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Sentir

Omar Sosa

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Album Review

On Sentir, the globetrotting, Cuban-born pianist Omar Sosa is joined not by a full band, but rather by a host of percussionists and vocalists. Sosa remains focused on communicating a kind of ecstatic, multicultural religiosity — most of these tracks are dominated by fervent chanting in one of several languages, underscored by rolling percussion grooves. Sosa's piano is the only Western instrument on the scene, a fact that somehow gives it added power. Like his previous album, Prietos, this one also has a hip-hop element, with Terence Nicholson (aka Sub-Z) contributing rap poetry on five of the tracks. Despite its passionate intent, Sentir winds up feeling a little overcrowded and one-dimensional, although there are moments of great clarity and beauty, particularly on sparser pieces like "Sucesion en Blanco," "Oda al Negro," and "Tres Notas en Amarillo." ~ David R. Adler, Rovi

Biography

Born: 10 April 1965 in Camagüey, Cuba

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Multi-instrumentalist Omar Sosa was born on April 10, 1965, in Camaguey, Cuba. At the age of five, Sosa began studying music at the Escuela Provincial de Musica in Camaguey, which led to his intense study of drums and percussion at two other schools during the late '70s/early '80s: Cuba's Escuela Nacional de Musica and Instituto Superior de Arte. Sosa then began to teach percussion to children before he created the group Tributo in 1986, for which Sosa penned and oversaw the material for two of their...
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