Guitarist/tresero/vocalist Gabriel Garcia became fascinated with the eastern Cuban musical form and founded Changüí Majadero in 2014 to explore and champion it. Garcia, the first generation Mexican-American son of a corridos (popular Mexican ballad) writer and grandson of an opera singer, took up guitar in high school and later had a revelation when he first heard an album by the seminal Grupo Changüí Guantanamo.
“The beautiful thing about changüí is the way the rhythm and melodic elements work together,” Garcia says. “There are these wonderful African elements in the music—the syncopation of the rhythms, the call and response. But a lot of décimas and quartetos are sung and improvised like in other Latin folk traditions. You can talk about almost any subject, from love to politics, just like the blues.”
Changüí Majadero has played in such disparate settings such as Lincoln Center, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and even Dodger Stadium. Join them as they bring their trademark brand of communal celebration and street level humanity to 2018 Summer Fest.