disfrutar el son alegre con sabor actual. Son de Santiago de Cuba, ciudad que lo acunó para ser acogido por el mundo entero.

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Que Lindo Bayamo

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El Son Cubano en Washington, D.C., 1989

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El Empanadillero

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University of Puget Sound - Tacoma, WA

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De Santiago Yo No Me Voy 2013

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Si las Viejas

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El Chivito De Ramona

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