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AfroCubism

AfroCubism

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When Ry Cooder and producer Nick Gold were putting together the sessions that would become the highly successful Buena Vista Social Club album the plan was to include master musicians from Mali. But due to various problems the Malians were unable to reach Cuba to record. This original vision has finally been realized with AfroCubism. Cuban guitarist and singer Eliades Ochoa and his band are joined by a Malian crew of virtuosi that includes Toumani Diabaté on kora, Bassekou Kouyate on ngoni, singer Kassé Mady Diabaté, and legendary Super Rail Band guitarist Djelimady Tounkara, among others. The result is an extraordinarily rich and rewarding album filled with countless pleasures. West African and Cuban music has long been intertwined and it is thrilling to hear how naturally and beautifully the traditional African instruments blend with Cuban rhythms and guitar styles. Whether performing a Cuban or African song the musicians play off of each other with passion and grace, as they improvise licks and elaborate melody lines. AfroCubism was worth the wait.

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AfroCubism

Picking up where BuenaVista Social Club left off, AfroCubism is a beautiful blend of African
and Cuban melodies and rhythms.
These are obviously musicians at the top of there craft enjoying themselves immensely.
There are echos of Buena Vista Social Club on this album, but only because it shares some
of it's cultural heritage.
There are also rhythms and melodies that are reminiscent of African musicians such as
Tony Allen, Ayub Ogada , and Ali Farka Toure
A beautiful fusion of many different elements, that pays homage to (without copying or
musically denigrating Buena Vista Social Club) and expands on it's initial concept/themes and
brings even more to the table.
I can't recommend it enough.
If I could give it 10 stars, I would.

Afrocubanism

I was disappointed with this album, especially with the first songs, they sound much like Buena Vista Social Club. Just not a very exciting collection of songs

Very good album

The first song on this album is one of my favourites. The rest of the album is superb as well, diverse and inspiring all the way through. Well worth listening to if you are a fan of world music.

Biography

Genre: World

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Afrocubism is a collective of Cuban and Malian musicians brought together by World Circuit Records producer Nick Gold. Gold's original idea in the 1990s was to enlist Cuban musicians, Ry Cooder, Malian ngoni master Bassekou Kouyate, and electric guitarist Djelimady Tounkara. Due to visa snafus, that recording session never happened; the Cubans and Cooder recorded and the end result was the now legendary Buena Vista Social Club album. Though it took over a decade, Gold persisted in pursuit of his...
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