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Popular Puerto Rican singer Danny Rivera joined efforts with Cuban pianist Frank Fernandez to record a CD with songs by old singer-songwriters from the two countries.

It is an independent production with hallmark from Fernandez himself, but that does not have a record label to distribute it yet, explained both artists gathered in Havana on Tuesday afternoon to release their work entitled "Dos Trovadores".

The CD is composed of some 14 pieces among them "Vinte Años" (Teresa Vera); "Amargas Verdades" (Sindo Garay); "Capullito de Alelí" (Rafael Hernandez); "Longina"(Manuel Corona); "Mi Ayer" (Ñico Rojas); "Obsesion" (Pedro Flores) and "Nuestro Juramento" (Benito de Jesus).

"This is one of the most honorable works I have made in my life", said during the launch Fernandez, well-known for being the author of hundreds of works for chamber music and his skill as a soloist, but whose popular facet is less known.

According to Fernandez and without specifying which, two Cuban record companies have already shown their interest to carry on with the disc and to distribute it.

For his part, Puerto Rican Rivera commented that the criterion to choose the songs that make up the recording was the passion of the moment.

The popular singer added that it was an encounter among everyone, which it was naturally supposed to happen, added the popular singer and to whom this work ome sort of "spiritual breath".

The CD has also several special guests such as Pancho Amat, Barbarito Torres, and Adriano Rodriguez.

The opening speech of the launch and prologue of the disc came from musicologist Lino Betancourt, who made some technical considerations.

Betancourt highlighted that most of the time the privileged instrument to accompany trova is the guitar.

"Up to now it was unusual to listen to pieces from traditional trova in piano", Betancourt highlighted.

Source: CubaSi

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