Saturday, April 14, 2007

"Legend of Old Cuba" Joins Estefans' 90 Millas Album


We have just been privy to a rumor which is quickly reaching the stage of speculation and may soon peak at "unsubstantiated but believed true," asserting that the Estefans have recruited, in Emilio's words, the "ultimate legend of old Cuba" for their much ballyhooed tribute to their homeland, 90 Millas (Ninety Miles), which already features such well-known "cubiche by adoption" musicians as Willie Colón and Carlos Santana. (The Estefans were the godparents at the adoption).

"There is none greater or better-known," enthused Emilio Estefan as 1980s disco diva Gloria Estefan smiled and nodded. "His name and Cuba's have been linked for more than 50 years, that is, for the entire span of his legendary career. Whether in Cuba, the United States or anywhere else in the world he needs no introduction, or if he did, it would be his own lyric condemnation of United Fruit's exploitation of banana pickers in the West Indies. His universality is one of those points of light that still illuminates Cuban-American relations as one of Gloria's friend's remarked to me recently," said Emilio.

"THIS MAN IS CUBA!" interrupted Gloria, the 1980s diva who was engaged in animated chatter with friends Carlos Santana and ACLU Miami (FL) Vice-President John de León.

"Ladies and gentlemen, I can mean only one man. And here he is, the builder of bridges between peoples: Harry Belafonte!"

"Matilda, Matilda, I'll take your money and go Venezuela."

Estefan protége Val Prieto was stunned by the announcement and asked: "Who is Harry Belafonte?"

"Matilda, Matilda, I'll take your money and go Venezuela."



POSTSCRIPT:

To the best of my knowledge the Estefans have not asked Harry Belafonte to contribute to their album 90 Millas, although such is their reputation today for stupidity and avarice, that no one who is familiar with their dealings with Carlos Santana and subsequent explanation, would think them incapable of forging a mésalliance with Belafonte, who goes much beyond even Santana in his adulation of "Che" Guevara and support for the Castro regime. For Belafonte, there is no "Good 'Che'" and "Bad 'Che'," much less a "Good Fidel" and a "Bad Fidel." In Belafonte's eyes, Fidel Castro is the greatest man who ever lived and his regime the most just and humane. So if the Estefans feel that they have a great deal to teach their friend Santana, imagine what a challenging project Belafonte would be for them! Of course their publicist can always claim that on another plane of reality, where black is white and wrong is right, a reverse-analog of Belafonte condemns the Castro regime just as passionately as earth's Belafonte worships him.
BTW, that's Danny Grover kissing Belafonte backstage at the 2006 Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards presentation.

7 comments:

killcastro said...

Ya shitting us ? right Mr. T?
I mean, you MUST! Ya GOTTA!
If this is AT all true , the Estefans just went so low in the
patriotism scale (as far as the CUBAN part of CUBAN-AMERICAN)
No wait Belafonte is an renowned anti USA prick.. so forget it the AMERICAN part is also gone to shit. The Estefans salute only ONE flag and it is green with pics of dead presidents on them!

VIVA EL CAPITALISMO coño!

Email said...

Manuel,

Thanks for the news. I am sure some will get alot of mileage out of this news once it's confirmed. I heard that there will be a press conference at Bongo's next week.

Maybe one of the founding bloggers will be allowed to ask questions. I hope they ask Harry to confirm the rumor that he is Halle Berry's surrogate father.

Regards,
El Caimán

Charlie Bravo said...

C'mon, Mr T.... this gotta be a parody, if it's not a comedic barb of yours to the butts of those two, then I promise that when I win the lotto I will set up a physical sciences foundation devoted to study the warped reality that the Eschefans inhabit. With those people I feel sometimes that we are all waking on a Moebius band, for much that we walk, we just turn around without noticing and we reach the same point without even changing directions.
I still hope that this is an elaborate joke of yours... if that's the case, it illustrates how close we are in real life for such an absurd to become a reality in the wonderful world of the Eschefans.

Vana said...

I can't believe this shit, Harry Belafonte as we all know loves kagastro, the E$tefan$ have gone plumb loco, I never liked her music, but yet I bought her cd's in the past to support our fellow Cubans, think I'll have a cd burning party

Manuel A.Tellechea said...

To the best of my knowledge the Estefans have not asked Harry Belafonte to contribute to their album 90 Millas, although such is their reputation today for stupidity and avarice, that no one who is familiar with their dealings with Carlos Santana and subsequent explanation, would think them incapable of forging a mésalliance with Belafonte, who goes much beyond even Santana in his adulation of "Che" Guevara and support for the Castro regime. For Belafonte, there is no "Good 'Che'" and "Bad 'Che'," much less a "Good Fidel" and a "Bad Fidel." In Belafonte's eyes, Fidel Castro is the greatest man who ever lived and his regime the most just and humane. So if the Estefans feel that they have a great deal to teach their friend Santana, imagine what a challenging project Belafonte would be for them! Of course their publicist can always claim that on another plane of reality, where black is white and wrong is right, a reverse-analog of Belafonte condemns the Castro regime just as passionately as earth's Belafonte worships him.

Songuacassal said...

Holy shit, thanks for the news. BTW, glad to see you got your own site, and a sharp ass blog scapel!

A Thought.... said...

The glory days of the Miami Sound Machine have long been gone. The mindless pop drivel they foisted on the country in the 80s (she was never a disco diva; that title, in my mind, belongs to the talented Donna Summer)did nothing but line the coffers of the Estefans. "Mi Tierra" was, I supposed, their version of a return to their Cuban roots. I understand that as "musicians" they want to work with others in a collaborative effort. However, tiene que hacerse de la vista gorda to overlook Santana's leftist leanings (he leans so much I'm surprised he doesn't do his studio sessions laying down). The best way to drive displeasure home is to simply not buy the album. Censorship is un-American. So when the album comes out, I will do what I have always done with their albums: ignore them, just like I ignored their protege, Jon Secada (remember him?)

By the way, Manuel, I enjoy your blog very much. I hope to become a frequent visitor! I have no clue what was happening at the Corral blog other than it seemed to have gotten hijacked again. Victor's ramblings gave me headaches after a while and I am convinced that the majority of those posts were put there simply to aggravate people.