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The Guardian festival blog: Juan de Marcos Afro-Cuban All Stars review – a blast of sun-baked sultriness and Strictly magic | Music


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The Cuban musician led his globe-trotting ensemble through a smooth set of bolero, rumba and salsa-infused classics at the Celtic Connections festival

Juan de Marcos González leads his Afro-Cuban All Stars at Celtic Connections, Glasgow






Dapper … Juan de Marcos González leads his Afro-Cuban All Stars at Celtic Connections, Glasgow.
Photograph: Murdo Macleod for the Guardian

Juan de Marcos González is the bandleader and producer who helped make global superstars of some of Cuba’s most soulful, if overlooked, veterans. In 1996, he was recruited by Ry Cooder as a vital fixer, headhunting local talent for the original Havana recording sessions that would give birth to the Buena Vista Social Club phenomenon.

More than two decades later, González is keeping the flame of Cuba’s melting-pot music traditions alive with his own globetrotting ensemble. While the average age skews a little lower thanks to his two young daughters on clarinet and vibraphone, the result…



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