The Cuban jazz master, Chucho Valdés, comes to Fuerteventura for a unique concert
Chucho Valdés, the creator of the band Irakere, which is considered as the most important band in the history of Cuban music of the second half of the twentieth century, is coming to Fuerteventura on 22nd of March thanks to the Cultural Association called Isla y Ritmo and Producciones Volcánicas, in collaboration with Fuerteventura's Cabildo. The Cuban jazz master will play at the Training and Congress Palace of Fuerteventura and present his album Jazz Batá 2, that won the prize for Best Album of Latin Jazz 2019 at the Latin Grammy Awards. Chucho Valdés has won six Grammy and four Latin Grammy awards, the latter was this year with the album he will present in Fuerteventura on the 22nd of March. The three concerts that are taking place in the Canaries and the concert in Asturias are the only ones planned in Spain for his European tour in 2020 which the veteran Cuban musician is doing together with Dreiser Durruthy (Batá drums), Yaroldy Abreu (Congas), Ramón Vázquez (Double bass) and Valdés himself at the piano. Chucho Valdés, a life of musical excellence Chucho was born in Quivicán on the 9th of October 1941 and he benefitted from the influence of his father Bebo Valdés, an excellent pianist and key element of the development of mambo. He absorbed the classical and European musical influence together with the traits of popular music from the island and of North-American jazz. At the age of 16, he was already a pianist in his father's band. After a while, he started playing in the Musical Theatre Orchestra of La Habana, whose master was the composer Leo Brouwer. This is when he created the group “Chucho Valdés y su Combo” with the singer Amado Borcelá (Guapachá). In 1967, he was called by Armando Romeu to integrate the Cuban Orchestra of Modern Music, a group that marked the Cuban sound ambience. In 1973, he created his famous band: Irakere, a fusion between Afro-Cuban rhythms with bantú, Yoruba and carabalí influences with musical elements from the universal legacy. He has been the main inspiration in Afrocuban jazz for the past fifty years, Chucho Valdés has won six Grammy and four Latin Grammy Awards.