Bobi Cespedes: Patakin.

Author:Varela, Jesse
 
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BOBI CÉSPEDES

Patakín

(BCP)

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At the age of 60, the SF Bay Area singer Gladys "Bobi" Céspedes is a regional legend of Cuban son and folklore. That initially shy girl, who began singing with her family's ensemble (Conjunto Céspedes) in the 1980s, is now a diva whose voice has seasoned over the years into a deeper and huskier timbre, incredibly sensitized by life's wisdom and experiences. Sabora Míopens the twelve-song albura with a mellow bolero rendering; soft and sweet. Patakin, the title track, is a gem that draws from santería liturgy for its story and begins with a divine batá intro (performed by Sandy Pérez) before it transitions into a medium/slow son. Bobi articulates the theme, before wailing improvisational pregones about...

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