Rubén 'Negro' Rada
Rubén 'Negro' Rada
Birth name Rubén Omár Rada Silva
Born 17 July 1943 (age 72)
Genres Jazz, Rock, Candombe, Latin Jazz
Occupation(s) Bandleader, composer, arranger, singer, actor
Instruments Voice, tamboriles, Congas, percussion
Years active 1955-present
Associated acts Hugo Fattoruso, Eduardo Mateo, Urbano Moraes, Tótem, Airto Moreira, Fito Páez
Rubén Rada (born 17 July 1943); moniker "El Negro Rada") is an Afro-Uruguayan percussionist, composer and singer. He is closely associated with candombe, an Afro–Uruguayan music and dance genre that is built around a chorus of tamboriles – Uruguayan barrel drums. Rada has recorded more than 30 albums, today considered Uruguayan classics. Rada's music, labelled candombe beat, combines pop, rock,and many other international musical styles with typically Uruguayan sounds like those of the candombe drums and of the murga choruses typical of the Uruguayan Carnival. Rada has composed some of Uruguay's most cherished songs.
In 1965, together with Eduardo Mateo, he formed the band El Kinto Conjunto. This was the first group in Uruguay to create the beat genre in Spanish (Castilian) and to fuse rock with Latin American elements unprecedented in first world formats. In 1969 the success of his Candombe song ‘Las Manzanas’ (‘The Apples’), introduced him as a solo artist to a first album and led him to participate in Rio de Janeiro’s Festival of Popular Music. A year later he formed the band TÓTEM, one of the pillars of national rock music. Tótem was one of the most important massive phenomena of Uruguayan music and represented the height of the Candombe beat. In total he has recorded more than thirty albums, his latest being "Fan" (2009). Many of his albums are considered Uruguayan classics.
Besides being well known in Uruguay, Rada has also achieved some measure of renown outside the country and has made a number of recordings under international labels including EMI Latin and Universal Records.
As a renowned composer, his songs are played worldwide and have been recorded by international music celebrities to the likes of Milton Nascimento Lifetime Achievement Award, in Las Vegas. Lanny Hall, and Herb Alpert. Rada was invited by Jon Anderson and Joan Manuel Serrat to feature in their albums ‘Deseo’ (‘Desire’) and ‘Utopía’ (‘Utopia’), respectively.
In 1977, he traveled to the United States invited by the Fattoruso Brothers to play with the group OPA. He remained in the United States until 1978 where he performed together with Ray Barreto, Tom Scott, Flora Purim, Hermeto Pascoal, amongst others.
Between 1991 and 1994, he settled in Mexico, where he worked as a composer and arranger for renowned local musicians such as Mijares, Eugenia León, Stephanie Salas and Tania Libertad. It was in 1994 when Rada shared the spotlight at Mexico City's ‘Palacio de Deportes’ with Sting and UB40.
His records from World Music ‘Montevideo’ and ‘Montevideo II’, which were recorded in New York City and edited in 1996 and 1999 respectively, feature musicians such as Hiram Bullock, Bakithi Kumalo, Hugo Fattoruso, José Pedro Beledo, Antón Fig and Ringo Thielmann. ‘Montevideo’ reached platinum sales in Uruguay and was edited in Argentina, Japan, France, Italy, Sweden, Germany and the United States. In Argentina, he also became extremely popular and recorded many albums. His awarded album ¿Quién va a cantar? (‘Who is going to sing?’), produced by Cachorro Lopez, was awarded Quadruple Platinum album by Cámara Uruguaya del Disco (CUD) in 2002, for selling 24,000 units in Uruguay. It was awarded Gold Album in Argentina.
British singer Paul McCartney and Brazilian singer Milton Nascimento are among Rada's admirers.
He voiced the part of Lucius Best/Frozone in the 2004 Argentinian dubbing of The Incredibles. He has also directed radio and TV shows such as Radar (radio) and El Teléfono (TV).
Since October 2007 he also stars in a sitcom called "La oveja negra" (The black sheep).
In April 2010, the third round of the series LifeLines at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin pays tribute to Rubén Rada. Three days of concerts and discussions about his life and career as part of the project Bicentenario - focusing on 200 years of independence movements in Latin America,
On July 26, 2011, it was announced by The Latin Recording Academy that Rubén Rada will be honored with The Latin Recording Academy®'s Lifetime Achievement Award. This honor will be acknowledged at a special invitation-only ceremony on November 9, 2011, at the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas as part of the weeklong Latin Grammy Award celebration.[needs update]
RELEASED IN URUGUAY:
1968 “Circa 1968” (SONDOR)
1969 “Las Manzanas” (SONDOR)
1970 “Musicasión 4 ½” (SONDOR)
1971 “Tótem” (SONDOR)
1972 “Descarga” (SONDOR)
1972 “Rada” (SONDOR)
1974 “Camerata Punta del Este” (SONDOR)
1975 “Radeces” (AYUI)
1987 “Botija de mi país” (SONDOR)
1991 “Físico de Rock” (SONDOR)
1992 “Concierto por la vida” (ORFEO)
1993 “Lo mejor de Rada” Vol. I (SONDOR)
1996 “Botijas Band con Ruben Rada” (ORFEO)
1996 “Montevideo” PLATINUM ALBUM (BIG WORLD)
1997 “Lo mejor de Rada’ Vol. II (compilation.)(SONDOR)
1997 “Miscelánea Negra” PLATINUM ALBUM (AYUI)
1998 “Rada en Colores”(Compilation) (EMI)
1998 “Tengo un candombe para Gardel” (Compilation.) (REMIX)
1998 “Black” PLATINUM ALBUM (UNIVERSAL)
1999 “Rada Para Niños” GOLD ALBUM (ZAPATITO)
1999 “Montevideo Dos” PLATINUM ALBUM (BIG WORLD)
2000 “ La Cosa se Pone Negra” (Compilation) (UNIVERSAL)
2000 “¿Quién va a Cantar?” TRIPLE PLATINUM (UNIVERSAL)
2001 “Sueños de Niño” GOLD ALBUM (ZAPATITO)
2003 “Alegre Caballero” PLATINUM ALBUM (ZAPATITO)
2004 “Rubenrá” GOLD ALBUM (ZAPATITO)
2005 “Candombe Jazz Tour” (EMI)
2006 “Rakatá” (Compilation ) (ZAPATITO)
2006 “Richie Silver” (EMI)
2007 “Varsovia” con Javier Malosetti (ZAPATITO/ODAY)
2008 “Bailongo” PLATINUM ALBUM (S-MUSIC)
2009 “Fan” GOLD ALBUM (MMG)
2011 “Confidence, Rada Instrumental” (MMG)
2011 “El album negro” (Compilation, 3-CD sets, 50 master pieces) (MMG)
The albums “Magic Time” (Opa – Fantasy Records), “Montevideo” and “Montevideo Dos” (Big World) were released in the USA, Japan, France, Italy, Sweden and Germany.
RELEASED IN ARGENTINA:
1980 “La Banda”
1981 “La Rada”
1982 “En Familia”
1983 “La Cosa Se Pone Negra”
1984 “Adar Nebur”
1986 “La Yapla Mata”
1987 “Siete Vidas”
1989 “Pa’ los Uruguayos” (MELOPEA)
1990 “Las aventuras de R.Rada y Litto Nebbia”(MELOPEA)
1991 “Las aventuras de R.Rada y H.Fattoruso” (MELOPEA)
1991 “Terapia de Murga” (MELOPEA)
1997 “Montevideo” (ARGENDISC)
1997 “Miscelánea Negra” (AQUA)
1998 “Rada en Colores” (Compilation) (EMI)
1998 “Black” (UNIVERSAL)
2000 “La Cosa se Pone Negra” (Compilation) (UNIVERSAL)
2000 “Quien Va a Cantar” GOLD ALBUM (UNIVERSAL)
2003 “Alegre Caballero” GARDEL AWARD (EMI)
2004 “Rubenrá” GARDEL AWARD (EMI)
2005 “Candombe Jazz Tour” (EMI)
2006 “Richie Silver” GARDEL AWARD (EMI)
2007 “Varsovia”(Rubén Rada/Javier Malosetti) (S-MUSIC)
2008 “Bailongo” (S-MUSIC)
2010 “FAN” (Sony MUSIC)
2011 “Confidence, Rada Instrumental” (S-MUSIC)
Soy paciente (1986)
El chevrolé (1999