2015-04-24 / Community

Cuban band is next in concert series


Primo Cubano will play at South Portland Public Library. It includes Paul D’Alessio, Marc Chillemi, Lenny Hatch, Duane Edwards and Rafael Kielt- Fryre. (Courtesy photo) Primo Cubano will play at South Portland Public Library. It includes Paul D’Alessio, Marc Chillemi, Lenny Hatch, Duane Edwards and Rafael Kielt- Fryre. (Courtesy photo) A concert of Maine-made Cuban music from the group Primo Cubano will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 2 as part of South Portland Public Library’s After Hours Concert Series. The free concert will be held at the library’s main location, 482 Broadway.

Primo Cubano’s sound is based on traditional Cuban dance music dating back to the turn of the 20th century. Son is the most popular style to come out of Cuba and is the primary contributor to the blend of Latin styles today known as salsa. It was first the music of the country people and eventually migrated to Havana, where it was urbanized and began to draw a wider audience.

Guitarist Paul D’Alessio came into contact with the music on a trip to Cuba in 2004. He began learning to play son music on a guitar-like instrument native to Cuba called the tres and subsequently formed Primo Cubano, “Cuban Cousin,” a five piece band composed of D’Alessio, trumpeter Marc Chillemi, percussionist Lenny Hatch, bassist Duane Edwards and Rafael Kielt-Fryre on vocals and timbales.

The concert will be held outside of the library’s usual hours of operation, and as such, regular library services will not be available. Questions can be directed to the South Portland Public Library at 767- 7660. Visit the library website at www.SouthPortlandLibrary.com or follow them on Facebook.

The program is made possible through the support of Friends of the South Portland Public Library.

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