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Contacting Carlos Aldama

Carlos Aldama
Oni-Sango, Omo Aña, Maestro

You may ask why is this man so important? It is from the prestigious lineage from which this "slave to the drums" descends.

The knowledge that he has was passed to him orally by his teacher, Jesus Perez "Oba Ilu", original musical director of Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba and favorite student of Pablo Roche Cunal, "Akilakua", the man co-responsible with famed Cuban folkloric historian Fernando Ortiz for bringing the Bata drums out of the religious setting for its first public appearance, circa 1935. When Jesus passed on, Mr. Aldama became the musical director for the next fifteen years of the total twenty-eight years in which he remained with CFNC. 

He is a co-founder of the Ministry of Culture, Havana Cuba (1959) and Co-founder of Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba (1962). Both the Cuban government and the Ministry of Culture have recognized him. He has been awarded a Doctorate on Folkloric Percussion and has a degree from The School of Music Ignacio Servantes Institute of Superior Art (ISA).

His life has been dedicated to the teaching and the performance of Afro-Cuban music. This passion and commitment to the rich life of Cuban people, has afforded him to teach and perform music throughout Europe, the Americas and Africa. 

Master of percussion and song in;Yoruba Bata and Bembe, Congas-Palo Iyesa, Arara, Yuca, Makuta, Bricamo and Bantu. Rumba-Yambu, Guaguanco, Columbia, and Comparsa.

He has worked with the National Symphony of Cuba as well as composed the music for Alicia Alonzo's ballet The River and the Forest. He was musical director under famed playwright Roberto Blanco and famed director Alex Valdez, of the Karl Marx Theatre, Havana Cuba. He has laid musical tracks for soap operas and film. He has recorded with Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba, Lazaro Ros & Groupo Oru, Mercedita Valdez, Groupo Son 14, Sentesi, Mescla, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Sergio Vitier, Adalberto Alvarez y su Son and various other artists. 

He is routinely "called in" as Akpwon and Elder (master of ceremonies) of ritual Afro Cuban Aña ceremonies in the Lukumi Santeria religion. 

His teaching skills and style have brought him to universities and children classrooms and several Bay Area cultural institutions. He has been awarded an Artist in Residence award for three years in a row from the California Arts Council. 

Mr. Aldama currently lives in the Oakland - SF - Bay Area and is available for lectures, consultations, private classes, performances and workshops. 

If you are already a student of the bata drum; Mr. Aldama is selling some instructional bata drum videos which are a must if you are a devotee of the religion since he himself is playing on both videos, there are two videos. In Video I Mr. Aldama is playing all the parts, on Video II Mr. Aldama is playing the iya from Oro Seco all the way to Eggun. The videos are $75.00 a piece if anyone is interested in purchasing contact this e-mail address: bembeblu2@aol.com

to contact Carlos Aldama. Please call 
510. 351-5841 or bembeblu2@aol.com

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carlosbwx.jpg (8500 bytes)Carlos Aldama, a founding member of the Conjunto Folklórico, left the group in 1991. He studied batá under Jesus Pérez when that master was in residence at the Conjunto. Carlos has also worked with Alex Valdez, director of the Karl Marx Theatre in Havana. Other credits include recording with Adalberto Alvarez y su Son and more recently, a project involving both Lázaro Ros and the piano virtuoso Gonzalo Rubalcaba. He played lead drummer for Lázaro Ros' Olorún. 

Carlos Aldama is a tremendo bata player, one of the best from Cuba.

Schedule

Update, 1/01

Carlos Aldama is doing a song class at La Pena cultural Center located at 3105 Shattuck Ave. in Berkeley. Wednesday nights at 6:00p.m. Carlos Aldama's classes at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts will commence on January 27, 2001, Saturday. The song will be at 1:00p.m.-2:00 p.m. The percussion will be 2:00-3:00p.m. 6 classes at $48.00. On Thursdays percussion will be at 6:30p.m.-7:300p.m. and song will be 7:30p.m.-8:30p.m. Home-based, spiritual readings by Carlos Aldama are available, please contact following e-mail:marn8@earthlink.net

CARLOS ALDAMA PEREZ who was apprentice to the first musical director of Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba (CFNC), Jesus Perez Puente and later was musical director himself of the (CFNC) will resume his residency at Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts 2868 Mission St. nr. 24th St Bart in San Francisco.

Mr. Aldama's prestigous career precedes him as percussionist in the cabaret, Tropicana and Regalia. He was a member of the musical folkloric group "Isupo Iraguo with Mercedita Valdez (now deceased) was soloist. He's a founding member of Group Oru and also the founding professor of the first international course "FolCuba" (1984). His vast knowledge knows no bounds and his patience infinite for he likes to work with novices.

The classes are as follows:

Thursdays 7:00-8:00p.m. and Saturdays 1:00-2:00p.m. Orisha songs

Thursdays 8:00-9:00p.m. and Saturdays 2:00-3:00p.m. general percussion.

What kind of general percussion? the rumba genre; yambu, guaguanco, columbia in both styles Havana and Matanzas. The congo genre: yuca, makuta, palo iyesa, arara. All these rhythms are taught. Please bring your instruments, bells, palitos, drums etc. The song classes will deal with oro cantado from top to bottom. Please bring pad and pen. Thursdays for advanced level Saturday beginner but all levels welcome. Private instruction available upon request for Bata drumming.

Mr. Aldama is also selling instructional bata drumming videos.

For further info: marn8@earthlink.net

 

As of early 2000

Carlos Aldama will be teaching at Mission Cultural Center 2868 Mission St nr. 24th St. Bart. The classes will be ongoing through June 2000. He will be teaching Afro-Cuban folkloric percussion general rhythms such as the rumbas: yambu, guaguanco, and columbia in its two regional representations Havana style and Matansas to start. then on to the congo rhythms-- iyesa --- arara.

The classes will commence on Thursday, May 4 2000 7:00- 8-00p.m. orisha songs. 8:00-9:00p.m. the general percussion class. On Saturday, May 6, 2000 from1:00-2:00 p.m. orisha song class and 2:00-3:00p.m. general percussion. The classes will be ongoing through June 2000. Mr. Aldama also teaches bata drums by way of his master teacher, Jesus Perez. If there is anyone interested in private session, please call (650)756-1289.

If you are already a student of the bata drum; Mr. Aldama is selling some instructional bata drum videos which are a must if you are a devotee of the religion since he himself is playing on both videos, there are two videos. In Video I Mr. Aldama is playing all the parts, on Video II Mr. Aldama is playing the iya from Oro Seco all the way to Eggun. The videos are $75.00 a piece if anyone is interested in purchasing contact this e-mail address marn8@earthlink.net.

Note: Carlos Aldama was due earlier, but due to the Elian case, many artists did not get visas, these are now coming in.

Regino Jiménez & Carlos Aldama of Folklórico National de Cuba &   ALL-STAR AFRO-CUBAN ENSEMBLE
dancers José Francisco Barroso  & Susana Arena

December 4, 1999 San Francisco, CA Korinthias Community Center
245 Valencia Street
Btwn. 14th & Duboce
415.648.1045
7 PM, $15 general
$8 students & seniors

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510. 351-5841 or bembeblu2@aol.com

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