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Bobi Céspedes releases Mujer y Cantante, her homage to the Cuban Son!

02-14-2020 | Music Releases


OAKLAND, California --- On March 20, 2020, Bobi Céspedes will release “Mujer y Cantante” an album of eight original compositions in the traditional Cuban son style. A release party will follow on March 21 with shows at 7:00 & 9:00 pm, at Stanford Live! in Palo Alto, CA. Her performance is part of the season’s Sounds of Cuba series.

Gladys “Bobi” Céspedes has been at the forefront of representing Cuban music in the Bay Area and the United States for over 40 years. On her new album, Mujer y Cantante, Bobi thrills us with her prowess as woman and singer. Boldly celebrating the strength acquired through her rich familial and cultural legacy, she pays tribute to the forces that sustain her music and nourish her spirit. Bobi wears the mantle of a seasoned sonera, surrendering fully to the Cuban son in her most traditional album to date.

Bobi first came to international attention as lead vocalist and co-director of the award winning Bay Area band, Conjunto Céspedes. With Conjunto Céspedes, Bobi forged a unique sound that did not easily fit the salsa music category. As the dynamic star of the band, Bobi led the local Latin music scene in the 90’s and toured internationally. She took a break from the Conjunto to record and tour with Mickey Hart, but soon returned to her calling as band leader, and singer/songwriter, establishing a band under her own name, which she has led for nearly 20 years. The band has two previous recordings: Rezos and Patakin. Bobi’s accomplishments include being invited to perform in the festival inaugurating the Smithsonian’s Museum of African American History and Culture in 2016. Her sold out shows in tribute to Celia Cruz at the SF Jazz Festival were so well received that she was asked to return for another tribute performance two years later.

The songs in Mujer y Cantante are arranged with her musical director, Marco Díaz, and feature her distinctive voice and unique approach to the fusion of son, Afro Cuban music and jazz in a sound that’s irresistibly danceable. Bobi Céspedes’ electrifying ensemble features some of the Bay area’s finest Latin Jazz musicians: Musical director, Marco Díaz on piano, trumpet and vocals; bassist Ernesto Mazar Kindelán; conguero Javier Navarrette; Julio Pérez on bongos and percussion; José Roberto Hernández on guitar and vocals; and Elizabeth “Lichi” Fuentes on vocals, chekeré, and güiro. As guest artists the album features John Santos on percussion, Camilo Landau on tres, and Morris Amaya on trumpet.

María Marqués
Bobi Céspedes Music
Oakland, California
February 14, 2020

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