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Juan de Marcos & The Afro-Cuban All Stars

The Afro-Cuban  All Stars (ACAS)  is a unique orchestra; devoted to promoting the complete story  of Cuban  music.   With  each  show  the orchestra exposes Cuba’s rich musical history interpreting  all  of  its  musical  genres.    Since their  inception,  many  of  the  Afro  Cuban  All Stars’  musicians  have  become  international super stars, including  the brilliant  performers Ruben Gonzalez, Guillermo Rubalcava, and Manuel "The Guajiro" Mirabal.
The Afro-Cuban All Stars genesis was the early 1990s.  Back then, Juan de Marcos was the band leader of a traditional son band, Sierra Maestra.  He had always dreamed of creating an album celebrating the classic Cuban sound of the ‘50s.   So Juan leveraged the success of Sierra Maestra and convinced his record label, World Circuit to make his dream a reality.   He went on to develop the Afro Cuban All Stars concept.    Juan de Marcos sought out many great  musicians,  who  are  now  revered  world  wide  including  Ibrahim  Ferrer,  Omara, Portuondo and Ruben Gonzalez.

 In March of 1996 Juan de Marcos & ACAS recorded A Toda Cuba Le Gusta, featuring nearly

60 performers.  Then, with celebrated  artists Compay Segundo, Eliades Ochoa, and noted American guitarist Ry Cooder, the unforgettable Buena Vista Social Club CD was recorded. An added bonus was the miraculous  solo album  Introducing Ruben Gonzalez recorded  on a minuscule budget, in merely two live sessions with simple orchestrations  conducted at the studio by Juan de Marcos. It was destiny and Introducing Ruben Gonzalez still is one of the most successful of the “Buena Vista” series of recordings.

 In 1997 Juan de Marcos & ACAS toured all over Europe with a multi-generational band; their ages ranging from 19 to 90.  With nearly 2 decades of tremendous success – including four Grammy nominations,  several award winning documentaries  films, and being recipients of many other distinctions – the Afro Cuban All Stars are the best-known Cuban orchestra since Irakere.

 With the Afro-Cuban All Stars, Juan de Marcos has developed much more than a musical group, he created an institution. With this formula Juan stretches his creative wings; fusing contemporary,  traditional  and  in  essence,  the  future  styles  of  Cuban  music.    He  fluidly adjusts the orchestra’s line-up of musicians to best reflect the various styles from the past eras featured in their performances. The current line-up of ACAS consists of the finest Cuban expatriate musicians, all alumni of Cuba’s greatest bands. The Afro Cuban All Stars tour is a band constantly telling the story of Cuban music to the rest of the world.

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