Elio, dubbed the father of changüí for his seminal work on this genre, is also considered one of the forerunners of salsa music and his orchestra included musicians of the stature of vocalist Ibrahim Ferrer; pianists Chucho Valdés, César Pedroso and Juan Carlos Alfonso; and bass guitarist Juan Formell, who left the group in 1969 to form Los Van Van.
Acting as an artistic ambassador for Cuba, the Orquesta Revé made several tours abroad in the seventies, traveling to countries such as Spain, Belgium and the People`s Republic of Angola, and these journeys are well documented on the internet. However, little is known about their trip to Peru in 1971…
The local record label MAG quickly signed the Cuban groups that arrived in the Peruvian capital and that the head of the label, Manuel Guerrero, agreed to record. The La Revé LP was followed by a Los Compadres album the following year.
"De Habana a Lima..." comprises a dozen songs labeled changüis, mostly written by Cuban composers, the exception being the closing track: `Domingas`, an original song by Brazilian artist Jorge Ben. In contrast, the album opens with the distinctly Cuban song `Guajira guantanamera`.
Quite an invisible record even for hardcore collectors, and almost impossible to find in any condition, “De Habana a Lima” is now reissued for the first time.