16 Songs, 1 Hour 9 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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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About AfroCubism

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 concept. He eventually assembled a stellar group of musicians from both countries. Afrocubism is fronted by lead vocalist and acoustic guitarist Eliades Ochoa. His long celebrated Grupo Patria make up the majority of the Cuban players in this large band. The Malians are led by Kouyate and Tounkara, and are joined by vocalist Kassé-Mady Diabaté, balafon maestro Lassana Diabaté, and world-renowned kora player Toumani Diabaté, with Baba Sissoko on talking drum, among others. The group's self-titled album was released in October of 2010, and met with widespread critical acclaim. A European tour followed. ~ Thom Jurek

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