Who would have known? Twenty years have passed since Gerardo Alfonso wrote the song “Sabanas Blancas”. Time seems to have stayed still since the singer immortalized in his verses the Havana Capitol, the Prado with its lions and the long wall along the coast. The fact is that the white sheets hanging on balconies have become an image of yesterday, today and forever.
This hit has been very significant in the career of Gerardo, who declared in a press conference how much he appreciates it: "besides being a song that communicates the collective feeling of Cubans, is also an issue that has helped me survive all inclemency ".
"It is not that it is a number one in any list, but it has helped me stay alive at all times and against all odds," said Alfonso.
“Sabanas Blancas” makes the author, two decades after it is created, to take a tour of Cuban scenarios. For the composer the fact this song survives and is living in the people is a cause for celebration.
This Saturday Gerardo will begin presentations that, from Ciego de Avila to Pinar del Rio, will celebrate the birthday of one of the compositions that more properly defines the Cuban capital.
Also the creator of the guayasón rhythm celebrates his thirty-year career. The anniversary is another reason to celebrate, but the musician has chosen to honor “Sabanas Blancas”, soundtrack of a beautiful lady: Havana.
At concerts he will look back and remember vital songs from his work as “Yo te quería María” and “Son los sueños todavía”, musical minutes in which Gerardo speaks of dreams and utopias of an essential man: Ernesto Guevara. This composition, one of the most emblematic songs about Che, is aready 15 years old.
Alfonso comes to the three decades of artistic work full of ideas and eager to do more. In the tour of several provinces in central and western Cuban the songwriter will introduce the Té de Jazmín project, made by of a group of girls that has accompanied him for some time in his performances.
Gerardo Alfonso enriched the New Trova Movement with his mythical compositions, his concerts guitar in hand and his particular way of reaching the public.
He has been for more than a quarter century making music and creating ways to say, leaving behind a trail of songs that accompany us, since they summarize what many feel, and we can not explain.