Guest mixing today is my homie Chris aka GRAVELHEADWRAP, who decided to pick out his favorite tracks from one of Cuba’s coolest bands, Grupo de Experimentacion Sonora del ICAIC (GESI for short). Comprised of great tracks from four of their albums from the 1970s, this mix is a great introduction for those of us (me included) who may have slept on GESI for whatever reason. Thanks, Chris! And viva GESI!
-Adam aka Slim Jenkins
Grupo de Experimentacion Sonora del ICAIC was formed in 1969 as an experimental collective of musicians by Alfredo Guevara, who then was president of the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry. The idea was to get back to the roots of Cuban culture. But also, the group was founded on the same experimental ideas as the Tropicalia movement from Brazil. So, GESI took to Nueva Trova or “new song” and experimented with jazz, rock, samba, and electronics. Known Nueva Trova artists in the group included Silvio Rodriquez, Pablo Milanes and Noel Nicola.
This mix is a sort of “favorites mix” made up of the groove-oriented side of Grupo de Experimentacion Sonora del ICAIC.
I want to thank Adam for giving me the opportunity to share a guest mix and post.
2. Cuba Va!
3. Radiografia de una Apariencia
7. El “Bala”
8. Comienzo El Dia (Daniel Viglietti & GESI)
9. Bachiana Popular Cubana No. 2
10. Cancion Con Todos