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Album Review

Seven years into their recording career, Orishas saw the highlights of their three full-length albums compiled on the triple-disc CD/DVD collection Antidiotico alongside a bunch of non-album material and promotional videos. The resulting collection is certainly exhausting — three discs of material for a group with only three albums to its credit — and does double duty, serving the needs of both neophytes as well as completists. The first disc, a 15-track collection of highlights from Orishas' three albums, is an ideal introduction for neophytes to the group. A Lo Cubano (2000), the full-length album debut of Orishas, remains the group's crowning achievement. A groundbreaking Latin rap album, fusing Afro-Cuban rhythms and tropical melodies with hip-hop beats and socially conscious raps, A Lo Cubano deserves a full listen and is the best starting point for listeners more interested in Latin rap than the musical fusion of subsequent albums. However, the follow-up albums Emigrante (2002) and El Kilo (2005) found Orishas evolving with each go-round, fusing more and more styles into their music and getting further and further away from their Latin rap roots. By showcasing the highlights from each of these three albums plus two new recordings, the first disc of Antidiotico encompasses all stages of Orishas' evolution from a groundbreaking Latin rap quartet to an increasingly original Latin fusion trio. Plus, it's sequenced non-chronologically, which makes the group seem all the more stylistically diverse. The second disc of Antidiotico — rounding up remixes and other non-album material, none of it essential — is primarily of interest to completists. The third disc, a DVD compiling promotional videos for eight of the group's singles, is a welcome addition, especially for devoted fans, but it's also inessential. The problem with tacking on the latter two discs of respective rarities and videos is that it drives up the purchase price of Antidiotico. Thankfully, a single-disc edition featuring only the first disc of highlights was also released, so neophytes need not pay extra money for a bunch of extraneous material primarily of interest to completists. [The ten-track second disc of remixes and non-album material was also released separately.]

Customer Reviews

What is the point of this album

Orishas only have 3 albums published. Why would we need a greatest hits? They don't have an extensive enough collection to justify this. This album is just an assortment of their more popular tracks from their 3 albums....

Orishas is Voodoo to the soul

Santeria is the Cuban version of Afro Caribbean religion with the same Gods etc as Voodoo and Orishas I.e. Gods sure know how to lay down a beat and intertwine it with their love if their island Cuba. True to their roots while bringing them to today's music. Love you Orishas lucked out into seeing you live on South Beach and what a treat. A Lo Cubano indeed.

This Crazy Cubans Made Quality and Fun Music The Best in Genre

Estos locos son los mejores eso es lo que dicen en los periodicos Americanos: ...."Today’s New York Times Selects ORISHAS’ Just-Released Antidiótico, As One Of “the most notable world music CDs released over the last year.” ...."The Only-Spanish Language Album Selected In The Times’ Look At The Most Essential World Music Releases Of The Year, Antidiótico Boasts A Selection Of Orishas’ Most Vital Tracks & Three New Songs" Their live show is the best!!!!!!!!!!!! for the quality of their musicians and the perfect Mix of their voices, All latinos should be proud of this guys for puting our language in another continent in such a particular way From Brooklyn, New York


Genre: Urbano latino

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Orishas are a Latin rap group of Cuban expatriates whose debut album, A Lo Cubano (2000), was internationally acclaimed and whose subsequent albums found them furthering their fusion of Latin rhythms and melodies with hip-hop. Comprised of Roldán (born Roldán González Rivero on June 1, 1971, in San Felipe, Cuba), Ruzzo (Hiram Riverí Medina; May 26, 1972; Havana, Cuba), and Yotuel (Yotuel Omar Romero Manzanares; October 6, 1976; Havana, Cuba), the group was formed in Paris, France, in the late '90s....
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