David Oquendo & Raíces Habaneras
David Oquendo created the Cuban Folklore group Raíces Habaneras, to rescue and preserve the pure form and essence of Cuban rhythms and to pass it on to newer generations this aspect if Cubas cultural heritage.
Since its creation, the group has performed every Sunday in what is now its home base, La Esquina Habanera, a club located in Union City, New Jersey. This uninterrupted, weekly performance has now become a tradition in the community, and it is known as Domingos de la Rumba (Rumba Sundays).
Raíces Habaneras artistic truth and quality have been witnessed by many on film in HBOs OZ series, the PBS Documentary The Cuban Americans, Ivan Acostas film, How to Create a Rumba, which received accolades at the Lincoln Center Film Festival and the Austin Las Americas Film Festival. The groups unique style has entertained audiences in shows like WXTVs Sabado al Medio Dia and UniVisions Al Despertar, as well as radio listeners on WBAI and WADO. Raíces Habaneras and their sultry sounds have graced lived audiences as well at New Yorks Town Hall Theater, The Park Theater in Union City, The New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), Lehman College, CUNY, The Beacon Theater and several top rooms in Atlantic City. This year, Raíces Habaneras is one of the featured acts performing at the Seattle International Childrens Festival. The group has also performed with such music giants as Paquito DRivera and Michelle Camilo.
Raíces Habaneras is composed of some of the best-known names in the genre, they are:
David Oquendo ... Musical Director/Singer