Cuba 50 is supported by the
Cuban Ministry of Culture, Cuban Embassy,
ComoNo, Music Fund for Cuba, Cuba Solidarity Campaign, Unison, Unite,
Thompsons Solicitors, Cuban Tourist Board and business, community and
cultural organisations based in the UK and Cuba.
Cuba50 logo thanks to Phill Pennington, image used in logo thanks to James Sparshatt www.capitalculture.eu
AfroCubism Revisited - in Leeds
22 April 2017
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. The album - conceived and produced by Nick Gold and thus released on World Circuit Records - can be found here.
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.