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CD's by resort groups - question for Martian?

I just returned from the Sirenis in Varadero and bought a CD from the house band, as I have in the other resorts when I really like the band. My question is: given the low quality of the copy, how does a local band/group record and reproduce a CD? Do they get to keep most/any of the profit or is there some sort of commission they earn.

Just curious, as I buy the CD’s to support the group as much as for the music.

Thanks for any answers.

CDs are almost always 100% recorded/produced/sold by the members of the band themselves so if you like the group then buying a CD is a great way to support them.

Of course when the group gets popular and starts making too much money then the government steps in for their cut.

By the way, musicians are among the lowest paid employees at a resort and exist almost solely on tips…

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By the way, musicians are among the lowest paid employees at a resort and exist almost solely on tips…[/quote]

Good to know T.

I think this is a little bit of trivia that flies under the radar for most people. Even the most popular musicians at the resorts make almost no money in wages - of course they do very well with tips.

The lesser known musicians (or the ones playing in out-of-the-way spots) can sometimes be in dire need…

don’t be shy to drop a tip into the hat of the bands that play for you at dinner, their music is good and I’m sure they could use the encouragement

Thanks for your information. I have always been generous to the musicians and over the past few years have been giving them guitar strings as well. A good band or combo can make or break a resort for us.

The sextet at the Sirenis was excellent. They played at the Cuban ala carte from 17:00 to 21:30 and then again from 22:30 to 01:00. Many nights there was only my wife and I and another couple or 2. Some nights there were many staff “meeting” while they played and on occasion the staff or guests would join in, actually adding to the enjoyment. The Food and Beverage Manager sang one night to great (deserved) applause. In addition, one of the entertainment managers was on duty to encourage the dancing.

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By the way, musicians are among the lowest paid employees at a resort and exist almost solely on tips…[/quote]

Good to know T. [/quote]

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We generally tip anyways, but this will encourage us to do just a little bit more.

We’ve come home with some great cd’s each visit and look forward to picking up more this next trip. The first thing I do, back home, is make a copy of each cd because I know if the original is damaged, I can’t replace it. Not only are they a pleasure to listen to, they are a great souvenier of our trip. We tip the house band, when they visit our table but, like any other tipping, done discreetly.
By the way, valleyguy, you say your copy was low quality ??? We must have been lucky because all the cds we’ve purchased on resort and off have been really good quality. In what way was your’s poor…just curious?

I purchased a CD last year for 10 CUCs, from which I thought was the house band… but, it turned out to be a compilation of songs, downloaded, and burned to CD! Pretty sneaky… but, it was a good compilation! : )

fabe

That’s interesting, Steffiej,

I assume the musicians playing the resorts generally put out acceptable quality CDs because the popular groups are quite well paid (endless foreign tips) and if the CDs are crap they’ll “face the music” (so to speak) from returning guests.

Bands off the resort are another matter… from my simple digital video/sound package I’ve recorded perhaps a dozen or so CDs for various bands. Even with my minimal equipment my CDs have been better than anything they could afford to produce themselves. I’ve bought CDs from bands that have had other people’s music on them, almost unlistenable music on them, no music or all, and in one memorable case an old porno. Quality is very hit and miss…

[quote=@fabulousfabe]I purchased a CD last year for 10 CUCs, from which I thought was the house band… but, it turned out to be a compilation of songs, downloaded, and burned to CD! Pretty sneaky… but, it was a good compilation! : )

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Same thing happened to me at Barlovento in 2006. I was a little surprised and disappointed, as I really liled the group and wanted their music. >:(

It wasn’t a bad CD though…

Tom

you are right, Valleyguy they are an excellant band, and so personable.
We were at Sirenis last year and bought their CD.
Myself and vallygirl just booked for april 6 this year, can’t wait to see and hear them again.
PS: how was your stay ay Sirenis

Steffiej, perhaps I should have been more specific about the quality. The actual sound quality is okay, but the photocopied label and liner notes (such as there are) are not good quality (which I can understand), however, the last 2 CD’s I bought from a resort band have either skips or stop are say Track 8 when there are 12 Tracks. This is not insurmountable but very bothersome when playing CD’s in rotation.

Bluenoser65, yes Sexteto Primavera are very personable and seemed genuinely glad to have you enjoy there music (especially when there was only a faithful few). The lead male singer/flutist (Jose) repeatedly told everyone, as a group or individually, that “I love you”! I hope to write a review tonight, but the La Salina was the # 1 or 2 resort we have stayed at out the 7 we have been to. My only real complaint was the “sand flea” bites, but that can happen at any resort.

Good question, I’ve wondered this too. Another thing I was wondering is how do the house bands record the music? Is it done in a studio?

There are some independent groups who (because they’re making really decent foreign tips) can afford to record in a “studio.” I use the quotes because most of these “studios” couldn’t hold a candle to the most basic garage or rec room studio that any serious high school musician has in North America.

Most groups record with the most basic equipment imaginable, then get the CDs burned by an underground computer geek. (By the way, Cuba has fabulous hackers. They regularly smash security protocols on computer and satellite software as fast as anyone, but that’s another subject…)