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Editors’ Notes

It’s fair to say that Orishas are on the cutting-edge of Latin hip-hop, but that doesn’t tell the whole story. They do more than just lay down beats and rhymes; they craft solid songs with catchy, anthemic sung choruses as on “El Kilo” and “Que Se Bote,” as well as slower grooves like “Reina de la Calle.” Infectious, danceable, and diverse, El Kilo ranges from Latin-flavored pop to rumba to rap. Across the album they cut their beats with acoustic guitars, afro-Cuban jazz rhythms, sharp horns, and as much organic percussion as electric, while the MCs trade lines crisply and smoothly. Comprised of Cubans who have lived in France and toured the world, the trio has soaked up influences from around the globe and used them to broaden and deepen their sound. Though they are well known enough to have received a Latin Grammy for their last album, Emigrantes, this strong effort should gain them an even wider audience.

Customer Reviews

Orishas I Love

So, first of all, i do have to say that there is no beating their first effort "A Lo Cubano", but this definatly comes close. This album bridges the gap, between their first and seconed effort. While I always love Orishas, i have to say i was dissapointed with their second album, it seemed as though they had left out a lot of the hip hop and began to focus on tradional cuban, with little traces left behind. This album is so great because it is able to be perdomintaly focused on Cuban syles with a hip hop flavor that works and compliments, as opposed to thrown in. As i said earlier, " A lo Cubano" is a work of art that cant be replicated. That said, once i poped this cd in, i was deffinatly feeling it " They did it again, and they have a groove that is amazing... Please buy this album and support real artists

A positive Latin music progression

I think this is definetly one of the best albums that is coming out of the "new" latin music movement. The lyrics are great, the music stays true to its cuban heritage while incorporating hip/hop in a very unique way. The whole album is great and flows seamlessly. Quien Te Dijo is a little too close to some of the mainstream American hip/hop for my taste, but besides that, this album definetly deserves all the great reviews it has recieved, in and out of Latin America.

Orishas hit a homerun again

I'm a big fan of Orishas and love their first album "a lo Cubano". I was slightly disapointed with their sophomore effort, "Emigrante" but with "El Kilo" Orishas return to more of a Cuban and less of a hip hop sound. Ruzzo and Yotuel, the two rappers of the group actually sing on this album and Roldan's vocals are great as ever. I highly recommend this album. This ain't reggaeton. It's something completely and I think completely different than any other type of music out there. Enjoy.


Genre: Latin Urban

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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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Latin Urban, Music, Latino
  • Released: Mar 29, 2005

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