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the selection of “Jazz and salsa” #4

The kids of Irakere

Based in 1973 by the piano grasp Chucho Valdes, Irakere was the primary Cuban group to dabble in jazz after 1959, below the guise of conventional music. An experimental formation, Irakere has grow to be a reference in Cuba and on the worldwide scene. In addition to the eminent Arturo Sandoval and Paquito D’Rivera, Anga Diaz, Jose Luis Cortes “El Tosco” and Orlando “Maraca” Valley are a part of the signatures handed by the Irakere college.

The concept of “Los Herederos” ? Reconnect with the spirit of Irakere and lengthen his work by way of ten compositions: six unpublished themes composed by former members German Velazco, Orlando Valle, Jose Luis Cortes, Cesar Lopezthree by Maestro Chucho and a medley carried out by the celebs of the second, Alain Perez, Issac Delgado, Haila Mompie, Mayito Rivera, Cimafunk. Additionally joined: Rodney Barreto, Yaroldy Abreu, Gaston Joya, Harold Lopez-Nussa, Rolando Luna (additionally members ofEl Committee), Hector Quintana, Adel Gonzalez, Julito Padron, Alejandro Falcon, Yasek Manzano, Alexander Abreu. A litany to make you dizzy. The whole Cuban scene celebrates Irakere’s legacy.

In a primary motion, the audio system compete in virtuosity in descarga mode. By far probably the most attention-grabbing half that means that you can savor the unstoppable rhythm, the Afro-Cuban influences, the elegant contributions of the flute of Maraca and guitarHector Quintana. Having handed a peaceable plateau (began by a resumption of Obatala of Mayra Caridad Valdes), the recording takes off in an explosive finale bringing collectively a profitable medley, the dancing El-Tamal interpreted by Maikel Dinza and an incredible disco model of Baila Mi Ritmo with Cimafunk as chief deconstructor.

Gwoka, this stranger

Like different Caribbean genres, Guadeloupe gwoka was a music of resilience throughout the time of slavery. The so-called trendy gwoka is resistance music developed from the work of Gerard Lockel. Within the early Seventies, the nationalist musician theorized the gwoka moden each as a present of thought and as a musical principle. The compilation “Léspri Ka: New Instructions in Gwoka Music from Guadeloupe 1981-2010”printed by the London label Time Capsule, seems again on the event of the up to date type of gwoka, a motion intimately linked to social struggles and identification claims.

We’ll uncover unknown teams like Daothe pioneer Kalindi or the reference Gui Konket. “Lespri Ka” immerses us in hypnotic, heady, fascinating music, with a choice for religious, psychedelic and trance-friendly tracks. We’ll respect the care given to the booklet which explains the historical past of conventional gwoka and places trendy gwoka into perspective earlier than presenting every title and their performers.

“Lespri Ka” reminds us if obligatory that Caribbean music shouldn’t be confined to Cuban sound, Dominican merengue or Jamaican reggae. And if the epic of “Lespri Ka” ends in 2010, the modernity of gwoka has by no means been so topical. Because of the jazzmen Jacques Schwarz-Bart, Frank Nicholas, Sonny Troupe, Arnaud Dolmen.

The old-fashioned of Papa Orbe

Singer and tresero from Santiago de Cuba, Daddy Orb Ortiz, has been a key determine on the Barcelona scene for greater than twenty years. Nevertheless, “Sabor y Medio” is the veteran’s first album. The recording of a gaggle extra accustomed to the stage than to the studios might have aroused fears… swept away by the intelligence of the strategy, specifically the care given to the standard of the sound.

His cubano, changüi, guajira, rumba, boogaloo, mambo and old style salsa… We experience a elegant old-school sound that we have not heard for a very long time. The meticulous manufacturing (Rocafort Data, accustomed to high quality reissues and Electropikal Inventive by Marcelo Rosario Morales, ex-singer of Sucursal SA) highlights the tasty repertoire of Papa Orbe. To style with the ears, and why not with the ft.

Learn additionally: Anthology of the European scene: the selection of “Jazz and salsa” #3

“Los Herederos – Homenaje a Chucho Valdés e Irakere”: CD, digital platforms (2022, Egrem)

“Lèspri Ka: New Instructions in Gwoka Music from Guadeloupe 1981​-​2010”: CD, Vinyl, digital platforms (2022, Time Capsule)

“Sabor Y Medio, by Papa Orbe & Los Científicos Del Sabor”: CD, Vinyl, digital platforms (2022, Rocafort Data)

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