Pedro Luis Ferrer Breaks Music Barriers

Published: 2005-04-28
Cuban artist Pedro Luis Ferrer has been playing his guaracha-style songs for over forty years tackling such issues as poverty, inequality, and social injustice. Ferrer's latest album, Rustico, was released to critical acclaim earlier this year in North America. The New York Times recently published an article entitled "This Is The Sound of Globalization" citing Pedro Luis Ferrer as an artist that has the ability to break language barriers and international borders.

Ferrer has called his new music "changuisa", which is a blend of traditional Cuban music and experimental new sounds. Compared to many Cuban artists, Ferrer uses a minimum number of instruments and musicians. Songs on the album deal with a wide array of subjects from selfish husbands to Andean cocaine growers.

Ferrer was born in Yanguaji, a small town in Cuba where he lived until he moved to Havana in 1965. Getting involved in the local music scene, Ferrer gradually built up an audience. In 1999 he released his first official US self titled album. Ferrer is currently a paid musician under Castro's government, but his music cannot be heard there. It was banned in the late 80's when he opposed the "New Love Song Movement", which set out to create strict rules for writing protest songs. Seeing this as a threat against his freedom, Ferrer refused to let his music be compromised.

Too read a recent Soul Shine CD Review of Pedro Luis Ferrer's latest album Rustico, check out:

Writer: Trent McMartin



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Pedro Luis Ferrer, probably the best musician that has come out of the province known as Villa Clara,or Las Villas,after Mr Beny More,is originally from El municipio de Yaguajay,not Yanguji,solo queria corregir el nombre del pueblo de donde proviene dicho talento cubano,ya que por coencidencia,yo tambien soy de dicha provincia,saludos a todos los miembros de de Soulshine and have a merry christmas and a happy new year, Victor Ivan.
Posted by: victorramos@bellnet. on November 30, 2007
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