September 30, 2020 - The Oaklandside

The Afro-Cuban SOUL of Bobi Céspedes

by: Andrew Gilbert

"Since co-founding the Bay Area’s pioneering Cuban dance band Conjunto Céspedes in the early 1980s she’s occupied a singular position in the region’s musical landscape. Céspedes has toured with the Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart, delivered a potent synthesis of Cuban son and East Bay grease on her 2002 collaboration with producer Greg Landau, Rezos, and belted out classic boleros on her self-released 2009 album, Patakín."

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Bobi Céspedes

September 28, 2020 - SFJAZZ

Five Things You Should Know About Bobi Céspedes

"This week’s Fridays at Five streaming concert is a celebration of the Bay Area Latin jazz community featuring the masterful Cuban sonera Bobi Céspedes and her band, joined by guest percussionist and former SFJAZZ Resident Artistic Director John Santos. Here are five things you should know about Bobi Céspedes."

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March 10, 2017 - Berkeleyside

Bobi Céspedes, high priestess of Cuban soul, plays Ashkenaz

by: Andrew Gilbert

"Bobi Céspedes has lived in the United States four time times longer than she spent in her native Cuba, but the island’s verdant culture soaked into her marrow and she’s dedicated herself to bringing Afro-Cuban rhythms and rituals to her adopted homeland. A relatively scarce presence on Bay Area stages in recent years — she was concentrating on getting a daycare center up and running at her house in Oakland — Céspedes settles into Ashkenaz this weekend to fulfill her dual roles as incandescent performer and charismatic educator."

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