22 March 10
'...Serious musical expertise.' Q Magazine
Kicking off North Tyneside's Year of the Arts 2010, North Tyneside Arts welcome Cuban legends Sierra Maestra to the Playhouse, Whitley Bay.
Sierra Maestra have played a hugely significant part in the recent global explosion in popularity of Cuban music. Indeed, their ex-leader, Juan De Marcos González was the man who created Buena Vista Social Club while still with the band.
Sierra Maestra have been stars of Cuban music ever since the late 1970s. They were the first group, and remain the best, of the modern era to play in the old-style son line-up: tres, guitar, trumpet, bongo, güiro and vocals - as during the great days of the 1920s and '30s. They have been the pioneers in reviving, and now redefining this style for new generations and reintroducing it into the Cuban mainstream. They named themselves after the mountain range in the eastern part of Cuba as a tribute to the birthplace of son.
Their hugely infectious dance music has wowed audiences at clubs and festivals and around the world and they never fail to get crowds up on their feet and dancing.
Further Year of the Arts activities will be part of the Playhouse programme throughout 2010 - watch out for more details!