The Muñequitos de Matanzas in 1955, within
a year of their founding. Top and center is the young
Chacha,quintero of the group.
Formed in 1952, this stellar rumba group is famous
throughout Cuba and only recently have they come to
be noticed in the US. They charmed audiences everywhere
on their first, second, and third US tours, in 1992,
1996, and 1998. Now they will be back in August, 1999
and again in the Spring of 2000.
The group got its start in 1952 in a bar in Barrio
Marina in Matanzas, Cuba, when a group of youths began
following the rhythms of a song by Arsenio Rodríguez
that was then playing, using dishes and bottles, as
is the style in "kitchen rumbas." For more,
see "the Foundation."
Their discography is a full list, and includes "El
guaguancó de Matanzas" (Siboney,88), "Los
Muñequitos de Matanzas" (Ace,90), "Rumba
caliente" (Qbadisc,92), "Oyelos de nuevo"
(Artex,93), "Real Rumba" (Corasón,94),
"Vacunao" (Qbadisc,95) o "Po Iban Eshu"
Los Muñequitos de Matanzas are part of the
living legend of African music in Cuba, and they remain
very close to their Abakwa (Efik/Efo) roots.
Diosdado Ramos Cruz General Director / Dancer / Guagua
Jesús Alfonso Miró Musical Director/Quinto
/ Cajón / Iyá batá
Baldomero Ricardo Cané Gómez Singer
Isrrael Berriel González Third voice
Bárbaro Ramos Aldazábal Dancer / Guagua
Vivian Ramos Aldazábal Dancer / Maruga
Ana Pérez Herrera Dancer / Falsetto singer
Alberto Romero Díaz Singer / Claves
Rafael Navarro Pujada Soloist / Claves
Isrrael Berriel Jiménez Soloist / Campana brasileña
Agustín Díaz Cano Salidor / Okónkolo
Facundo Pelladito Dancer / Percussion
Iván Alfonso Fernández Percusión