November 17, 2011

V4YS Album Review - Gilles Peterson presents Havana Cultura - The Search Continues (Brownswood Recordings)

Cuban artistic patronage project Havana Cultura is back in the spotlights with the release of a second double-LP titled “Havana Cultura : The Search Continues”.

Still supervised by Gilles Peterson and legendary pianist Roberto Fonseca with some extra help from UK music DJs/producers Simbad and Mala, this new LP is once again split in two parts.

The first disc sees the Havana Cultura band and a host of vocals guests from the up-and-coming cuban scene (like hip-hop singer Danay and rap duo Ogguere) deliver another innovative series of afro-cuban tracks joining the dots between classic rythms from the island (rumba, cha-cha, "son", latin-jazz) and contemporary sounds (soul, hip-hop).
Featuring great latin covers of western soul classics (like the amazing version of Eddie Kendricks "My People...Hold On" reinvented by Danay under the title "Espera...Mi Gente" ) but also original compositions, this disc benefits first and foremost from the absolutely bewitching piano sound from Roberto Fonseca. An absolute thrill!

The second disc is a compilation of tracks from young cuban artists mostly coming from La Havana's rap, hip-hop & reggaeton scenes. More experimental and slightly less accessible, the selection nevertheless contains a few hidden gems like Danay's splendid song "Yo Aprendi".

The band and some of his guest singers are currently touring in Europe (they'll be in Paris on November 21st for instance). Having enjoyed their first tour two years ago, I strongly recommend you to go discover them live!

Below a nice video presenting the record and a streaming of "Yo Aprendi" from Danay :

Retrouvez cette review en français sur le site wegofunk!

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