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AfroCubism Revisited

23 April 2017


featuring Bassekou Kouyaté, Seckou Keita, Yelfris Valdés, Piki Bosh & Hammadi Valdés


Although separated by an ocean, centuries of shared cultural heritage connect Cuba and West Africa, and the same irrepressible rhythms are crucial to the music of both.

Hence AfroCubism, an album recorded in 2010 (although originally planned - and thwarted, by visa problems - back in the 1990s) by a loose-knit collection of Malian musicians. This new project, AfroCubism Revisited, explores both some of the music of the original album itself and the rich historical vein of exchange and collaboration in the music lives of Cuba and West Africa.

The unique project brings together one veteran from the original sessions - N'goni master Bassekou Kouyaté - with a whole new ensemble of collaborators to explore once more the wealth of possibilities offered by the union of these two traditions. He's joined by the Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita and a trio of Cuban virtuosos - Yelfris Valdés (trumpet), Piki Bosh (guitar) and Hammadi Valdés (percussion) - to revisit and reimagine their shared, captivating, musical roots.

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Islington Assembly Hall, London

Silk Street, London

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