In “Cuban Troubadour Heats up Parisian Nights,” Radio Cadena Agramonte reviews the success of Tony Avila—one of the most popular singers in Cuba today—and his band, who performed for the first time in France. The group played many rhythms, including son, guaracha, rumba, and Afro-bossa nova to a very welcoming audience at the Alejo Carpentier Hall in the Cuban Embassy in Paris.
For three hours the group toured a variety of genres, in a concert that at times was accompanied by the Senegalese group Toure Kunda and several musicians from the island, including pianist Pity Cabrera and Roldán González, a former member of the group Orishas.
Tony, a philosophy teacher turned into musician, boasts a great sense of humor, subtle irony and profound lyricism, and delighted the audience with pieces like “Titere” (Puppet), “La venganza” (Revenge), “Un negro como yo” (A black like me), “Havana” and “Silbando un bossa-nova” (Whistling a bossa-nova”. The troubadour thanked Cuba´s embassy in France and all who made possible this meeting with the public.
The group traveled to France for a concert with Toure Kunda on Dec. 4 at the Arts Center of Enghien-Les-Bains, located north of Paris. The concert will be broadcast live in Dakar, the Senegalese capital, the venue of the VI Summit of African Cities, whose motto is Build Africa from their territories.
[. . .] On his immediate projects, Avila said that he is completing a new album featuring Silvio Rodriguez, Cesar Lopez and Ray Fernandez, among others. The singer-songwriter was a Cubadisco laureate 2012 in the category of trova with the album En tierra (On Earth).